VS11 Developer Preview training kit now available

In case you haven’t already heard the news. You can download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27738 Enjoy! bliz


WcfTestClient.exe is missing???

If you’re trying out some WCF programming, there’s a nice little WCF test client available for you to use, aptly named WcfTestClient.exe. To run it, the MSDN documentation tells you to navigate to the “%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE” folder. BUT, if you’re running 64-bit Windows, you won’t find it there. You’ll need to look…


Team Foundation Server workspaces

Many developers who first start working with Team Foundation Server find it easy to get wrapped around the axle when it comes to TFS Workspaces. They’re not very intuitive. The simple explanation I give about workspaces when asked, is that they’re a mapping between the files on your hard disk and the TFS server. But…


Another “be what’s next” moment

In yet another instance of getting real, I just swapped out the backend database for SnowstormLife.com to a SQL Azure Database. (The website itself is still on a 3rd party host, not on Windows Azure yet.) It wasn’t that difficult. I simply needed to Create a SQL Azure Database (I already had an account) Create…


Have something you’d like to see in a future version of Visual Studio?

I just found out about the Visual Studio UserVoice site, located here: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com. From the site: Welcome to the Visual Studio UserVoice site. Let us know what you would like to see in future versions of the Visual Studio suite of products. This site is for suggestions and ideas. If you need to file a…


How to: Visual Studio web performance tests – not using Internet Explorer

A client asked me how to create and run Visual Studio web performance tests using something other than Internet Explorer. (His web app only runs in a particular browser, and it’s not IE.) Here’s my answer. Recording a web performance test using a browser other than Internet Explorer The Web Test recorder in Visual Studio…


Fabulous resource for performance testing

If you’re into performance testing – and who isn’t these days? – and you haven’t downloaded the Visual Studio Performance Testing Quick Reference Guide, then you’re really missing out. Stop reading this blog post and go download it now. I’ll be here when you get back. Why is this required reading for performance testers? Just…


Yellow card

A couple of weeks ago I was cleaning out the garage, trying to make things look nice and neat. As I was going through boxes of papers and books, I came across a real throwback – my assembly language book and a yellow card from my days at UWF. They somehow followed Pam and me…


Hyper-V settings for a rocking fast VM

The other day I was doing a presentation in the Microsoft Tampa office. Unfortunately my display driver acted up when I connected my laptop to the projector cable, and my VM ran as slow as molasses as I was presenting a hands-on workshop for 5 customers. The next day I went back to the office….