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Tools and Configuration
This category contains posts about new and/or cool tools that I have found or written myself as well as solutions for configuration problems I have solved with anything from the operating system on my personal computer to my Xbox.
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 available now

After a surprise comment to a three year old posting I realized that I have gotten sloppy, since I used to post about Visual Studio beta and service pack releases. Since Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 just came out I thought it would be a good opportunity to pick up that old tradition again. Visual Studio has become much more than the development environment it used to be when Microsoft released the first version of Visual Studio .NET in 2002. After losing the .NET moniker with the release of Visual Studio 2005 the number of different editions dramatically increased, the flagship...

posted @ Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:05 PM | Feedback (13)
How to (not) restore SQL-driven ASP.NET websites

After having really nothing important to report on for quite a while I wanted to share some experiences and gotchas I ran into while restoring this blog. Basically what had happened was that my server (and the rest of the stuff from my old house) was moved to a new location, and at the same time I decided to perform a hardware refresh (I really wouldn’t call it upgrade since I replaced the existing processor with a low power Celeron and an energy saving power supply) and topped it off by switching from the old Windows Vista 32bit system to a...

posted @ Wednesday, October 21, 2009 2:53 PM | Feedback (11)
iPhone 2.1 Development in Windows using Eclipse

A couple of days ago PJ Cabrera published a document through IBM DeveloperWorks on how to use Eclipse CDT to develop iPhone applications under Windows or Linux. The instructions included jailbreaking the iPhone and installing software through Cydia to be able to transfer applications over to the phone. It also required the user to decrypt parts of the iPhone firmware to compile the toolchain. Apparently it did not take long for IBM to realize what they had allow to be published, so at the time of this posting the link to the document as well as the PDF have been...

posted @ Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:03 AM | Feedback (10)
Configuring a separate Virtual Server Administration Web Site with IIS7 on Windows Vista

I installed the freely available Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Enterprise Edition on my Windows Vista machine today and noticed that the setup did not let me add the Administration Web Site for Virtual Server on a different web site than the default web site. Instead the only option was to have it added as a virtual directory to the default web site running on port 80. However, I expose the default web site to the outside world (as a matter of fact I run this blog off that machine), so I did not want to have the virtual...

posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2007 12:57 AM | Feedback (15)
Debugging Subtext on Windows Vista using IIS7 and Visual Studio 2005

This post describes how to compile and debug a web application using IIS7 instead of the built-in web server that comes with Visual Studio 2005. The built-in server should work right out of the box without any further configuration. While this post can pretty much be applied to any ASP.NET web application, I am writing it specifically for the source code of the open source blogging engine Subtext and as a third installment on my blog posts about how to install Subtext on Windows Vista and IIS7. Most people that set up Subtext on a machine are likely to compile...

posted @ Monday, December 10, 2007 11:31 PM | Feedback (53)
Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, Silverlight, Rosario August CTP, and more!

Update 3/8/2007 2:32pm: As promised by Brian Harry they released a VPC image of the Visual Studio Team System Code Name "Rosario" August 2007 CTP! Head over to the download page and give it a try! The white paper mentioned on the download page is available here, and additional documentation for the CTP and the new Team Foundation Server is available here. It's been a while since I posted something since I was busy working on some of my programming projects (so busy I even left the much anticipated iPhone launch day without a comment), but the recent slew of Microsoft...

posted @ Friday, August 3, 2007 2:56 PM | Feedback (1)
Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Beta 1 Released

It seems like Microsoft is finally getting a handle on meeting their own timelines, or in this case even beating the previously announced "late April to early May" timeframe for the release of Beta 1 of the next version of Visual Studio. As of now only the Virtual PC version is available, meaning that you can download a whole VPC image that has the Orcas Beta 1 installed on Windows XP for easy testing without having to install the components on your own development machine. Within the next couple of days they will most likely also release the installation package...

posted @ Monday, April 30, 2007 11:15 AM | Feedback (3)
Direct download for popular Visual Studio 2005 hot fixes

In an unexpected move Microsoft created a website with download links for available Visual Studio 2005 hot fixes that were previously available only through Microsoft Developer Support. This is great news because there was little visibility over what hot fixes existed for certain problems with Visual Studio. The list of available hot fixes for download can be found here. Some of them address corner cases which don't affect a lot of people, but if you are one of the corner case users it's great to finally get it fixed. As a side note, Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2005 has...

posted @ Tuesday, December 12, 2006 4:23 PM | Feedback (4)
Installing Subtext on IIS7, and SQL Server 2005

After going through some trouble to get my Subtext blog running on a Windows Vista installation with SQL Server 2005 I decided to write this how-to so that hopefully other people don't have to go through the same problems. The instructions explain how to set up Subtext as a Virtual Directory. I also wrote two other articles related to Subtext installation: How to set up Subtext with its own web site instance (like I did with blog.needforgeek.com) on IIS7, and How to compile and debug the Subtext source code on Vista using Visual Studio 2005. This how-to is split into two parts: Part 1...

posted @ Monday, December 11, 2006 5:38 PM | Feedback (44)
Installing Subtext as its own Web Site in IIS7 on Vista

After writing my lengthy installation post on how to get Subtext up and running on IIS7 using a Virtual Directory, I want to follow up now with some quick instructions on how to configure a new web site in IIS7 for use with Subtext. It seems like Microsoft heard the pleas of all web application developers who were asking for the same thing: To not cripple IIS for the desktop versions of the operating system. While in previous versions the ability to configure more than one website on IIS was limited to the server versions of the respective operating systems (Windows...

posted @ Thursday, December 7, 2006 5:17 PM | Feedback (26)
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