Luke Fabish – Tame Your CSS with Some SASS

SASS.  I have toyed with SASS a little, and I do mean a little.  We have it built into one of our projects.  Usually when you create your styling you rarely need to go change it.  So those few times I have managed to figure things out.

Personally that is not good enough.  It is one of those topics I keep meaning to learn about and yet not have the time.  I received an email with a link to Luke’s article from Simple Programmer.  It is a long read, but it is worth it.

Tame Your CSS with Some SASS by Luke Fabish

Simple Programmer is a great resource as well.  I highly suggest you subscribe to his news letter.  You never know what you mind find in your inbox; today I found this article.  I went to Luke’s site and saw right away several more I would like to read.

Add Some Color to Your SSMS

Colors Are Spice For Your Eyes

Graveyard Trail

One of the definitions of color at Dictionary.com is

the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement or hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light; saturation or chroma; hue.

That is quite a mouthful for something we can just look at and instantly appreciate.  Colors are a natural occurrence.  Colors can spice up a day in the mountains making it more enjoyable compared to the bland look of winter or the constant lush green of summer.

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Visual Studio Won’t Open CSHTML Files

I had an issue one day where Visual Studio would not open my CSHTML files.  It would give me the following error.

The operation could not be completed.  Invalid pointer.

So naturally I took to Bing.  I eventually found the work around on StackOverFlow.

The fix for me was not the question’s accepted answer but one further down.  I deleted the contents in the %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0\ComponentModelCache folder.

After that I never had this issue again.

Change Login Using Windows Authentication

Recently I had a need to allow users to change their login on an MVC site that used Windows authentication.  Of course we did not want the user to log out of their machine to do it.  The trick of course involved sending a 401 response, but how to do that and not get stuck in an endless loop.

The 401 Loop

It seemed simple enough, in fact too simple.  You just return a 401 challenge and have them move on to their previous page.  The 401 response is what presents the user with the Windows login popup.  In reality the 401 response acts like a redirect on itself, so you get two page loads and it forgets any variables you set.

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Getting Started With Angular 2 In Visual Studio 2015

Angular 2 And Visual Studio 2015?

VSTSNG2PaintI want to start learning Angular 2!  We have an enterprise project that will be developed in Angular 2.  In fact the contracting firm will create a minimum viable product and then it will be up to us to do the rest.  So I really must learn Angular 2.  We also use Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise edition.  Most of our current projects target .NET 4.

If you have looked into Angular 2 just a bit you will find a huge difference.  Most people are teaching it using Code or some other IDE that is not Visual Studio.  So my goal in this post is to take the 5 Min Quickstart from Angular 2 and make it run in Visual Studio 2015.

I will not go into detail on every bit, please see the Quickstart for that information.  I am just focusing on getting it running in Visual Studio 2015.

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Easter Eggs in the Enterprise

Plastic Easter Eggs

Something I always enjoyed when I was younger was finding Easter Eggs.  I also remember the first time I found Easter Eggs in software.

I was really excited and thought I had found something unique.  Most of the time though it seems these fun little things are only in games.  Personally I would like to change that, or maybe just have it happen more often.

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Becoming A Social Developer

Social What?

What?!

What?!  I know that sounds crazy.  Think about it though, the movie stereotype of the lone developer who works in a Faraday cage is nowhere near realistic.

We are human being after all, and humans need some level of social interaction.  Trust me, it is a good thing.

Jeremy Clark did a presentation at the Visual Studio Live conference I attended December of 2015.  I thought it was a neat concept, and it clicked with me.  I was at a conference, but if I was not with my coworkers I really was not talking to anyone.  I decided to take up the challenge.

I was not alone in this decision.  There were a few other developers who were going out of their way to talk to other people.  It was nice, it made the conference seem more like a community.

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Testing Gist in WordPress

WordPress Gist Support

Apparently WordPress supports using Gists to share code.  I plan to test that with this blog post.  I created a JavaScript Gist with two simple functions.  I will try to share each file on its own.

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Application Event Logging

The Art of Logging

Log Book

During my time as a Naval Nuclear Field Machinist Mate I did a lot of logging.  The data points we logged were not for busy work, they had a reason and a purpose.

Logging certain data points around the same time multiple times a day is a lot of data.  As you know this data lets you see trends, maybe detect a potential equipment failure before it happens.

Application logging in the enterprise is not much different.  The hard part is knowing what to log, where to log, and how to log it.  I hope this article will help you answer some of those questions.

 

 

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Visual Studio Live 360 December 2015

vslivelogoI really must apologize for waiting so long to post about this conference.  It just kept slipping my mind.  My team and I attended one in Orlando last year (2015).  If you have never been to a large developer conference you are really missing out on some goodness.

This conference was my first real one I have attended.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would love to attend it again.  This year though, I am shooting for Microsoft Ignite.

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