File Nesting in Visual Studio 2017 ASP.Net Core Projects

Nov 27, 2017 No Comments by

I saw a feature I was not aware of in a Pluralsight vid that I was watching recently that I thought was really cool, especially for a backend C# guy like me who is getting back into web development after a while, using ASP.Net Core 2.x and Aurelia, which adopts an opinionated convention over configuration […]

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Issues Updating Xamarin in Visual Studio

Jul 10, 2016 No Comments by

Just a quick note to hopefully help prevent a major time-suck in updating the Xamarin components in Visual Studio. Scenario: you open up your Xamarin project in Visual Studio, and a notification appears in your system tray saying that there is a Xamarin for Visual Studio update available, and to “click here” to install it. […]

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Test Runners Executing Tests Multiple Times in Visual Studio

Sep 04, 2015 No Comments by

A quick note to any of you who are running into issues with your tests running multiple times in Visual Studio:  Check your packages folder (i.e. NuGet) and look for the folder belonging to the testing framework you are using—if you see more than one version of your testing framework in there, get rid of […]

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ReSharper and Source Control Providers In Visual Studio

Jun 19, 2015 No Comments

Here’s another quick one to file under pain points and lessons learned… While I figured this out a while ago, I just tripped over it again and thought I would throw a quick post out there to document it.  So, I am working in Visual Studio (happens to be 2013, but I suspect this applies […]

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Avoiding an Entity Framework Rabbit Hole

Jun 18, 2015 No Comments

I spent some time over the past 24 hours or so running down a rabbit hole chasing a funky little issue with Entity Framework (a version 6 flavor, but I am thinking this applies to all versions running Code First).  The short story is that it dawned on me that whenever you try to access […]

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Entity Framework Automatic Migrations Are Not for Production Use

Apr 17, 2015 2 Comments

With all of the information available, the countless posts on blogs and in forums about how automatic migrations work, how to use them and how to get around issues with using this toolset, there just doesn’t seem to be much conversation about the intended use. I get how automatic migrations work and can see a […]

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Column Order in Relational Database Tables

Mar 25, 2015 No Comments

I have seen questions, and even debate, around column order in relational database tables and whether it is important or not.  The problem with these arguments is not whether or not column order is important or not, rather where any requirement for column order is implemented and enforced.  After reading a Stack Overflow answer regarding […]

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Xamarin Studio and Default Startup Projects

Dec 22, 2014 No Comments

I working on a new mobile project in Xamarin this past weekend and started running into a strange issue that had me going in circles.  I was trying to debug my project in Xamarin Studio, but the iOS simulator was not starting up.  So, I tried deploying to my iPhone, but the device pulldown to […]

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Looping Through Fields in a Record Returned from a LINQ Query

Jul 31, 2014 No Comments

One situation that does not have an intuitive solution to is looping through fields in a result set returned by a LINQ query.  While the strong typing of the fields returned in these records is nice and convenient, there are times where I don’t want everything returned from the table.  This isn’t much of an […]

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Entity Framework and DateTime

Jul 03, 2014 1 Comment

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been dealing with an error being thrown in a service I am building using Entity Framework 6 and SQL Server 2008: System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: The conversion of a datetime2 data type to a datetime data type resulted in an out-of-range value.   Keep in mind that the error above […]

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