Trying out Resharper 5.0

There are many .NET developers that can’t live without Jetbrain’s R# product. I’m not really one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of R# and some of the features it offers, it’s just that it could be so much better if it didn’t keep getting in...

Metroline: A VS2010 Color Scheme

This is my first color scheme specifically created for Visual Studio 2010; I’m not likely to port it back to VS2005/2008 but I’m sure it would be possible if someone cared enough about it. I started this color scheme on VS2008 but never completed it. When the Visual Studio 2010...

Downloading WinDBG

I only use WinDBG every once in a while, but, when I need it, I really need it and need it now. Kevin Dente pointed out earlier today that apparently, the latest versions of WinDBG was not available as a standalone installer, but only as part of the Windows Driver...

Fix for Consuming WCF Service in BTS2009

It has been brought to my attention that a hotfix has been released for the BizTalk Server 2009 developer tools that should fix the problem I mentioned a few months ago with referencing WCF services within the same BizTalk project as the orchestration that uses them. I haven’t tried it...

VS2010 RC Weirdness Around Custom Format Definitions

I’ve been noticing some oddities in how Visual Studio 2010 RC handles Custom ClassificationFormatDefinitions when multiple extensions are interacting together. It it hasn’t been fixed already, then I guess it’s already too late for it to matter, but I still wanted to bring it up just to know if it’s...

Fix for XAML Highlighting in VS2010

Both Visual Studio 2008 and 2010 have a rather annoying issue relating to how XAML is highlighted in the Text Editor. I’ve complained in the past that the XAML designer team introduced a separate set of classifications (i.e. options in the Fonts and Colors dialog) to configure how XAML code...

Attach/Detach VHD

Windows 7 has some nice and very welcome functionality for attaching/detaching VHD files so that you can access files in them directly from the operating system, which is something I’ve been finding very useful when working out of my laptop. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a drag to have to...

Visual Studio 2010 RC

Following the release of Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate, I installed it on one of my laptops. I ran into some minor issues with the Silverlight dev tools SDK, but I hear they’ve been resolved for RTM. Other than that, it seems to be working fine. I’ve already updated my...

Minor Update to PowerShell Syntax for Vim

Jeffrey Knight was kind enough to point out a small missing thing in the expressions for built-in variables in my modified syntax file for PowerShell scripts for Vim. I’ve now updated the syntax file in my github repository following Jeffrey’s suggestion and also fixed another related issue while at it....

Essential BizTalk Debugging Skills

On the topic of debugging skills, there are many things said and to be said, but I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on a few skills I believe BizTalk developers should develop to solve problems on their solutions effectively (in no particular order): Trace the execution of BizTalk...