Fixing Stuck/Hung Build in TFS Preview and Dev 11 Beta Build Server

Realizing I hadn’t updated my build server that ran against TFS Preview to the Beta Dev 11 TFS, I upgraded the machine and ran into a problem. The first queued build stuck and could not be canceled or deleted from the queue, thus blocking all builds. With an on premises TFS you can go into…

Initial Thoughts After Using the Dev 11 Beta for Two Weeks

So today is the day everyone gets to see if that monochrome/metro UI look for Visual Studio Dev 11 works. Given the huge number of “constructive criticism” comments  that everyone gave on the first look it will be very interesting to see what people think once they get their hands on it. Because of some…

Going to the MVP Summit (or in Seattle)? We’d Love to Meetup!

So I guess February 29th ought to be quite interesting with Windows 8 Consumer Preview and VS 11 being released. An even more important date is Monday February 27th as that’s when we are holding a Wintellect Tweetup where we want to hear your thoughts on all the new announcements. We’ll have fellow Wintellectuals, Jeremy…

Vote to Treat TFS as an Enterprise Symbol Server

Ed Blankenship has a brilliant idea to make symbol servers even easier to use. He wants TFS itself to serve up the symbols instead of requiring you to create the file share and fight with the network admins to get it backed up. Ed’s got a wonderful proposal on his blog about how the feature…

Debugger Canvas 1.1 is Released

There’s a lot of UI research going on focused around better debugging. Debugger Canvas is some that you can use today and the version 1.1 was just released. The speed increased in 1.1 are great and make Debugger Canvas much more usable. I’m in love with the toggle button where you can flip between Debugger…

Wintellect is Hiring!!

Business is good and we need YOU! Wintellect is currently seeking senior level technical development resources for both contract and permanent employment for our current client projects. If you want the challenge of keeping up with co-workers like Jeffrey Richter, Jeff Prosise, Keith Rome, or Jeremy Likness, have we got the opportunity of a lifetime.…

Paraffin 3.6–Now Keeping Custom Added Namespaces

Paraffin 3.6 can be downloaded here: http://www.wintellect.com/CS/files/folders/18310/download.aspx Dan Gough had an excellent feature request to have Paraffin copy over any manually added namespaces to the .WXS file like the following. Previously, Paraffin ignored them, but no more. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <Wix xmlns:util="http://schemas.microsoft.com/wix/UtilExtension"      xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/wix/2006/wi"> I updated Paraffin to copy over any namespaces added to the Wix…

Visual Studio 2010 Extensions Recommendations

The other day I was asked which extensions for Visual Studio I use so in an effort to save keystrokes, I thought I’d list them here so I can refer people to this list. There’s no way this is a comprehensive list and I do add and remove extensions all the time. However, these are…

Setting the Power Plan with PowerShell

Edit: Make sure to read the comments from Shay Levy and Richard on clarifying my mistaken assumptions about how things work in PowerShell. Thanks to Richard & Shay for the clarifications!  As I’m a command line kind of guy, I look for every opportunity to stay in a PowerShell window at all times. “Why grab…

Things I Am Enjoying (December, 2011)

In the development world, there’s a lot of things that bump, distract, and annoy you through the day. Those get a lot of attention in blogs to help others work around those issues and to document the pain. What does not get a lot of attention are those things that work well and make your…

Is That a WeakReference In Your Gen 2 or Are You Just Glad to See Me?

Sometimes it’s easy to see why your .NET server application is using so much memory, but other times it makes no sense at all. I was at Microsoft earlier this week and someone who’d taken my debugging class stopped me and asked an excellent question. The scenario they had was their service memory would just…