Visual Studio

A 8-post collection

Success by a thousand cuts: Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 and SQL Azure

These real world experiences with Azure are now available in the Pluralsight course "Modernizing Your Websites with Azure Platform as a Service" It seems like every time I turn around there’s something I haven’t seen in Azure. If I’m honest, it leaves me in a perpetual state of “Oh man, there is so much stuff I don’t know”. I suspect that resonates with many readers of this blog because there’s just so much stuff to keep on top of these days. Often I’m not sure if I’ve just been overlooking something that’s always been there or if it’s...

Essential reading for Visual Studio 2013, MVC 5 and Web API 2

It’s here! Visual Studio 2013 has just hit with an announcement here and downloads here plus a launch in four weeks. No, I don’t quite understand what a launch next month means when you can grab it now either but the important thing is that the new software has landed. In times gone by I’ve written my own overviews of what’s new in the VS IDE plus the frameworks and projects templates that launch with it but there’s so much good reading out there now that I’m going to take a little short cut and just link you through to the good stuff with a few brief intros....

Metadata file could not be found in a solution path with escaped spaces

After a short exchange of friendly but accusatory cross-continental messages, I’ve learned something new about .NET projects today. Let me start with the symptoms as that’s the first thing I Googled for and how I suspect others will find this and save themselves some pain in the future. Let’s say you have a solution like this: This is a brand newie right out of the box to demonstrate the problem. The web project references the ClassLibrary project as a project reference. In other words, the project file contains something like this: <ProjectReference Include="..\ClassLibrary\ClassLibrary.csproj"> <Project>{705479f2-2820-44ea-a983-f03c70ae0754}</Project> <Name>ClassLibrary</Name>...

10 illustrated examples of Visual Studio 11

Fresh from the 2012 MVP summit with lots of enthusiasm and grand ideas, I thought it would be worthwhile repeating my 25 illustrated examples of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 post with the technologies of today (or should that be tomorrow?) albeit a few weeks later than I had planned. There are some very, very exciting new things in the pipeline which I’d like to share while they’re fresh in my mind and analogous with that post from two and a half years back, I’d like to actually show you what’s happening. There’s so much great new stuff in Visual Studio 11 that it deserves its own post! If...

You're deploying it wrong! TeamCity, Subversion & Web Deploy part 3: Publishing with Web Deploy

<< Part 2: MSBuild and deployable packages Part 4: Continuous builds with TeamCity >> In the first two parts of this series we got config transforms working and the web app successfully bundled into a nice self-contained deployable package. Next up: get the thing to publish. For the most part, the vast majority of web app deployment has historically been done by pushing the entire site out over either UNC or FTP, a practice which has a series of fundamental shortcomings that set deployment up for potential failure. To begin with, by default neither protocol is encrypted. Yes, there’s SFTP and FTPS but it’s not often you see these applied, particularly not as a...