SortLines macro for Visual Studio

Ever want to quickly alphabetize a part of your code?  I couldn’t for the life of me find a way to do this within Visual Studio, so ended up writing my own.  Here’s a macro that you can use (and bind to a keyboard shortcut) within your own Visual Studio environment: Sub SortLines()    Dim selection…

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Visual Round Trip Analyzer

Jim Pierson writes about the new Visual Round Trip Analyzer (VRTA) tool that was just released to download.microsoft.com, highlighting 12 easy tips for developers looking to speed up their web applications. Having been a long-time user of VRTA internally at Microsoft, this tool is simply invaluable.  It goes beyond just showing you your time to…

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SuperSecret Stuff

(Or not.) There’s been a lot of dead air on this channel, and I should apologize for that.  We’ve been hard at work on some new, exciting projects which soemehow have managed to steal all of my free time.  Really though, that’s an excuse — mostly I just suck. For those at PDC in LAX, by…

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Windows Search 4

There was quite the buzz around the office today about the newly released Windows Search 4.  Amongst other things, this release improves the performance and stability over previous versions of Windows Search (read: the search included natively in Windows Vista as well as the add-on to XP).  Moreover, applications that leverage the core windows search infrastructure (such as…

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The Knob lives!

I just installed the latest Powermate drivers on my x64 Server 2008 machine. And everything actually worked. Go Griffin!

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PowerShell Community Extensions on Server 2008 x64

Thanks to the tip by Jon Davis, I found the following workaround for the somewhat-annoying error: Cannot load Windows PowerShell snap-in [..] because of the following error: No Windows PowerShell Snap-ins are available for version 1. when opening a new x64 Powershell with the PowerShell Community Extensions. The workaround? Simply run: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727\installutil.exe “C:\Program Files (x86)\PowerShell…

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Reasons you use OneNote?

My girlfriend just emailed me.  She mentioned that someone at her work saw her using OneNote, and asked her why she liked it.  And she wasn’t able to give him a very convincing argument (she claimed that was because “she’s probably not using it to it’s full potential”).  As this was the fourth time this had happened…

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The return of the knob

(Cross posted from L/J…) After much fiddling, it turns out that one can get the Griffin PowerMate to work under Vista. You just need some patience. And a bit of luck. In particular, you need to: Run the installer. Copy the Control Panel Applet, PowerMate.cpl, from the installation media to C:\Windows\System32\. (If you don’t have…

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Beta 2

Now that OneNote 2007 Beta 2 has been out for a couple of days, I’m curious to hear your thoughts.  While I’m probably directly responsible for your gripes regarding: Migration, Tables, Drag and Drop, along with the updated UI, I’d love to hear your feedback regardless! What do you like?  What works well?  And more importantly, what isn’t so great? …

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Speaking of cool toys…

How do you get ride of those extra keyboards and mice?  With Synergy, of course! In the Office org, it’s pretty standard for most devs to have at least two machines.  You’ve got your somewhat beefy dev box for coding, an older machine to dogfood builds of Office and check mail, and then, depending on your feature area, you might have…

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