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How do you write great, maintainable code when faced with constantly changing requirements, legacy issues, intensive time pressures and a rapidly evolving environment? And how do you keep that code great after maintenance activities, multiple developers...
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Do you ever work on code that is disorganized; that was too often written the "quick" way instead of the "right" way? You try to make one little change or addition and the existing code makes everything difficult. The code feels like...
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I recently completed a .NET project for a client I had been working with since November of 2009 ... over 4 years. It was great fun to help them build their system: client Point of Sale, Silverlight (MVVM/XAML) management package, Web API/JQuery customer...
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I recently wrote a post entitled "Why Use Code Behind?". It outlined several reasons why .NET developers use code behind for the logic of their C# or VB.NET applications, not just for UI management. This post looks at the down side of using...
I am happy to announce that my latest Pluralsight course: "Visual Studio Data Tools for Developers" went live today! As C# or VB.NET developers, we often need to work with a database. This course covers how to: Use the many SQL Server Data Tools...
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There are many .NET developers across the full range of skill levels that are using code behind for the logic of their C# or VB.NET applications, not just for UI management. This post looks at the possible reasons for this. It would be great to get your...
There are several different tools that you, the DBA, or another individual can use to deploy a DACPAC as defined in this prior post . This current post details how to deploy a DACPAC using the DacFx API . The DacFx API is a set of classes that you can...
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There are several different tools that you, the DBA, or another individual can use to deploy a DACPAC as defined in this prior post . This current post details how to deploy a DACPAC using Windows PowerShell . Windows PowerShell is a task automation and...
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There are several different tools that you, the DBA, or another individual can use to deploy a DACPAC as defined in this prior post . This current post details how to deploy a DACPAC using SqlPackage . SqlPackage is a command line utility that automates...
There are several different tools that you, the DBA, or another individual can use to deploy a DACPAC as defined in this prior post . This current post details how to deploy a DACPAC using SQL Server Management Studio . Many DBA's are more comfortable...
There are several different tools that you, the DBA, or another individual can use to deploy a DACPAC as defined in this prior post . This current post details how to deploy a DACPAC using Visual Studio . Starting with Visual Studio 2013, the SQL Server...
If you are using Visual Studio 2012 or above, you can create a SQL Server Database Project to include all of your table, view, stored procedure, and data scripts. (See #1 below) When you build the Database Project (#2), Visual Studio generates a DACPAC...
It was 1994. I got up enough courage to present a session at the second annual VBITS conference in San Francisco. My talk was on using object-oriented techniques in VB3. Yep, you read that right ... VB 3! I have the mug to show for it! The talk was not...
I’ll be speaking at Live! 360 DEV, March 10-14 in Las Vegas, NV Click to Register.   Live! 360 DEV provides you with immediately usable training and education that will keep you relevant in the workforce. I’ll be presenting the following sessions...
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In Visual Studio 2013, there were quite a few changes/enhancements to XAML Intellisense. Prior posts covered the most noticed new features … this post covers some of the other changes to Intellisense for XAML. Prior posts on XAML Intellisense: Intellisense...
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The new Intellisense for Binding expressions in Visual Studio 2013 (introduced in this prior post ) provides a quick and effective way to add property bindings to your XAML. But it doesn't "just work". You have to set the Data Context to...
Visual Studio 2013 provides Intellisense for your Binding expressions! One of the great things about XAML is its binding capabilities. But how much time have you wasted trying to find the correct name and spelling of properties for your bindings? Not...
Visual Studio 2013 now provides Intellisense for your XAML resources. If you code your XAML directly using the Code Editor you’ve seen the XAML Intellisense. Sure, it helps by giving you the list of element tags and the valid attributes of the type. ...
If you have done any coding with XAML, like me you have probably wished for some of the code editing features that all of the other languages have. Features like Intellisense and Go To Definition. With Visual Studio 2013 our wish has come true! These...
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An article I wrote on the improvements to the "Navigate To" (or Ctrl + Comma) feature in Visual Studio 2013 has been posted to the Microsoft MVP blog. You can check it out here . Enjoy! For more information on the many new Visual Studio 2013...
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