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How do you safely work around broken code? [closed]

Once in a while, a co-worker will check-in bad code which blocks my application from initializing properly. To get around this problem quickly, I comment out the offending code. I then forget to ...
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Taking a Projects Development to the Next Level [closed]

I have been looking for some advice for a while on how to handle a project I am working on, but to no avail. I am pretty much on my fourth iteration of improving an "application" I am working on; the ...
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Visual Studio 2012 - Express vs Professional [closed]

I'm having trouble finding a feature comparison between Visual Studio 2012 Express Edition and the professional edition. I'm using the trial Professional version at the moment, but it'll run out soon, ...
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Do you use ReSharper full time, or only enable it when needed? [closed]

Based on a multitude of questions related to temporarily disabling ReSharper, and also on certain research data, I can see that a considerable share of ReSharper users have it disabled most of the ...
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Best thing to do about projects supporting multiple versions of Visual Studio?

I have an open source project that works on .Net 2.0 and up. The thing is though that I prefer to use Visual Studio 2012, which forces the solution and project files to only work with VS2010/2012. ...
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Declaring interface in the same file as the base class, is it a good practice?

To be interchangable and testable, normally services with logic needs to have interface, e.g. public class FooService: IFooService { ... } Design-wise, I agree with this, but one of the things ...
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Writing scripts for Visual Studio project

What is the best way to write and run small scripts and tasks that are specific to a particular .Net project? Such things as configuring a database or confirming proper connections to servers. In ...
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Define which tests are run after build in Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio 2012 has a new feature where it automatically runs your unit tests after every build. I would like to use this feature, but I have a number of tests that should not be run after every ...
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Approach on Software Development Architecture

I am planning to standardize our way of creating project for our new projects. Currently we are using 3tier architecture where we have our ClassLibrary Project where it includes our Data Access Layer ...
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Port numbers in Visual Studio projects and IIS

I have a few questions about localhost and port numbers as this is an area where I do not have a lot of knowledge, and because I recently had to work with setting up Visual Studio projects and IIS and ...
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Best approach for utility class library using Visual Studio

I have a collection of classes that I commonly (but not always) use when developing WPF applications. The trouble I have is that if I want to use only a subset of the classes, I have three options: ...
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How much should I rely on Visual Studio's Auto Generated Code?

I'm reading about ASP.NET (VB.NET) and I want to built my professionally website. I'm wondering though; I'm still using the basics so I'm really just a novice, but how much should I rely on Visual ...
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Is there a downside to installing Visual Studio Ultimate if I don't need all the features?

Microsoft released today the final builds of Visual Studio 2012 on MSDN. I'm trying to decide from this version comparison page which edition to install (I can install any edition I want for free). ...
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Pair programming remotely with Visual Studio?

What tools exist to facilitate pair programming with Visual Studio when the programmers are not in the same physical location? At the moment we are thinking voice (Skype?) plus remote desktop (VNC? ...
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Developing Razor Web Pages - Visual Studio and/or WebMatrix?

When I started learning about Web Pages I followed several of the Microsoft tutorials, all of which utilized WebMatrix. I did this until I realized that WebMatrix offered no debugging. Wait? What?? No ...
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How to port this architecture to .net?

My team is currently locked into using a tool we dislike that takes the form of a Eclipse plugin and a .jar; the plugin gives us a button to quickly run a single file's code (via invoking the main ...
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Add a second developer to the team

In my company, I'm the only developer, but we plan on expanding the team by hiring a second programmer. I know there are a lot of implications to that (especially around source control). I've Googled ...
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Is a new build required everytime I make a change to the code?

I am working on a project that has around a hundred different files (.cpp & .h), and it requires around an hour to build the entire project on MSVC 2008, suppose that I now make a change to any ...
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Dynamic Post-build event in Visual Studio

I am building a video server application that has multiple projects in Visual Studio. One project, the video server project, needs to call a shell script to generate documentation. This works fine ...
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Visual Studio build everytime JS and CSS changes?

I am relatively new to Visual Studio Development and I was wondering - it seems that everytime I make changes to my JS or CSS in my project - I have to "build" the project again. Is there any way to ...
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Is it safe to download VS11/.NET4.5 beta and still deploy to servers with .NET 4.0?

I've been wanting to try out VS2011 and .NET 4.5 beta, but the upgrade path is confusing at best. If I understand what I've read, the .NET 4.5 framework overwrites the .NET 4.0 libraries on your local ...
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How to properly structure a project in winform?

A while ago I started to create a winform application and at that time it was small and I did not give any thought of how to structure the project. Since then I added additional features as I needed ...
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Moving away from .Net to Ruby and coping without intellisense [closed]

I am in the process of trying to learn Ruby, however after spending nearly 10 years in the MS stack I am struggling to get by without intellisense. I've given RubyMine a try which does help however ...
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Should we check in Setup Project of Visual Studio

From what I understand, the ideal way to prepare builds using Visual Studio is to use a single build machine. That means, while the developers go through development process using their respective ...
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Creating a line of business application with Visual Studio Isolated Shell

I ask this to the pros out there - Is it feasible to build a new LOB(Line Of Business) application with VS Shell as an stand alone application. There are some points that I thought needs to changed, ...
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Why do .NET shops seem to prefer Crystal Report over RDLC reports?

I am currently using RDLC reports. But when interviewing for .NET jobs, they frequently ask "Have you worked with Crystal Reports?". Why do they like Crystal Reports when Visual Studio already has ...
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What is the purpose of including header files in the solution in Visual Studio?

So I have including the files to my projects by simply : #include "myheader.hpp" and adding the headers into the solution explorer. But recently I have realized that I may omit the step of adding the ...
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Computation Program Not Running at 100% CPU Utilization

I have a program which has a GUI and performs some very heavy mathematical computations for a couple of minutes and then outputs a result. When I try to directly interface it through its DLL's, it ...
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How to treat “The field is never used” warnings?

Warning 1 The field 'MCS_SPS_School.Fees.DiscountAmt.rtvalue' is assigned but its value is never used G:\Jagadeeswaran\Nov 17\MCS-SPS School\MCS-SPS School\Fees\DiscountAmt.cs Warning 2 ...
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Newbie seeking advice on programming in general [closed]

need some of you to remember back to a time when you might have been bad at programming... Been at my new job (as a software developer) for a couple of months now, passed probation period. Have very ...
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Is Visual Studio Express suitable for commercial application development? [closed]

If I were to develop a Silverlight game and publish it to a site where you can play it for free is the use considered to be commercial or personal? What about if the site has adverts on, is it then ...
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How do you avoid working on the wrong branch?

Being careful is usually enough to prevent problems, but sometimes I need to double check the branch I'm working on (e.g. "hmm... I'm in the dev branch, right?") by checking the source control path of ...
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Do I need to Clean/Rebuild a project before Debugging/Publishing it in Visual Studio?

This is probably a stupid question, but do I need to Clean/Rebuild before Debugging or Publishing a Visual Studio project? I see other developers doing it all the time, and at some point I started ...
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What are ways I can speed of development time when building applications? [closed]

I noticed that overtime with experience that the curve of learning shifts from trying to learn a language or technology (the way it works) to how to develop applications faster and with less code. I ...
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Good practice on Visual Studio Solutions [closed]

Hopefully a relativity simple question. I'm starting work on a new internal project to create tractability of repaired devices within the buildings. The database is stored remotely on a webserver, ...
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What technology is used to build “Visual Studio 11”?

A preview of the new "Visual Studio 11" was recently shown at Microsoft's BUILD conference. Out of interest, what technology is being used to create it? I assume it's not WinRT (which I've been led ...
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Boss wants to convert all developers to virtualized desktops [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Thoughts on Development using Virtual Machines My boss has been singing the praises of leveraging virtualized desktops for all our developers in the company - about 100 ...
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Does Microsoft have a free version of Visual Studio? [closed]

Not a trial, but a truly free version that they offer users to download.... I was wondering in case I somehow missed the option on their website. Any version of Visual Studio will do. If not, are ...
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What is the difference between a prototype and a production level solution?

This question is purely for learning and to step-up my technical understanding. I know there is no perfect solution and this question has possible never ending solution list but I think it's very ...
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Which tool to use for creating application releases?

I'm wondering what others use as a tool for creating the final package to hand over to the customer. For now, these are the tasks it should perform for our company: build a set of VS projects ...
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What is Visual Studio Lightswitch and how does it differ from normal Visual Studio versions?

How is Visual Studio Lightswitch different from regular Visual Studio? In what sort of situations would you use this IDE over regular Visual Studio? I'm trying to decide if this is something that ...
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What's the difference between ASP.NET Web Applications and Websites? [closed]

Currently, I am reading Pro ASP.NET 4 in C# and in it, two ways of creating a web application are described: Website Web Application Project In which scenarios should I choose the former over the ...
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Why isn't the line count in Visual Studio zero-based? [closed]

This just struck me as an oversight by Microsoft. Since arrays and other data-structures within the .NET framework begin from zero (zero-based) why don't we have a line 0 within the code view in ...
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How can I be most productive in Visual Studio when limited to small screen space? [closed]

I'm a student, and I do a lot of code on a small (12.5", 1366x768) laptop screen that I carry from class to class. Most programming environments are designed with the idea that someone has large ...
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Should I rely on Visual Studio in adding HTML and CSS?

I am wondering if I should rely on Visual Studio in adding HTML and CSS elments by using the viusal toolbars or should I write them by myself? Is it considered bad practice if I relied on Visual ...
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Is there any reason not to let your group of developers install third party Visual Studio add-ons? [closed]

Is there any risk in allowing your team of developers to install whatever Visual Studio Add-ons they want? Is it a good idea to allow them this freedom?
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Using Visual Studio with a screen reader without paying for an expensive edition [closed]

I'm a totally blind programmer who would like to learn .net. It appears that the Visual Studio express editions are not accessible since the scripts that come with Jaws for Windows, the screen ...
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Why does Microsoft charge a fortune for its developer tools? [closed]

Microsoft charges thousands of dollars for most versions of Visual Studio. Compare this with companies like Apple and Google and with organizations like GNU and Eclipse that give away developer tools ...
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Is kick-starting myself into the programming world by reading from a book about VS 2008 & .NET 3.5 a bad idea?

Basically what the title says. I'm completely new to programming and decided C# to be the best language to start learning, so I went ahead and installed Visual Studio Express 2010 C# to get started. ...
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Can I use Linux/Mono instead of Windows/Visual Studio without any problem? [closed]

I have more than 6 years of experience with .Net (C#/ASP.NET) and Visual Studio. But recently I'm tempted to switch to Linux/Mono. It comes up with some questions: Can I run my old Visual Studio ...