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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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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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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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In .NET (Visual Studio), when do you create a new assembly?

I'm working on a Silverlight application. I've split it up in several assemblies: Domain Repositories (everything with persisting to the Sterling database) UI ... This is how I've learned it, but ...
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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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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 ...
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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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What are your recommendations for porting a huge VC++6 project to later VS version?

We have a huge legacy C project which runs in VC++6. And I hope this will be ported to later versions of visual studio. But I think it will be a huge work. Actually, I just tried to recompile the ...
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MEF & Circular dependencies in MonoDevelop / VS

(I think the problem described below is also affecting VS although I only tested it in MD) I have some trouble regarding circular dependencies. I know they are bad practice and should be avoided. In ...
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Why is a lightning bolt used to represent events in IDEs? [closed]

I was just curious if anyone knew why the lightning bolt was selected to represent events in various IDEs? or when it was first used? From the top of my head the lightning bolt is used in visual ...
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Solution organisation

I have been working on asp.net applications for 6 years but almost all of it has been extending and maintaining existing applications. I now have the need to develop a new application and I am ...
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Noobie wants to use source control, how would you guide them?

Let's say you know of an anonymous noobie that wants to be lead upon the path of righteousness. This noobie wants to use some sort of source control tools simply for the experience of using source ...
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Is “VS Lightswitch” the “Oracle APEX” from Microsoft?

What do you think? Is "Visual Studio Lightswitch" becoming the "Oracle APEX" for SQL Server in the futrure? Are these two technologies comparable?
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Why would you use built-in WebDev instead of local IIS

Since starting developing ASP.NET projects I find myself familiar just touching F5 for debugging. I think most of us are learned that way? From then and much later I learned to live with the spooky ...
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what info do wcf/.net developers need when joining a new project? [closed]

I'm a technical writer tasked to document a rather complex WPF/WCF .net application for a governmental agency. I'm not sure where to start and would like some suggestions from .net developers about ...
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Can I turn off Visual Studio white space at bottom of code files?

In any open file within Visual Studio, there is the ability to scroll all of the code out of sight". In other words, there is heaps of white space below the code lines that one can scroll to. This to ...
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Is the rule of 10% code is comments still valid?

I've used some older languages before C# and I always felt the need to comment what I was doing so it is clear for anyone who reads the code. But now that I use C# decently, I often feel that it's a ...
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How to use external file comparer in MS TFS

I don't like ms diff that integrated into Visual Studio 2008 TFS Edition. Is it possible to change this file comparer to external one (Beyond Compare, for example)?
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Is there any plugin for better viewing of exceptions?

I don’t think that I’m the only one that thinks that Visual Studio exception window is very poor. Trace information lacking formatting and is hardly readable. Is there any plugin or external tool ...
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Why doesn't my IDE do background compiling/building?

Today I develop on a fairly complex computer, it has multiple cores, SSD drives and what not. Still, most of the time I'm programming the computer is leasurely doing nothing. When I need to compile ...
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Visual Studio Notepad++ Sync Color Schemes

Is there an easy way to sync the color scheme/theme between visual studio 2008/2010 and notepad++? I would like to have it so that I could point visual studio and notepad++ to the same document and ...
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How does NUnit for C# compare with Unit Test facility integrated with Visual Studio

I need to work in a team to develop a mid scale Desktop application developed using C# .NET. Prior to this, I have not applied Unit Testing and Test Driven Development. I am aware that there exists ...
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Is Visual Studio just an IDE?

For Windows Development I mean. Looking over other questions there are alternatives to VS, but they seem to be web based ones, which is fine, or you could program an entire .net website in notepad, ...
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What keymap do you prefer in ReSharper?

I am using ReSharper since version 3 and I always used InteliJ Idea/Resharper 2.x keymap schema. Recently I have learned Ilya's Visual Studio keymap. They each have advantages. What keymap do you ...