How a project max path and solution name length is calculated

You’ve may have noticed that sometimes your project name is too long where other times it is accepted in the New Project Dialog.  As explained by Paul on the Visual Studio General Forums… The OS limit is 260 characters (MAX_PATH).  However, the computation is:   Path length + 1 (separator) +    Solution name length…

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My First Karate Practice as a Black Belt

Found out over the weekend that we had passed.  Everyone going for shodan (1st degree black belt) had passed.  Sweet. Technically, I’m not a black belt until the ceremony in mid-Jan when we have our belts and certificates handed to us.  However, last night when I got to practice, several of the guys made it…

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Hippies say Good-bye. New Waveland Café heads to Chalmette, LA

I’ve heard that Fred’s and some of the other stores are itching to reopen, so the hippie café is moving on.  My only regret from our trip is that I never got to eat there.  We tried once, but the line was too long.  I had an aunt and uncle who loved the food there. …

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Waveland and St. Clare School (my elementary school) to be on Scarborough Country tonight

Through the powers of email, i’ve heard that St. Clare will be featured tonight on Scarborough Country.  There’s a small write-up about Waveland on the show’s blog.  When we went down there with our U-haul, most of our non-clothing supplies went to their donation center.  We donated a set of tools to the school’s janitor…

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How to set your current project to always be the startup project

Sweet!  Today’s tip is our first tip sent in by a customer.  Got a VS tip you want to share?  Saw a great tip on the MSDN Forums?  Let me know! Right-click on your solution in the Solution Explorer, select “Set StartUp Projects…”. From there, select “Current Selection” and click “OK”. Whatever project you highlight…

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Top Ten Things I Wished I Had Known about Seattle When I First Got Here

My 4 year anniversary at Microsoft was Sept 17, so this post is just a little late. Number 10:  How the Metro Bus System Works My first year here there was an alias you could email your street address and building number to, and they would give you the Metro bus route(s) to take.  Since…

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Keyboard Navigation and Transparency with DataTips

Today’s tip comes from both Jim and Steve. From Steve’s blog: Hold the Ctrl button down to make DataTips transparent. [Pictures] From Jim’s blog: DataTip Keyboard Functionality Use the [down] and [up] arrows to move through the items in the expanded tip. Use [pgup] and [pgdn] to scroll a page at a time in tips…

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How the black belt exam went

I won’t know the results of the exam until our head teacher is ready to give them to us.  I’m guessing they are waiting for our checks to clear before we can go to the bank and pay the 20 buck to stop the check.  =) Wow, I’ve received several mails from blog readers asking…

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Tips for Reporting Issues at Product Feedback Center

I’ve worked with my teammates on VS Core to come up with this list of tips on writing good bug reports.  Take it from me as a tester, the better the bug report, the easier it is to get the issue resolved quickly and adequately.  Tip #1 – Clear, but minimum Steps to Repro Let…

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