Troubleshooting exceptions in a Windows Phone app

You know the situation – you develop and debug your app, all works well and you deploy it onto the phones of a few testers or friends. Then, you get reports of the app just disappearing.   An app crashing on a phone typically just looks like the app just disappearing and the tiled start screen…


File version history for CLR 4.x

In the past I have maintained some blogs posts about version histories of the CLR 2.0 and CLR 4.0. People seem to have found those useful over the years but they have become quite tough to maintain. With that in mind, I’m drawing a line under those old posts for now and making a bit…


Red Hat Enterprise Linux in Azure Marketplace

Exciting announcements yesterday about the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux in Azure Marketplace. Find out more about Red Hat solutions on Azure here. /D


Unable to build a simple Cordova app in Visual Studio? Here’s a possible fix…

It is not so often these days that support cases have a quick solution. With the wealth of forums and other channels for peer assistance, most straightforward issues get fixed before people call us. So it is a pleasant change when something turns out to be quickly fixable. In this case, the customer was using…


Version history of the CLR 4.0

  Following on from my “Version history of the CLR 2.0” post I’ve decided to start one for 4.0. The below generally only refer to patches affecting core CLR files clr.dll, not the rest of the framework, although I meant mention one or two other fixes with affected DLLs noted. The following version numbers refer…


PasswordVault.Add may fail on Windows 10

  I am slightly embarrassed by the length of time since my last blog post. But never mind, here I am again! I’ve been working on a customer issue lately where an existing Windows Store app was failing on Windows 10. Initially the app, which ran fine on Windows 8.1 was crashing when installed and…


Upcoming webinars from @WSDevSol

Some upcoming webinars, first one today! Brought to you by members of the Windows Store Developer Solutions team in Microsoft Customer Service and Support. Debugging your Direct3D apps for Windows Phone 8.1 10 June, 16.00 London time Rob Caplan and James Dailey, Microsoft       With the release of Windows Phone 8.1 the Visual Studio team…


TechEd 2014 is underway with LOTS of exciting new stuff announced!

TechEd North America 2014 is underway! You can find an overview of the announcements on Soma and Brian’s blogs. Below are some resources of particular interest to developers News & Videos: Read exec announcements by S. Somasegar & Brian Harry. See the TechEd press release and watch the session videos. Visual Studio 2013 Update 2:…


Script Browser and Script Analyzer

Microsoft has just released two new resources to ease IT Pros’ lives. · Script Browser – IT Pros can search, download and manage 9000+ TechNet automation script samples covering almost all Microsoft IT products from within their scripting environment.  Script Browser even supports offline search so users can download all interesting scripts and search them…


InvalidCastException after applying MS14-009

Note that in some situations after applying security bulletin MS14-009, your application that uses .NET and COM interop may experience an InvalidCastException. If so you could be running into the issue described here – HTH Doug