Category Archives: Visual Studio

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.

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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The Magic of Config Transformations

Fog, trees, and a lightWe have all used the magic of the Web.config transformations.  This is when we have our Web.config and connected to that is a version that does some work for release and one for debug; Web.Release.config and Web.Debug.config.  These are a great way to automatically have the correct target use the correct settings, especially connection strings.  Whether we use that or not and just leave it as something that looks cool is a different thing.

Did you know you can get this magic for your console applications as well?  I know, a web developer doing console apps?  As an enterprise one sometimes I find it is the best solution to some problems.  While it seems like a small thing I wished I had it in the console applications, I am happy to say that I have found it!

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Visual Studio 2015 RC and the Task List

I am currently using Visual Studio 2015 RC and have notice something that is kind of annoying.  It seems the Task List window does not want to populate as quickly as previous versions.  I have not noticed a pattern yet, but I did submit it as a bug.

In the screen shot below I don’t think it picked up that //TODO for an exceptionally long time.  Normally it seems to take a while to pick up my custom tasks, like //INFO.

Missing Task in List

Missing Task in List

Visual Studio 2015 Window Layout

I have to admit I was wrong about the significance of the new Window Layout functionality in Visual Studio 2015.  As it turns out I really have been using this feature.

Window Layout

Window Layout

Visual Studio Safe Mode to the Rescue

Today while using Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 I encountered a problem.  It kept crashing.  I know earlier today I had installed several extensions; two of which did not come from Microsoft or Microsoft employees.  Naturally I suspected some extensions.

Command Line to the rescue.  You simply start Visual Studio from the command line with the flag to start in safe mode.  Once it comes up you can remove those suspect extensions.

Visual Studio 2015 Break Point Intellisense

I know we have intellisense in Visual Studio 2013 for the break point Condition, but we do not have it for the Action.  I was toying around with 2015 and noticed we now have it for the Action as well.

This is very useful for creating output messages to the debugger window.  In the screen shot below I have an object called myObject.  This object has three properties, an Id, a Name, and a CreatedDate.

Point intellisense

VS 2015 Break Point intellisense