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My musings, ponderings, and other posts on programming. And maybe gadgets and other nerd stuff.

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Keep IIS Express running site after debugging stops

Since I just had to find this again, since its so disjointed setting (in my mind) that fixes it, I am posting here fro future reference by me. Now I will just have to remember that I posted a link to this blog for it 🙂



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My First Windows 8 Application

Well last night I got an email back from the Windows Store certification process saying the second submission of my first windows 8 application was approved. The first submission had some minor issues, and although the report wasn’t perfectly clear on what was wrong I was able to take a guess at what those issues were.

Just like with Windows Phone I used the user group I run in the Northwest Phoenix valley (Site) as subject matter for the application. This is a “minimum viable product” version of the application, so is fairly basic and not that pretty looking. More features and some good UI/UX cleanup will be coming in future versions of the application.

NWVDNUG Meeting Info

Please check it out and install it if you use Windows 8 and leave a review (taking into account it’s a first version with planned updates coming when I can) if you feel inclined to do so.

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Kendo UI Presentation at NWVDNUG

One of the things I do in the developer community is run a small .Net developer User Group in the Northwest Phoenix Valley. Our site is at http://nwvdnug.org

So our February meeting is this coming Wednesday, the 27th. This month we are celebrating our first anniversary of the group, and will also be hosting our first presenter from outside the Phoenix area.

Ben Hoelting will be coming and presenting “Building Web Applications Using Kendo UI and the MVVM Pattern”. It was requested a few months ago to have a presentation on Kendo UI and Telerik helped connect us to Ben and to being him down for the presentation.
For more information on the meeting time and location you can visit:
And PLEASE RSVP (to assist with ordering correct quantity of pizza and soda) at:
Thanks to TEKSystems, as they will be sponsoring the room for this event and will provide Pizza and drinks!
And thanks to Red Gate Software http://www.red-gate.com, I have a copy of their “ANTS Performance Profiler” to give away to one of the attendees.

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Resharper – NuGet Plugin

Today while poking around the JetBrains Tools Blog and reading an article about their ReSharper SDK update notifications. In the blog post it mentioned a couple of plugins that are using this feature. And the name of one of them, resharper-nuget, caught my eye, being a bug fan of NuGet and a longtime user of ReSharper.

So I went over to https://github.com/JetBrains/resharper-nuget and perused the home page there and read briefly about it. And it fixes an issue when using ReSharper’s “Add Reference” functionality on undefined types. I will let the following quote from the projects home page describe it better than me repeating it here.

ReSharper has a Context Action on undefined types that looks at assemblies referenced in other projects for that type. If it finds a match, it will add a reference to the assembly, and import the namespace, fixing up the undefined error.

However, ReSharper always adds the assembly as a file reference, even if the assembly is part of a NuGet package. This means NuGet’s referencing is bypassed, and the packages.config file isn’t updated, dependencies aren’t installed, and things don’t work when it’s time to update the package.

This plugin makes ReSharper invoke NuGet when adding a reference to an assembly in a NuGet package.

Check it out, as it should make it easier to use NuGet packages in other porjects in a solution without those being file references, and proper NuGet package references are made so any updates to the NuGet package will smoother.

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Webinar Recording – When Hadi Met Julie: A Story of Entity Framework, ReSharper, a Spaniard and The Data Farm Queen

Webinar Recording – When Hadi Met Julie: A Story of Entity Framework, ReSharper, a Spaniard and The Data Farm Queen.

An interesting video recording. To quote from the page :

When Hadi tried to create an Entity Framework app, he realized just how bad of a noob he really was. He then decided to call on a favor to Julie, the Data Farm Queen. As Julie was teaching Hadi, he kept interrupting her to tell her about easier ways to do things using ReSharper. That’s when they decided to stop right there and make the whole thing public. Julie would teach Hadi EF and he would in exchange show her some tips on how ReSharper could help with coding.


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Things about JSON.stringify() I didn’t know

So today I was reviewing a weekly JavaScript email I get, and found an article that piqued my interest. I went to the article and found some things I didn’t know about JSON.stringify()

I have been using JS libraries for my work and really never used JSON.stringify() function directly very often. The times I did use it, the calls were fairly plain vanilla calls, passing an JavaScript object to it and getting back the string.

But this article (link at end of post) by Jim Cowart covered some things I didn’t know, and like Jim, I felt these should be passed along to others. I really liked the ideas of white and black listing members of objects for logging parts of objects while debugging/profiling client side code.

Hope someone else learns something new from this too.

Jim Cowart’s “What You Might Not Know About JSON.stringify()”