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EntityDataSource control for Entity Framework 6 Preview by Ken Cox [MVP]

It took a while but we now have a preview version of the EntityDataSource control for Entity Framework 6. This will really help those of us who want to move ASP.NET 3.5 sites to a later version of the framework without going back over those legacy (but...

Explained: EF 6 and “Could not determine storage version; a valid storage connection or a version hint is required.” by Ken Cox [MVP]

I have a legacy ASP.NET 3.5 web site that I’ve upgraded to a .NET 4 web application. At the same time, I upgraded to Entity Framework 6. Suddenly one of the pages returned the following error: [ArgumentException: Could not determine storage version; a...

Creating a SQL Azure Database Should be Easier by Ken Cox [MVP]

Every time I try to create a database + tables + data for Windows Azure SQL I get errors.  One of them is 'Filegroup reference and partitioning scheme' is not supported in this version of SQL Server.' It’s partly due to my poor memory (since I’ve...

Entity Framework Code First–Magic SQL Tool by Ken Cox [MVP]

Having written the plain old  classes (POCO) for my latest Web application, I wasn’t looking forward to creating the corresponding tables in SQL Server. I’m not a database guy really. Just a guy who needs to use databases.   Faced with a lot...

Are Software Development and IT Careers Doomed in North America? by Ken Cox [MVP]

In the Internet age, a developer can work from anywhere. I do off-site consulting work from my lakefront home in Canada’s near North. However, as Canadians have learned this week, North American programming and support is increasingly done in India. Well...

Fix: Orchard Error ‘The controller for path '/OrchardLocal/' was not found or does not implement IController. by Ken Cox [MVP]

Suddenly, in a local Orchard 1.6 project, I started getting this error in ShellRoute.cs: The controller for path '/OrchardLocal/' was not found or does not implement IController. Obviously I had changed something, but the error wasn’t helping much. ...

Free Team Foundation Service a Boon for Play Projects by Ken Cox [MVP]

My ‘jump in and sink or swim’ learning style leads me to create dozens of unbillable ‘play’ projects in Visual Studio 2012.  For example, I’m currently learning to customize the powerful auction/fixed price/classifieds software called AuctionWorx...

Tell Visual Studio 2012 UI Designers What to Fix by Ken Cox [MVP]

If you hate the default interface themes in Visual Studio 2012 as much as I do, you have another outlet to vent. The UI designers have posted a survey where you can tell them how distracting and annoying you find the gray themes and black icons. You even...

Web Development Goes Pre-Visual InterDev by Ken Cox [MVP]

As a longtime and hardcore ASP.NET webforms developer, I’m finding the new client-side development world a bit of a grind.  I love learning new technologies, but I can’t help feeling we’ve regressed and lost our old RAD advantage as we move heavy...

An, Er, ‘Interesting’ Visual Studio 2012 Colour Theme by Ken Cox [MVP]

After confronting the pathetic, grayed-out appearance of Visual Studio 2012 RTM for a few hours, I craved my relaxing VS2010 themes. I recalled Matthew Johnson’s excellent Visual Studio Color Theme Editor and wondered if it might install on VS2012. No...
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