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Create custom project templates for Visual Studio

You can use the ‘VSIX Project’ template to create a Visual Studio extension. This project type is installed as part of the Visual Studio SDK and you will need it to complete the exercise in this post.


SideWaffle Templates for Visual Studio 2012/2013

The SideWaffle extension, ( adds a bunch of useful Snippets, Project- and Item Templates to Visual Studio. The purpose is to make your daily work in Visual Studio a richer and more productive experience.


Simple REST and HTTP API Client for .NET

If you need to consume REST services on any of your projects, there is a very useful NuGet package I used recently known as RestSharp. It consolidates a lot of boilerplate code to get you up and running and offers a very concise API for doing any REST operations you need.


Visual Studio Shortcut to Attach to IISExpress

Looking for a way to quickly attach to the IISExpress process for your development?  In previous versions of Visual Studio, I used the ‘Macro’ feature to search for and attach to a process with the name iisexpress.exe.  I could then bind this to a keyboard shortcut (like F1).


My strategy for passing the Microsoft 70-515 Exam.

This guide covers the strategies and topics you’ll need to study for, and pass, the MSFT 70-515 exam.


The New Microsoft

Let’s put aside all the discussion of re-branding Microsoft to make them more hip and talk about the developer platform.  I may be stating the obvious here on what many have already witnessed at Microsoft over the past few years, but there appears to be a paradigm shift in the way the company is operating from a development standpoint. – Day 1

Today was the first day of a new developer conference in the midwest, thatConference.  It is taking place in the Wisconsin Dells @ Kalahari Resort (a very family friendly place).  Clark Sell, and Scott Seely have been the primary driving forces behind the conference, but it certainly has been a collective effort of many people.


Registering Membership, Roles, Personalization and Health Monitoring in Windows Azure

While attempting to setup the membership provider with the newly updated Windows Azure, I logically assumed I could use the default aspnet_regsql.exe console utility to specify my connection details to setup my Azure SQL database.


Back to blogging.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and I hope to change that. My son is over a year old, and I have a truckload of pictures I could post here, but I’ll save that for later. Also, I plan to post many more entries on programming. I hope this will add additional content to the site as well as attract a more developer focused community.