IntelliTrace: Making On Time Shipping Possible

Last week the Microsoft Central District asked me to come down and do a road show through Texas and Arkansas. What a road show it was; seven flights, six different hotels, and 20+ hours driving between places in six days. But it was all worth it because I got to talk about my favorite feature…

Wintellect TFS Build Number Task for VS/TFS 2012

Looks like I forgot to post the updated version of my TFS Build Number Task for VS/TFS 2012. Let me rectify that by pointing you to the updated version here: http://www.wintellect.com/cs/files/folders/21032/download.aspx. If you’re wondering what this is about, here’s the history of how I created the task and how to integrated it into your build:…

Updated WintellectPowerShell for October 14, 2012

Recently I had to compare a bunch of directory pairs and while PowerShell offers the Compare-Object, I needed something more that would not only look at filenames but compare binary files as well. Figuring some nice person on the Internet had already implemented this, I thought I’d just borrow and go about my business. Turns…

Fixing TFS 2012 Power Tools PowerShell CmdLets in PowerShell x64

The TFS 2012 Power Tool installation only installs the TFS PowerShell Snap-In for the 32-bit flavor of PowerShell on an x64 machine. With nearly all developers running x64 machines, we miss the ability to script TFS access in the ultimate scripting language. Needing to script so TFS automation I went looking to see if we…

Updated WintellectPowerShell for September 29, 2012

While looking why I was running running short on disk space, I noticed that my IntelliTrace file directory was very large. The default option for debugging with IntelliTrace is to delete the .iTrace file as soon as you stop debugging. I feel it is better to always save the files because that one time you…

Merging Symbol Servers

Conservation is always good so I’m going to recycle some keystrokes. Today I got an email where a company had two symbol servers set up. One was no longer used but held symbols for previously released projects. Since PDB files are as important as source code, they wanted to know if there was a way…

Wintellect Code All in One Place

We’ve been kind of loose at Wintellect on how we deal with our open source projects. Many are published like mine on a blog or various open source hosting sites. After discussing it internally, we are now starting to push all our code to http://code.wintellect.com. That’s your go to place for our code. We’re hosting…

Using NuGet PowerShell to Replace Missing Macros in Dev 11

When I first heard that macros were being dropped from Dev 11 I was gobsmacked. (I just love that world!) While the macro story up to Visual Studio 2010 wasn’t great because we couldn’t write macros in our .NET language of choice, I expected the situation would start getting better and was saddened when the…

Get Your Next Job Here!!

We are growing like crazy at Wintellect and want you to work for us! We’d prefer full time employment, but would be happy to also work with some of you excellent independent contractors. At this time we need candidates to be based in North America. What we are looking for are excellent project managers and…

What’s New in SOS for .NET 4.5?

One of these days Microsoft will release a version of .NET where we don’t have to worry about memory. HA! Who am I kidding!? All you worry about in a .NET application is the memory. Naturally, I personally never want Microsoft to come out with the memory worry free .NET because I’d be out of…

Cool Dev 11 Trick: Diff Random Files Easily

Dev 11 has a diff and merge view that is simply outstanding and using it to compare changes before checkin is just dreamy. I ran into a situation where I wanted to diff the output of two files and thought that it would be nice if I could do that in Dev 11. Popping into…