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Paste code from Visual Studio 2015 to Windows Live Writer

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Now it is close to the end of 2015, but Windows Live Writer 2012 is still the best Windows blogging tool. For years I use a Windows Live Writer plugin called VSPaste for code snippets. With VSPaste, any code in any language can be copied from Visual Studio, and paste into Windows Live Writer with 100% accurate syntax highlighting. However, VSPaste has a problem with Visual Studio 2015 RTM (not with RC) – the pasted HTML code always has a white background: code. To quickly fix this, the easiest way is to decompile the
source code of VSPaste. VSPaste is a small dll located in Windows Live Writer’s plugin directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Writer\Plugins\VSPaste.dll. It can be decompiled to a project with source code, by .NET reflector free trial version: Reflector will ask for reference assembly, just point it to C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Writer\WindowsLive.Writer.Api.dll. Then it decompiles VSPaste.dll to a complete C# project. Now open the VSPaste.csproj, and search for string “background”. Here it is:private void SyncColors(bool bgOnly) { int? nullable; int? nullable2; if ((this.background != this.nextBackground) ||...(Read whole news on source site)

SQL Server Heaps, and Their Fragmentation

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In SQL Server, heaps are rightly treated with suspicion. Although there are rare cases where they perform well, they are likely to be the cause of poor performance. If a table is likely to have a large number of changes, then it can become fragmented due to way that space is allocated and forward pointers used. How does one detect this problem? Is it significant? How does one deal with it, if necessary? Neeraj Tripathi explains.

How Visual Studio builds on the Mac with Xamarin

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How Visual Studio builds on the Mac with Xamarin When we started working for Xamarin as consultants, a couple years ago, it was nothing short of amazing for us that Xamarin had already achieved a pretty solid “F5 experience” with an app building on the Mac and debugging like any regular local .NET app. I had the same feeling the first time I did the same thing against an Azure website. Felt like magic (in the Arthur C. Clark way). During the past year and a half since the we joined Xamarin, we iterated (among other things) on the
this key component of the developer experience, culminating in our most recent release, Xamarin 4. What started as a (more or less) batch process of “zip sources, HTTP post to Mac, build, run” (with frequent rebuilds needed), is now a fine-tuned granular incremental build system driven by MSBuild, connecting to the Mac over a resilient, auto-deployed and always-on messaging layer running on top of a bi-directional binary protocol over TCP, secured by an SSH tunnel. At the user experience level, it might seem that little has changed other than a fancy new connection dialog. But as Tim Cook said “the...(Read whole news on source site)

Packt Publishing – 5$ Skill Up Year in Review

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Skill Up: Year in ReviewBack in June, we asked you what tech skills you were using most and what you were hoping to learn in the coming months. Over 20,000 of you replied and helped us to produce the most informative salary and skills reports of 2015. Almost 6 months later, we want to find out what has changed, to get your thoughts on the most important emerging tech for 2016 and to, ultimately, help you to Skill Up into a new year.Take our quick 5 minute survey and you will receive a code for buying any eBook or

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 16 – Creating an iOS Application Part 2

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Last week we began creating an iOS application.  We covered most of what is required but we did not tackle persistence, which we will do today. This post is based on my Pluralsight course Beginning Mobile Development with Xamarin. We begin … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Interview Question of the Week #046 – How @@DATEFIRST and SET DATEFIRST Are Related?

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Question: How @@DATEFIRST and SET DATEFIRST are related? Answer: The master database’s syslanguages table has a DateFirst column that defines the first day of the week for a particular language. SQL Server with US English as default language, SQL Server sets DATEFIRST to 7 (Sunday) by default. We can reset any day as first day of the […]

How to check whether #Outlook is installed in user machine?

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On various scenarios, especially when you are building and shipping Add-Ins for outlook, at the time of add-in installation you might want to check whether user has installed outlook on his system or not. Based on that, you might want to show a message to the user. In this small blog post, we will learn what needs to be done using C# to find out whether outlook is installed or not. Continue reading to know about this coding tricks.   It’s easy to check manually whether outlook is installed or not. But this does not work all time. If you
are building an add-in, you must ship the DLL as an installer and in that case, it is require to check the availability of the outlook app just before the installation. There are various ways to do so and one of the trick is to play with the Windows Registry to find out whether outlook is installed, We will not go in this way as that is little more lengthy. Why to go in a difficult way, when we already have a simple coding trick. Every office app has a Prog ID and you can retrieve it by calling GetTypeFromProgID...(Read whole news on source site)

Writing Cross Platform Mobile Apps with Cordova

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My TDC talk is now online. Learn how you can code and debug cross-platform mobile apps using web technologies like HTML, CSS and JavaScript. We will understand and compare the experience of writing cordova apps using both Visual Studio 2015, and working purely on a Mac. We will also take a peek at debugging your app, and the process of extending it to native technologies using plugins. Watch video here. Sahil...(Read whole news on source site)