Understanding the Portable Library by Chasing ICommand (1 of 3)

Part 1: Creating the Portable Library (this post)Part 2: Portability in Silverlight and WPF: a Tale of Type ForwardersPart 3: Portability in Metro: A CLR and WinRT Love Affair The portable library tools have been available for several months now. The goal for this add-in to Visual Studio 2010 was to enable you to create…

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…

Windows 8 Icons: Segoe UI Symbol

Here’s a quick and easy tip for developing Windows 8 Metro applications. Are you looking for decent icons to use in your Application Bar? Windows 8 makes it incredibly easy by using the built-in Segoe UI Symbol font. There are tons of icons embedded in the font that are perfect for using in your applications.…

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…

Windows 8 Consumer Preview 101

It’s finally here! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you have heard the buzz around the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. If you haven’t had the opportunity to grab it and install it, I suggest you browser over to this link now and download your copy! There are many exciting new features, and this post…

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…

Programmatically uninstalling Silverlight Out-Of-Browser Application

Every once in a while there comes a need to provide a mechanism to uninstall your application programmatically.   For Silverlight Out-Of-Browser applications , there seemed to be no way to accomplish it.  Fortunately, there’s a work-around that trusted OOB applications running in Windows can use. Silverlight OOB applications are launched via the “sllauncher.exe” command.  And…

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…

Windows 8: The Facts about ARM, Metro, and the Blue Stack

Many eyes will be focused on Barcelona on February 29, 2012 when Microsoft releases the Windows 8 Consumer Preview or what many are calling the beta version of the new platform. You’ve probably heard quite a bit about the Metro interface. It has design roots in Zune, Windows Media Center, and Windows Phone. It presents…

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…