Dirk Strauss

Introducing Code Contracts – Writing Better Code

On 18 May, 2015 00:21:21, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss

Introducing Code Contracts – Exactly what are code contracts and how can they help me in my daily coding tasks? How do code contracts make my code better? Well as I have said before, user input is evil. All user input. Code contracts provide a way for a developer to specifically check what values are coming into their methods and catch issues easily. Here is an introduction to code contracts.

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Simil is one of the coolest algorithms I have come across in a long while. Developers usually know that all user input is evil, and we really need to implement code contracts and all the fail safes afforded to us by the numerous development standards out there. Unfortunately, spelling mistakes are human and we all make them.

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Starting out with Azure isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Head on over to The Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog for my latest article on Getting Started with Microsoft Azure.

CodeRush Stops Intellisense Working For Visual Studio 2013

On 11 May, 2015 00:15:29, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss

CodeRush Stops Intellisense Working – I absolutely love DevExpress products. I love CodeRush even more and once you have used it, it’s easy to see why. But has the Intellisense in Visual Studio 2013 suddenly stopped working after installing CodeRush?

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Connecting SQL Fails? Did You Hibernate Your PC?

On 6 May, 2015 00:15:37, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss

Connecting SQL Fails after waking your PC from hibernation? Well then the solution might be a really easy one. Here is a quick post on fixing this annoying issue.

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Office 2016 Public Preview Is Now Available

On 5 May, 2015 00:15:32, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss

Office 2016 Public Preview – Today Microsoft is expanding the Office 2016 Preview. This means it is available to Office users everywhere in preparation for general availability in the Fall of 2015. 

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Writing Faster Code With Visual Studio 2013

On 4 May, 2015 00:10:23, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss

Writing Faster Code – I’m sure that many of you already know the following tips. Some of these are probably not even confined to Visual Studio 2013. Nevertheless, I called the article ‘Writing Faster Code With Visual Studio 2013′ because that is the version of the Visual Studio IDE I use. I feel however that this is a nice article to include on my blog, as it will make many of us more productive.

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Microsoft Launches Visual Studio Code

On 29 April, 2015 21:21:09, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss

Microsoft Launches Visual Studio Code – It has finally happened. Microsoft announced the launch of Visual Studio Code today during its Build Developer conference. Why is this a big deal you might ask? Well Visual Studio Code is a lightweight cross-platform code editor that allows developers to create web and cloud applications that will run natively on OS X, Linux and Windows.

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Parallels Desktop – Run Visual Studio On Your Mac

On 28 April, 2015 21:38:11, in Video, by Dirk Strauss

Parallels Desktop 10 – Do you love your Windows Applications and wish you could run them on your Mac? Well as some of you might or might not know, Parallels Desktop is the perfect solution for you. I write software for a living, so I am what I guess you would call a power user? Nevertheless, I wanted to see how well Parallels Desktop would perform if I wanted to write software using Visual Studio 2013 on my Mac.

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Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference – Register Now!

On 20 April, 2015 09:52:45, in Technology, by Dirk Strauss

Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference – Microsoft and the MVPs are hosting a FREE event on May 14th & 15th. Join Microsoft MVPs from the Americas’ region as they share their knowledge and real-world expertise during the free event. Go check out the MVP Virtual Conference site.

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