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GacUtil, MPF, and CSProj
Yesterday, I wrote about running GacUtil from within the AfterBuild target, due to some constraints with MPF and T4. I discovered that the path I provided was wrong. It's the only GacUtil.exe under the Microsoft.NET folder, but it won't register the assembly. Since I wasn't sure which path I should be using, I used the GacUtil task from MSBuild Community Tasks. Here is the relevant code it uses to retrieve the path to gacutil.exe: protected override string GenerateFullPathToTool() { return ToolLocationHelper.GetPathT... ......

Posted On Thursday, April 30, 2009 11:13 AM

GacUtil from Project File
Due to circumstances involving a MPF package and Text Templating (t4), I had to add an assembly to the GAC after compiling if I wanted to be able to run the generator in the VS Experimental. So, I added the following line to the AfterBuild target of the csproj file: <Exec Command="gacutil /i $(TargetPath)"/> Unfortunately, I received the following error when I compiled: Error 155 The command "gacutil /i [PathToDll]" exited with code 9009. C:\Projects\AperioVisualStu... ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 29, 2009 5:51 PM

Custom Tags
Microsoft Tag is a cool technology that revolutionizes barcodes. A while back, I created my own tag for While building a new presentation to give at the Farm Bureau Spring Conference, I decided I should embed my tag in the presentation. I couldn't find the file I saved out, so I browsed out to the site and discovered Microsoft has put together a way to allow branding and design in the tag itself. Welcome to custom tags ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 29, 2009 4:23 PM

Word Math Zones
I didn't realize you could do this. If you want a math zone in Office Word, just type Alt+=. This will allow you to enter equations with simple notation. If you type a^2+ b^2=c^2 for Pythagoras algorithm, it will convert give you a nice graphical representation. While you're in the equation editor, a cool ribbon appears that allows you to edit an equation even if you aren't aware of the linear notation. If I wanted to write an equation in the past for posting, I would have to hunt down a pregenerated ......

Posted On Monday, April 27, 2009 1:47 PM

Richmond Code Camp
Tomorrow after work, I'm driving to Richmond to speak at the Richmond Code Camp. In the past, I didn't plan out which sessions I would attend. Instead, I just floated to whatever seemed interesting. This time, I'm taking the steps to get the most out of the conference. Here's my schedule. 8:00 - 8:45am - Auditorium - Welcome And Keynote I'm not a morning guy, particularly after driving 6 hours. However, I'll try to be on time to catch the keynote. 8:45 - 10:00am - Speakers Lounge - Preparation Before ......

Posted On Thursday, April 23, 2009 1:57 PM

Team System 2010 Overview
Brian Harry has posted a list of features that will be in the upcoming beta 1 of Visual Studio 2010 Team System. Unfortunately, the date of release for beta 1 has not been announced yet. Architecture ( Architecture Explorer Layer diagram Use case designer Activity designer Component diagram Logical class designer Sequence diagram Modeling project system UML Model explorer Architecture validation during build Development & Database ( ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:32 AM

Package Load Key Issue
I finished up a Visual Studio package, generated the package load key (plk), created an installer, and deployed it to a tester. Of course, it didn't work. Whenever the tester tried to open up the designer, the following error was displayed (note: the screenshots don't reflect the actual product as it is proprietary). To duplicate the environment, I downloaded a set up a virtual pc with Visual Studio Team System 2008. I did a lot of testing and discovered that it would load up fine when the sdk was ......

Posted On Monday, April 20, 2009 7:03 PM

Illustrated C# 2008 eBook
Migrating to C# from C++ or VB? Redgate is offering an ebook of Illustrated C# 2008 by Daniel Solis to help you out. It has a very visual approach, with lots of figures and code samples. Best of all, it's free ......

Posted On Monday, April 13, 2009 9:23 AM

Mapping Fail with Entity Framework
While beginning a new project for myself, I decided to use the Entity Framework by building my entities first then creating the database required to support the entities I need. When I reached the stage where I had to map the relationships to the database, I wasn't exactly sure what to put in. I eventually figure out that I need to set the table mapping to the table with the many multiplicity, then set the tables to their corresponding keys in that table. I originally set them to the same key before ......

Posted On Monday, April 13, 2009 12:54 AM

It's All About The Tools
I had the pleasure of being in the audience for Russ Fustino's "It's All About The Tools" recording at the South Florida Code Camp. Here's the video from that session ......

Posted On Sunday, April 12, 2009 4:31 PM

IE8 Accelerator Development Resources
I've compiled a list of useful links for developing IE8 accelerators. Accelerator Icon Usage Guidelines OpenService Accelerators Developer Guide OpenService Format Specification for Accelerators Windows 7 Accelerator Platform Writing an IE8 accelerator in 15 minutes (bookmark on Delicious) How to write a "Find on MSDN" Accelerator IE8 Accelerator for MSDN Social Bookmarks ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 8, 2009 3:33 PM

DreamBuildPlay Registration Open
Registration for the DreamBuildPlay 2009 Challenge is now open. Pull together a team of up to 7 people, or go solo. Use XNA Game Studio to build a groundbreaking game for the Xbox 360 platform. You and your team could win your share of $75,000 in cash prizes! There's also the potential opportunity to receive an Xbox LIVE publishing contract. Maybe best of all, your game could be played - and admired by gamers worldwide. If you register soon, you'll receive a free 12 month XNA creators club trial ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 7, 2009 7:27 PM

SharePoint Designer Free

SharePoint Designer 2007 is now available as a free download!

This can be disappointing to someone who has already purchased it, and it's disappointing to me as a user group leader who has a copy to give away. However, if you have SharePoint Designer 2007 Software Assurance current as of April 1st, 2009, you will receive upgrade rights to Expression Web for the lifetime of their SA agreement.

Posted On Thursday, April 2, 2009 10:13 AM

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