A nice collection of web site templates and themes:
After reinstalling Visual Studio 2010, service pack, and what-not, I started getting lots of errors about loading Visual Studio packages like RadLang, VSTS for Database Professionals, and other SQL-related stuff.
For now, running Visual Studio with the following option seems to have fixed the issue:
After installing Internet Explorer my Windows Search stopped working and Visual Studio 2010 started crashing, reporting an exception in .Net 20r3 or something like that. The app would crash after opening a solution, right after the window "configuring solution" would close.
Fortunately, the fix was easy - deleting the .suo files made it go away the first time.
Problem Event Name: CLR20r3
Problem Signature 01: devenv.exe
Problem Signature 02: 10.0.40219.1
Problem Signature 03: 4d5f2a73
Problem Signature 04: mscorlib
Problem Signature 05: 22.214.171.124
Problem Signature 06: 4d53693b
Problem Signature 07: 2c26
Problem Signature 08: 45
Problem Signature 09: KUTS43RW3WMPE3EWT1R1Z5M5MTM1NR04
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.48
Locale ID: 3081
Additional information about the problem:
However, now I could only open the project/solution but opening a file in the project or trying to recompile would crash the Visual Studio again. Running "devenv.exe /log" creates an xml log file:
One of the last entries contained the error message. According to forums, this could be related to Silverlight. So I removed all the installed components related to Silverlight. The problem is that Silverlight 4 Tools cannot be installed after the Visual Studio SP1. So I removed the Service Pack. Uninstallation requires reboot.
After that I installed the Silverlight Tools and reapplied the Visual Studio SP1. Since that bore no results, I reapplied Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and all the software above in various order.
However, it turned out that unplugging the (new) RAM sticks out and plugging them back in again fixed the problem!
Since my graphics card in a laptop sucks for 3D gaming, I'm looking for a solution that does not involve getting another PC. I've heard earlier that there are external solutions that plug into one of laptop's express slots and allow "upgrade" of the available graphics capabilities of notebook computers.
While I could not find many around on the net, here is one: ViDock
To troubleshoot crazy WCF-related errors, a very good option is to trace all the events in the service. While the documentation on MSDN contains useful info, the changes required to actually enable tracing are not all listed there.
The full settings, that are added to Web.config when enabling tracing through the WCF Configuration Editor, look like this:
<source name="System.ServiceModel" switchValue="Warning, ActivityTracing"
<add type="System.Diagnostics.DefaultTraceListener" name="Default">
<filter type="" />
<filter type="" />
type="System.Diagnostics.XmlWriterTraceListener, System, Version=126.96.36.199, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089"
<filter type="" />
CoffeeScript seems to be getting quite popular lately.
In order to set Beyond Compare (or other custom tool) as the default tool for diff/merge operation in Team Foundation Server plugin for Visual Studio, do the following:
Source: Beyond Compare support (link)
In addition to the SpecFlow and Selenium Quick Start, here are a few notes on using Selenium in SpecFlow scenarios and step definitions.
Check the files in the Support directory in SpecFlow Examples code (link). There is scaffolding that is very useful if you are using Selenium to simulate user behavior. The SeleniumSupport is linked to @web tag, which should be used for the tests that use the browser (i.e. user acceptance tests). This means that, when scenarios tagged with @web are run, it will trigger events to start and shut down Selenium, and make it available for custom tests in the meantime.
Inheriting from the SeleniumStepsBase makes implementation very simple:
public class SeleniumStepsSample : SeleniumStepsBase
public void test()
This implementation also depends on a couple of settings in the app.config:
<add key="ReuseWebSession" value="true" />
<add key="AppUrl" value="http://localhost:51598/"/>
Here are brief steps on how to get started with SpecFlow and Selenium. This scenario assumes an ASP.NET MVC web application as the "code" and NUnit as the "test project".
java -jar selenium-server-standalone-2.0rc3.jar
This will start Selenium server on port 4444 by default. You can configure which browser you want the Selenium to start but by default this is Firefox.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<section name="specFlow" type="TechTalk.SpecFlow.Configuration.ConfigurationSectionHandler, TechTalk.SpecFlow" />
<!-- For additional details on SpecFlow configuration options see https://github.com/techtalk/SpecFlow/wiki/Configuration -->
<language feature="en-US" tool="" />
<unitTestProvider name="NUnit" />
<generator allowDebugGeneratedFiles="false" />
Looking for a VoIP client to install on a PC that did not have one, I did a quick lookout at what is out there. I used to use heaps of different clients only to move to the next one when I'd notice that the development has stalled and/or that there are new features offered by other clients. I've used XLite, native providers' applications, and lately Linphone. However, I ran into Blink and it is now my VoIP client of choice.
I will be using softphones a bit more, both on the desktop and on the mobile phone, as I have an Australian number with PennyTel and will use it to still "feel at home" when not in Australia. :)