Author Archives: JohnHowell

About JohnHowell

I am a professional software developer with over 20 years of experience. I currently specialize in Microsoft technologies such as VS, TFS, C#, VB.Net, WCF, WPF, WW, etc.

Responding to posts v/s Captcha

It’s become a sad state of affairs when technology works so hard to prevent malicious posting that it actually gets in the way of people and progress.  Take Captcha (please).  I respond to posts and every time there is a … Continue reading

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Not so much fun with NuGet

NuGet was a great idea and addition to Visual Studio.  That said, it can be a notorious pain in the ‘you know where’.  Things like not being able to see packages, not being able to download new packages, InvalidOperationExceptions in … Continue reading

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Finally IIF is coming to T-SQL!

After a long wait and many, many requests, the IIF function is finally coming to SQL Server 2012! If you aren’t familar with this function but yet you do use CASE statements, you’re going to love the IIF function.  Check … Continue reading

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Nice & Quick SQL Index Perf Intro

Ron Johnson did a very nice and very concise introduction to index performance and analysis that is very worth your time.  It is only an introduction but could still help someone out there fighting an index performance problem. If you’re … Continue reading

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SCVMM 2012 is changing the game!

There are some major upgrades coming to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.  Paul did a good summary write up here.  Hyper-V 2012 is also going to get some major improvements that will put it far ahead of VMWare.  Check … Continue reading

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SkyDrive Preview for Windows

The preview of the SkyDrive tool for Windows is now available!  Much easier to work with.  Finally!

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Microsoft Surface Announced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just announced!  Microsoft Surface Tablet. 16:9, 1.5 lbs., magnesium case, 9.3 mm thick, beveled edges, full sized USB 2.0 port, Win8, works for all games in the new Windows Store, built in stand, display is 10.3 inches, Corning Gorilla Glass … Continue reading

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