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  • How to search for a changeset in TFS using Visual Studio

    #FridayDevTip - How to search for a changeset in TFS using Visual Studio

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    Sometimes the easiest thing in the world can take you a while to figure out. Take searching for a changeset in Visual Studio's TFS Source Explorer.

    Luckily if super easy to do!

    When you're in the Source Explorer, simply press Ctrl + G and the Find ChangeSet dialog will appear. From here you can type the changeset number and press OK.

    Alternatively you can click on Find... to open up a more detailed dialog that will allow you filter by dates, by the dev who commited the changeset or by a specific file that was changed.

    Easy when you know how!

  • Use SlowCheetah to preview your Web.Config transforms

    #FridayDevTip - Use SlowCheetah to preview your Web.Config transforms


    If you're working on a .Net project that has multiple environments chances are that you will be using web.config transforms that tweak environment specific values in your project.

    Typically in your project you would have a base web.config file that would have all your project settings and then a separate config file for all your other environments like QA, staging or production. Sometimes you might want to preview what those config files would look like if you were to rebuild your project for that environment.

    This is where SlowCheetah comes in. It's a handy little Visual Studio extension (or Nuget package) that allows you to preview what a specific version of your web.config file would look like after it gets transformed through the build process.

  • Display pinned tabs on a separate line in Visual Studio

    #FridayDevTip - display pinned tabs on a separate line in Visual Studio


    One of the first things I do when setting up my Visual Studio environment is to set up pinned tabs so they display on a new line.

    It helps to visually separate out your tabs and gives your unpinned tabs more screen real estate which can only be a good thing when working in large environments where you'd have 30-40+ tabs opened at a time.

  • What to do when installing an older version of TypeScript breaks Visual Studio


    Usually when I'm coding I'm using the latest and greatest tech but sometimes I have a need to use a specific version of a plugin or framework for backward compatability with a Visual Studio project.

    I ran into an issue the other day where I needed to run a specific version of TypeScript that was older than the current version on my computer. I downloaded the older file and installed it all without any issues. I opened Visual Studio 2012 (as the project I was using requires that version) and everything was working perfectly.

  • Using a Macbook Air laptop as an ASP.NET development machine

    Current Development Setup

    I was using an old Macbook Air (2010) as my ASP.NET web development machine since it was released in October 2010. Since the release of Visual Studio 2012 though it was feeling it's age and things were starting to slow down. Using Visual Studio along with ReSharper was a pretty bad experience on the machine. Opening projects and pages took around 10-30 secs.

    I had a look around at actual Windows laptops to see what was on the market but nothing was really taking my fancy. The Macbook Air with it's SSD had spoilt me and the majority of PC laptops only had 256gb drive paired with 4gb RAM which was too low for my requirements.

  • Simple Resx Editor - A good alternative to using Visual Studio for Resx / Resource Files

    Simple Resx Editor

    I've noticed that some members of my team were having difficulties with Visual Studio when using resource files. Any time they would open a file it would crash Visual Studio. As you can imagine this was very frustrating for all involved.

    After a quick search I found a pretty neat alterative editor called 'Simple Resx Editor' by Matías. Currently this resource editor is at version 0.6.2 but it is being worked on at the time to improve the functions available.

    The main benefit I like about this editor is that you can open all your resource files, side by side and edit them all in one quick go. This is a perfect setup when dealing with multiple languages as it really speeds things up. If you just want to work on one resource file and you need to know what the Key Name values are simply click on the big Key icon on the top of the app. This little app is small, quick to use and really offers a benefit over the built in editor in Visual Studio in my opinion.

    The only snag I noticed while working with the editor is that if you had a very long Value field there are no scrollbars showing. I've left a message to Matías about this issue and I'm sure this will be fixed in the next version of this software.

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