Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My C# project is constantly out of date - VS 2012

Recently, I have strugling with strange issue in which my C# project constantly builds. This might not look like a big issue, but multiply this by 20 and you will end up wasting considerable amount of time. I have looked for any ideas, being logical or not - from tracking if any file is modified to whether the xaml compiler make some hacky things.

What I found out is that the problem was located in the Content and Resource file types - if by any reason its action is Copy Always it will trigger full build, even they does not affect the other output (does not sound very practical). Nevertelless, setting in to Copy if newer resolves the issue.

P.S. If the problem persists you might what to delete the *.suo files as well (Thanks Zhoro for the tip :)).

Friday, May 11, 2012

Visual Studio 11 UI WILL have colors

   Most of the .NET developers tried the VS 11 have been very sceptical regarding its "battleship grey" theme. Some of them even called it VS "depressing edition". I myself found difficulties to work with it. Most of the problems were realted to the fact that there are almost no accents though the icons, menus, etc. Making it very dificult to quickly find the button/file you need (Of course, everything has a good side - that way I have memorized almost all shortcuts :) ).
   The good news is that Microsoft have heard the developers and are working in improving the UI and adding just enough colors to improve usability. There also some goodies such as different accents depending on whether you are building/debugging, etc. I am particulary happy with the new icons and files. I will miss the window borders but I guess that's because I am used to them.

Hope you like it too.

Source - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2012/05/08/visual-studio-11-user-interface-updates-coming-in-rc.aspx

Source - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2012/05/08/visual-studio-11-user-interface-updates-coming-in-rc.aspx
Source - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2012/05/08/visual-studio-11-user-interface-updates-coming-in-rc.aspx

Monday, February 28, 2011

Disable Drag-and-Drop within Solution Explorer

I believe that I am not the only one that have encountered this issue - open large solution and while Visual Studio is loading/parsing files/updating intelisense try to scroll to file I need. The result - most of the times I end up with folders or files that are accidentally dragged. And most of the time there is no visual representation of this drag operation.

No more! After I have found VS commands. They add many enhancements my favorite is "Prevent accidental Drag & Drop". Hope you like it too.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Remote Desktop to Console Session from Windows Vista, Windows 7

Recently, I have encountered problem while trying to connect to console session using remote desktop. As we know, the standart way to do this is to run the mstsc using /console argument. However, after several unsussessful attempts I found out that desipte the previous versions of Windows, since Windows Vista the format has changed to this format:

mstsc /admin

Hopefully, this will help someone save time for actual work :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Skinput - the user interface is YOU :)

Nowadays, the in struggle for new fancy devices and multifunctional widgets we are more or less looking on similar devices - relatively small, several buttons and touch screen. But each of these devices has one limitation - space. Wouldn’t be good if we ability to extend our control on larger space and still keep our device small? Or to control the device even if ti is in ou pocket?

Skinput offers very interesting alternative to conventional devices. It uses YOU as user interface, by tracking acoustic waves made by taping with you finger different parts of your body. Criss Harrison and his team claim that they have created interface with 99.9% accuracy. All you need is one bracelet and you become a walking keyboard :).Despite the device still has only prototype, Criss is optimist about its future. If you are interested you can check this site: http://www.chrisharrison.net/projects/skinput/