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  • Blog Post: F# Class Library Template

    So, in my last post I said that the template would be the last for a while, but here is one more. This template creates a Windows Library with a simple class definition. The template can be found on the Visual Studio Gallery: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/a3f39bd9-9fd2-4465-a931...
  • Blog Post: F# Windows Application Template for Windows Service

    Recently I created a posting outlining a project template for a WinForms application . This posting outlines a new project template that provides the elements for the creation windows service in F#. The template can be found on the Visual Studio Gallery: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: F# Windows Application Template for WinForms

    Recently I have been doing some work with FSharp.Charting and found there was no simple template for an F# WinForms application. So to remedy this situation I have posted one on the Visual Studio Gallery: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/eba78049-a17e-4868-9ead-065da1421052 When the...
  • Blog Post: Code profiling IIS sites in deployed environments with Visual Studio code profiler

    So, you’ve run a load test against your web site (you are performance testing your site, aren’t you?…), on your system test rig and you’ve found that the performance isn’t what you were hoping for. What do you do next to improve the sites performance? You could try guessing where the problems are and...
  • Blog Post: Parallel process execution with partial completion of processes

    On a recent project I came across an interesting parallel processing problem that I could not find a well defined pattern for. The problem was I needed to execute some long running processes synchronously and in parallel, but stop processing when a certain condition was met. Each individual process would...
  • Blog Post: An Animated Custom Panel base class for WPF and Silverlight

    The full code base for this posting can be located here . If you have used XAML at all, you will have used some of the built in layout panels such as Grid and StackPanel and if you are a developer you have probably developed a custom panel that implements your own layout logic. In case you haven’t...
  • Blog Post: Generating Load Tests for WCF Services with the WCF Load Test Tool

    The Visual Studio ALM Rangers have just released a new version of the WCF Load Test tool. The tool has been maturing over the last 3 years and the occasion of a new release seems like a good time to post a walkthrough of how to use the tool. What Does WCF Load Test Do? WCF Load Test is a tool that auto...
  • Blog Post: Building a Windows Phone 7 game, with SharePoint communication

    So, you’ve never made a game before for the Windows Phone 7 - you’ve opened up your brand new Visual Studio 2010, with the Windows Phone 7 developer tools; but you don’t know what to do, or how to get started. This is the situation that both myself (Michael Tsikkos) and James Glading faced at the beginning...
  • Blog Post: Debugging the .NET framework source code

    I am sure lots of us have been in the situation where, after hours of poring through compiled source code in Reflector whilst simultaneously trying to hold the values of hundreds of conspiratorial variables in our heads, we are left thinking that it would all be so much easier if we could just set a...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Feature Builder (part 1)

    Over the course of a project (or several projects) it is common for teams to establish certain implementation patterns, favour certain code templates, use a common set of tools and so on that allow them to be more productive. They may then take this to the next level and ‘productize’ these patterns,...
  • Blog Post: DesignData MVVM support in Blend, VS2010 and WPF/Silverlight

    When developing a solution using WPF or Silverlight, there are normally designers working in Blend and developers working with them in Visual Studio 2010. Often it is impractical for designers to use data from live systems (e.g. they don’t want to install SQL etc.) but they need data to flesh out the...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk SSO stops working after installing Visual Studio 2010

    After installing Visual Studio 2010 on my Windows Server 2008 R2 box with BizTalk Server 2009 I got the following error when trying to deploy or access my BizTalk artefacts: "Could not retrieve transport type data for Receive Location 'ABC' from config store. Primary SSO Server 'XYZ' failed. Could...
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