Visual Studio 2015 Preview–Package Manager

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One of the changes coming with VS 2015 is how NuGet packages are managed. In VS2013 you got something like this when managing packages for a solution. This UI provides some useful information. What packages are installed and in which projects What packages have updates What packages are available In VS2015 you get a completely… Continue reading Visual Studio 2015 Preview–Package Manager

Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition

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This is awesome news from Microsoft. They have finally released a new edition for VS2013. Now before you grumble about yet another edition let me clarify exactly what this means – Express is dead. What Is It? In short VS2013 CE (hereafter known as CE) is the free version of Visual Studio. Prior to now… Continue reading Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition

Change Expired Password in Windows 8 Is Broken

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Starting with Windows 8 (and continuing with Windows 8.1) I have noticed that changing your password is broken once the password is expired. I’m posting this so that others can be aware and not fall into the same pit that I often find myself.  Problem If your network has a password expiration policy and you… Continue reading Change Expired Password in Windows 8 Is Broken

Simplifying ADO.NET Data Access, Part 2

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Part 2 of a series on simplifying ADO.NET code. In the previous article we talked about the basics of ADO.NET. There are times where ADO.NET is still the correct choice for data access. Unfortunately it was written back in the original days of .NET and hasn’t been updated with newer features like generics. In this… Continue reading Simplifying ADO.NET Data Access, Part 2