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Ever want to create bugs from email?

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Someone recently posted an open source copy of a popular internal tool called Mail2Bug. It will automatically create bugs from an email and then keep the bug up to date with any further conversation that happens on the email thread.  It works for both VS Online and TFS but requires that you use Exchange (or O365). Check it out... Brian  

Creating a Simple Event Calendar for ASP.NET (Web Forms)

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With DHTMLX Scheduler you can create not solely a MVC-based calendar control but also get a ready ASP.NET scheduling solution:  Simply follow the 11 steps described below: 1. Create a new C# project by selecting ASP.NET Web Application; 2. Copy the library reference to your ‘App_Data’  project folder and go to References -> Add the reference to your application; 3. Copy the provided calendar scripts to the Scripts folder of your project; 4. Create a new database by right-clicking on ‘App_Data’  ->  Add New Item ->  Select SQL Sever Database and name it “Sample.mdf”; 5. Add a new table with the columns id,
text, start_date and end_date. Data types should be set as int, nvarchar(250), datetime and datetime correspondingly (see the picture below). Save it as “Event”. Note that a primary key should be assigned to id and the identity column has to be  additionally enabled; 
The table can also be created with the following query: 
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Events]( [id] int IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [text] nvarchar(250) NULL, [start_date] datetime NOT NULL, [end_date] datetime NOT NULL, PRIMARY KEY (id) )
6. Right-click on ‘Your_project_name’ to create a new LINQ to SQL database model, name it “Sample.dbml” and add “Event” table to it;    7. To create the...(Read whole news on source site)

WebCamp Essentials

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Since the beginning of this year, I have had the privilege to tour across the west coast speaking at WebCamps featuring content and demos using Visual Studio 2013.  A common theme across all of these camps was the positive reaction to some particular demos targeting the productive features enhancing web development.  Specifically, these demos were showcasing the goodness found in the Web Essentials extension for Visual Studio.  Although I have been a fan for years, it was surprising to me how many long-time ASP.NET
developers were not using it or even aware of it.  Thus I am inspired to spread the word about this free add-in which is available for multiple versions of Visual Studio.  It was truly an essential part of the WebCamp experience, thus why I named this post “WebCamp Essentials”. In the spirit of the WebCamps, I would like to reveal the features that seemed to render the highest level of praise or interest – and in no particular order.  Although all the features are listed...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1830

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Information Download all your NuGet Package Licenses – Phil Haack discusses software licenses, and shares a useful bit of PowerShell to get the license details for all of your NuGet Dependencies ChessTDD 28: Preparing for Idiomatic SpecFlow – Erik Dietrich continues improving his use of SpecFlow with a look at representing the moves on the […]

Introducing the Angular U Conference

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In late 2014 my good friend Peter Kellner approached me with a big idea – an idea that immediately caught my attention especially since Peter has successfully run Silicon Valley Code Camp for many years which is one of the largest code camp events in the world. He wanted to explore collaborating on a new conference idea that would focus on Angular and wondered if I’d be interested in working with him and another friend of his named Kevin Nilson (who is also a good friend now) on a full-scale conference. I’ve been involved with chairing/co-chairing
a lot of conference tracks over the years but never been the driving force behind organizing an entire conference. While the idea was definitely exciting it was also a little scary – at least initially.

After talking more with Peter I decided to jump in and we’ve been working hard to put on a top-notch conference called Angular U (short for “Angular University”) that will be held in San Francisco from June 22 – 25, 2015. I’m really excited about the conference and thought I’d write about some of the key reasons in this post. The Web...(Read whole news on source site)

Macbook Pro Retina 16GB/512GB For Sale

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15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display 16GB of memory and 512GB Flash drive.  It is one year old, in excellent condition and has 2 years left on AppleCare. Cost me $3200, asking $1600. Email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Checked errors in F#

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In the land of C#, exceptions are king. By definition exceptions help us deal with "unexpected or exceptional situations that arise while a program is running". In that regard, we're often optimistic, overoptimistic. Most code bases treat errors as exceptional while they're often commonplace. We are so confident about the likelyhood of things going wrong, we don't even feel the need to communicate to consumers what might go wrong. If a consumer of a method wants to know what exceptions might be thrown, he needs to resort
to reading the documentation (or source) and hope it's up-to-date.

Java on the other hand has a concept of unchecked and checked exceptions. Unchecked exceptions are exceptions that are caused by a programming mistake and should be left unhandled (null reference, division by zero, argument out of range etc); while checked exceptions are exceptions that your program might be able to recover from. They become part of the method signature and the Java compiler forces consumers to handle them explicitly.

While checked exceptions might bloat the method's contract and enlarge the API surface area, they might have every...(Read whole news on source site)

Solution: #Windows Driver installation timeout issue (0x800705b4)

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If you have recently installed Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10041, you might have faced this issue when your system refuses to install the driver saying “Timeout” with error code: 0x800705b4. This mainly happens with the Realtek audio driver but can happen with other drivers too. In this blog post, sharing a system hack to increase the timeout duration to resolve this issue. Try it only if you are an advanced user with admin permission.   BackgroundRecently I faced this issue in one of my system whereas the other system worked fine after installing the latest build (10041) of Windows
10 Technical Preview. After installation, the system was not able to install the sound driver (Realtek Audio Driver) and thus system audio was completely turned OFF. I tried several solutions like uninstalling the device from the device manager, updating the audio driver but all resulted in vain showing a Timeout Error while installing the new driver. Searched it online but could not figure out the solution. Then I came to a forum post which helped me to resolve the issue. Just putting the same information here, in case it helps you in future. Solution ApproachTo resolve this timeout issue while installing the...(Read whole news on source site)