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Sometimes it's the Simple Things

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Hi, my name is Andrew, and I have a problem. I sometimes overthink things…just a bit. If you share that tendency you may, like me, instinctively greet any issue you run into as an opportunity for deep analysis and troubleshooting, which may not always be the place to start. Overthinking in Action A case in point. I've been working on a project that uses Crystal Reports (yes, plenty of people still use that) in an ASP.NET Web Forms app to generate reports for a non-profit. I was tasked with creating several new reports, which was a pretty straightforward task, and
seemed to be going smoothly, when I went to test the PDF version of a given report and the report viewer simply returned a bunch of gobbledygook text in the browser. Given that I had been making modifications to the code, I assumed that I must have changed something and broken the PDF reporting, though given the changes I'd made (which didn't have anything to do with report rendering) I couldn't imagine what. So I dutifully pored over the report rendering code, making sure it was sending the right MIME type, stepped through in the debugger, etc. Given that the...(Read whole news on source site)

HP Spectre x360: Review

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Originally posted on: I finally unboxed my Spectre x360 from the Microsoft BUILD conference and fired it up.  I thought it might be useful to prospective buyers to cover the pros and cons of this machine. Pros My first impressions are that the form factor is very thin.  If fits very easily as a second machine into my backpack adding extra compute capabilities.  It has a bright, wide screen making it easier to get work done.  Generally it will also run all day on one charge depending on how process intensive the apps
are that you are running. Another plus is that with a real laptop mode, an acceptable processor, RAM and SSD, and a full keyboard makes this a viable secondary development machine.  This is something that my Surface Pro with the loosely connected keyboard and very little storage can’t do. Cons Power and Windows buttons are hard to find.  It would be better if there was a Windows button in the bezel like other machines that operate as tablets.  The screen also has a lot of bounce to it when you touch it in laptop mode. After...(Read whole news on source site)

Extending Visual Studio 2015

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When we decided to expand Visual Studio 2015 in the hopes of making it *the* premier platform for cross-platform development, we acknowledged that the ability for our customers to extend, customize, and generally make it their own was absolutely, critically important. It is a win-win: make an extension and you get a product or tailored experience for your specific scenario, and we – Microsoft – see Visual Studio’s potential audience get a little bit bigger and a little bit happier. After 7 years of growing the Visual Studio Platform, it has become rather bulky and packed with features. In addition, it
is hard to know where to start! We had to make it simpler. So with Visual Studio 2015, we set out on the long road of making it easier to develop extensions, giving you the functionality you need to make great integrated tools, frameworks, and languages, and connecting you with other extension authors in our ecosystem. Starting with Visual Studio 2013 Community, and continuing with Visual Studio 2015 Community, you can create and use Extensions in a free version of our IDE. Get started today by downloading Visual Studio 2015 RC. Now let’s look at all the new ways in...(Read whole news on source site)