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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...

Assemblies Go Missing in MVC 2 Project! by Ken Cox [MVP]

Sometimes, my MVC 2 project fails during development because an assembly has disappeared from the /bin folder. I have no idea what gremlin is messing with my project, but I wish it would stop! For quite a while, AntiXssLibrary.dll was the target. In the...

Deleting a Project From TFS.visualstudio.com by Ken Cox [MVP]

I really appreciate having the online Team Foundation Service ( http://tfs.visualstudio.com/ ) as free source control for my personal projects. It has saved my bacon more than once when I’ve needed to roll back my code to a known good point, regroup,...

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...

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...

Hate That Gray? Wash It Away! Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor by Ken Cox [MVP]

Microsoft’s Matthew Johnson has updated his excellent free tool. http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/366ad100-0003-4c9a-81a8-337d4e7ace05 Once we repair the cosmetics, Visual Studio 2012 is going to be very good indeed. Is there an icon editor...

Repairing The Visual Studio 2012 UI by Ken Cox [MVP]

I have sympathy for ‘Softies who don’t like the controversial ‘Metro’ UI changes but are afraid to say so. After all, who wants to commit a CLM (Career-Limiting Move) by declaring that the Emperor has no clothes (or gradients) and that ALL CAPS IN MENUS...

A Small World in ASP.NET–NimblePros Acquired by Telerik by Ken Cox [MVP]

A few weeks ago, fellow ASPInsider Steve Smith of NimblePros passed a client to me. It’s a part-time “tweaks and maintenance” gig for a small startup. I was quite happy to take this on. I’m mostly retired and no longer work fulltime but still want to...

Not Happy With the Monochrome Visual Studio 11 Beta UI by Ken Cox [MVP]

I can’t wait for a third-party to come out with tools to return some colour to the flat, monochrome look of Visual Studio 11 (beta). What bugs me most are the icons. I feel like a newbie when I have to squint and analyze the shape of icons on the debugging...

Fix: 'Unable to load one or more of the requested types' Errors by Ken Cox [MVP]

A long time ago, I reported on an intermittent ‘Could not load file or assembly‘ bug where ASP.NET 4 was encountering a bizarre error on start-up in System.Reflection.RuntimeModule.GetTypes(RuntimeModule module). I neglected to post a follow-up here....
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