Dirk Strauss

Resizing VirtualBox Disks Does Not Work With Snapshots

On 8 August, 2014 01:00:41, in How To, by Dirk Strauss

Resizing VirtualBox Disks – I wanted to resize the hard drive of my VM, and I figured that this would be an easy task. As it turns out, it is extremely easy. The only problem was that it wasn’t working. Here is how I resolved that error. Please note, this is my dev VM. If I mess things up, I’ll wipe it and start over. If you can’t be so cavalier about what you do on your VM’s, you better make a backup first.

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Moving VirtualBox VM’s To An External Drive

On 6 August, 2014 01:00:18, in How To, by Dirk Strauss

Moving Virtual Box VM’s – The other day I created a VM in VirtualBox, and it created the VM in the default directory on my local drive. My local drive is not full, but having a virtual machine hogging an initial 23 Gb of disk space, didn’t excite me too much. This is especially true if it is set to dynamically grow in size. As I found out, moving VirtualBox VM’s is really quick and easy. Here’s how.

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ApexSQL Provides Excellent SQL Tools For Free

On 29 July, 2014 01:00:23, in SQL, by Dirk Strauss

ApexSQL has a few free tools on their site. Before I carry on, I was in no way compensated for this blog post at all. Now that is out of the way, check out ApexSQL tools. I was amazed by the feature richness of these tools. I would be amiss if I didn’t share this with the developer community out there. If you are a developer using SSMS, you definitely must download their free tools and give them a try.

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Azure Databases – Restore Local Database To Azure

On 23 July, 2014 00:50:20, in SQL, by Dirk Strauss

Azure Databases – What do you need to do if you have a local database and you want to deploy it to Azure? I saw while researching for this article that there were a few ways to do this, but the method I’m going to show you is a nice quick and easy method. 

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Ajax Control Toolkit – JavaScript Runtime Error

On 21 July, 2014 01:00:19, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss

So here I was on a Friday afternoon with another doozy of an error. I recently needed to make a modification to an existing web application we wrote. The original developer had left the company and I had to take this project over for the change. The forms make use of Ajax, so I duly went ahead and installed the Ajax Control Toolkit via NuGet. I then started seeing the following error: ‘JavaScript runtime error: Unable to get property ‘UI’ of undefined or null reference’. I saw that a modal popup caused this error. I wasn’t too surprised as I had expected some errors, but the solution however did surprise me.

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The other day I truly had a dumbstruck, absolutely floored, speechless moment. I tried to run SQL Server Management Studio and was presented with an error telling me that an exception has been thrown by the target of  an invocation. Well that error message was about as helpful as the first time I ever saw the Object reference not set to an instance of an object error. And as I stared blankly at my monitor, I thought….. ‘I have nothing’.

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Destroying Programmer Productivity

On 15 July, 2014 01:00:53, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss

There is much to be said for the programmer that can zone themselves out from all the noise in the office. I used to work with such a programmer. She would sit and code with her headphones on (not uncommon for most programmers), but what made Taryn unique was that she was very good at programming. She had her ‘thing’ down to a T, and would pump out excellent code in copious amounts of C# or Visual Basic on a daily basis.

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Microsoft MVP Award for Visual C#

On 1 July, 2014 12:27:43, in Technology, by Dirk Strauss

I want to take the time to thank Microsoft and the MVP Community for awarding me the MVP Award for contributions in Visual C#. I would also like to thank Hande Kayadeniz Torkan, MVP Community Program Manager for MEA for all her support and assistance.  My hope is to continue contributing to the C# (and other) communities and share, collaborate and connect with individuals with a passion for technology.

Microsoft MVP

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South African Cities And Provinces – A Complete List

On 5 May, 2014 01:00:59, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss

South African Cities – Are you looking for a complete list of South African Cities along with their provinces? Well good luck with that. I spent the most part of my Saturday searching for a comprehensive list (which I didn’t find). Below is the product of my research, a downloadable list of all South African Cities.

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Market Yourself As A Software Developer By John Sonmez Reviewed

On 23 April, 2014 08:06:00, in Reviewed, by Dirk Strauss

As a software developer, my goal is to try and be as close to the best at what I do. I then got to thinking… what is it that encompasses ‘what I do’? There is no template that will fit every software developer out there, but for me an on-line presence was an important part of this. Unfortunately for me at the time I had to feel my way around this aspect of my professional life. There were no guides or definite ‘how to’ tutorials marketed specifically to me, a software developer. 

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