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  • Check out and Check in files hosted in VS online account using VS Community edition

    In the previous post I showed you how to add a newly created file to the  source control and in this post I will be discussing about the check out and check in process from the IDE.

    Checking out files

    To check out the file, you need to right click on the file in the Solution explorer to bring up the context menu where you will find the option for checking out the file.

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    When you click on the Check out for Edit menu item, you will be presented with a dialog box which will have two option, the first one will retain an exclusive lock after the check out and prevent others from check in. The second one will allow other users to check out the file but won’t be able to check in their changes until the the one who has the lock check in the file. I am going to select the first one which is also the recommended option.

    Once the operation is completed you will be free to make any changes in the code and save the files locally. When you are done with the editing we can see how the files can be checked in to the source control.

  • How to add Read More link for your post in the summary page in Orchard Blog

    Whenever you create a blog post in Orchard you don't need to show the full content in the home page or in the summary page for posts. By default Orchard will strip all the markups and show only the first 200 characters in the summary.

    First, let's find out how Orchard handles this with the help of Designer Tools. If you are using Orchard 1.7 or higher then this module comes with default and don't try to install it because you may run into compatiblity issues. For those with older version you can install them from the Modules section. You need to enable Shape Tracing which will be disabled by default after installation and can be done from Modules as shown below

    Categories: C#, Orchard

  • Adding files to Visual Studio Online using VS 2013 Community edition

    In this post I will show you how to add the newly created files to the repository, in this case Visual Studio online account we had created in the earlier post which you can refer here.

    In the blank solution we had created earlier and I have added one project and some files to it. The newly added files can be identified by the + plus appearing next to the filename in the solution explorer.

    You may wonder that, why are you getting the red lines appearing under the solution/project/file name in your solution explorer. That’s because I have installed an extention know as the productivity tools for Visual Studio , which will show these lines if it contains any sort of build errors during the editing phase itself. One of the main reason that I shifted to the community edition from the express edition is that it supports most the features like these found in the paid versions. If you are interested in these type of tools, you can to the site here and download it.

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  • To exclude commented code when using Find and Replace in Visual Studio

     

    You can use regex along with the search term as  given below

    ^(?![ \t]*((\/\/)|(\/\*))).*your_search_term

    and don’t forget to check the Use Regular Expression option in the Find dialog box.

     

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  • Hosting your first project in Visual Studio Online and Getting started with Visual Studio 2013 Communtiy edition

    During last week’s Connect event, Microsoft surprised us with a lot announcements such as moving up more and more things to open source, plans to make ASP.NET cross-platform and a free edition of a Visual Studio named Visual Studio Community 2013. Unlike the express versions for all the flavours such as web, desktop we have till now, the Community edition is a full featured edition of Visual Studio with curbs on use for enterprise development. It supports features like extensions which was sorely missed in the express edition and is perfectly suitable for developers like me and small business houses. Till now we have to use different incarnation of express editions of Visual Studio if you are not using their paid tools, but in community edition we are able to develop application for Web, Windows, Phone, Cloud, iOS, etc.  If you interested then you can go here to read more on this and click here to go to the download page.

    Another great free service from Microsoft is Visual Studio Online, which leverages the capabilities of Team Foundation Server and can be used as the repository for all your development projects. If comes with support for five users in the free tier, supports various editors such as Eclipse, Xcode and of course Visual Studio. Please go through this link to know more about the service.

    In this post I am going to show how can we host and mange a project created in VS 2013 Community edition in Visual Studio Online right from the IDE itself.

    Step 1

    Create an account with Microsoft account at https://app.vssps.visualstudio.com and follow the steps mentioned in the screenshots.

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  • Model First Development Using EF 5.0 – Updating the Model

    In my earlier post, Getting started with Model First development using EF, I have shown you to create a database from the model class and how to persist the data to the database. In the second part of the series, I am going to show how the changes made to the underlying database can be reflected in the model class.

     

    So let’s try to add a column to our user table.

    ALTER TABLE MT_USER
    ADD Gender Varchar(5)

     

  • Creating apps with redesigned App Studio

    Recently Microsoft has updated App Studio with redesigned UI, a rebuilt emulator, image conversion and more templates. Also the site has become more touch friendly which enables you to design and create app from your touch first devices like phone, phablet, tablet etc. With this changes there are some variations made to the workflow from the earlier one and with this post I am going to help you in creating apps using the new interface.

     

    When you login to the refurbished website for the first time, all your apps will be automatically regenerated so that all the apps confronts to the changes made to the website and your new dashboard will be like the image given below.

     

     

     

    For creating a new project, click on the Create New Project link and you will be redirected to the template page, where you will have the option to select a pre-defined template or an empty template using which you can start from the scratch.

     

     

     

  • Getting Strated with Model First Development using Entity Framework.

    What is Model First ?

     

    In Model First approach you will create a model of your domain entity using the EF designer and then generate database schema based on it. It stores the meta data in a EDMX file and model classes that interact with our business objects are automatically created from this EDMX file.

    Let’s create a small console application for demonstrating this approach and name the project as EFModelFirst.

     

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    I am using VS 2012 and with EF 5.0.0 which can be downloaded from nugget using the command in your package manager console as shown below.

     

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  • Creating WP Apps Using App Studio

    App Studio is a great offering from Microsoft which let you to create a Windows Phone app in quick time and that too without writing a single line of code. It lets you to create create apps using the available templates in the site and also enables you to download the auto generated source code, if you want to take it up further.

  • Connecting SkyDrive with your Windows Phone 8 App

    Continuing with my on going series of posts on Windows Phone app development, I will help you to integrate SkyDrive in your app with this post. I will be explaining the steps using an app of mine which I had released some time ago and now is in the process of updating it with voice commands support and cloud storage. In my earlier two posts I had explained the steps that are needed for implementing voice commands and speech-to-text input.

    To start with you need to create an app with Live Connect Developer Center for connecting SkyDrive with your apps. It acts as a one stop location forall the apps which needs to connect to SkyDrive, Outlook.com and Skype. Go to My Apps section from the dashboard and click on the Create Application link and you will be presented with a page like the one given below.

     

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