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.

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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Yet another nice new feature in .Net 4.5 (beta)

How many times have you written Trace code and used MethodBase.GetCurrentMethod() or the Exception.TargetSite or the StackTrace in that code to get the method name or better yet, tried to get the line number.  Well, they’ve made that much easier … Continue reading

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(Not so much) fun with Rhino Mocks

After creating some unit tests, I ran into a problem where the TestInitialization method was failing with either one of two errors. The test initialization was performing something similar to: [TestInitialize] public void Initialize() { myMock = MockRepository.GenerateMock<IMyInterface>(); myMock.Stub(m => … Continue reading

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Visual Studio 11 Beta–Holy Smokes Batman!!

Visual Studio 11 Beta and .Net 4.5 Beta became available on February 29th.  Some where expecting the normal incremental updates and improvements but the VS and .Net team appear set to knock this one totally out of the ball park!  … Continue reading

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Decompiling .Net

As many of you know, our beloved tool .Net Reflector was bought by RedGate and is no longer free.  The last free version is showing it’s age.  Enter Telerik to the rescue.  They are providing a FREE .Net Decompiler!  And … Continue reading

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Building services in Visual Studio

When we’re building WCF services, we often want to debug our code.  Creating a harness to host our service is easy enough but I’ve seen people open two instances of Visual Studio to do this.  One to host and one … Continue reading

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Audio and Video in HTML5

Script Junkie delivers another good post about using the <audio/> tag in HTML5.  I really liked the table showing what codecs are supported in each browser.  Thanks Emily! Happy Coding!

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