My Visual Studio Style – It’s Modern not Metro


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If you’re looking for a twist on the Visual Studio 2012 dark theme text styling, check out the Visual Studio Style I created.  It’s called “It’s Modern not Metro”.  It is based on another theme I have used for a long time called “Metro 8”.  I finally got tired of the way it styled XML […]

Visual Studio 2012 / 2013 / 2015 Update 1 2 3 4 Offline Installer


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Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 was released about a week ago.  This update includes lots of fixes and some features – you can see the list here.  The only problem with the update is that Microsoft does not offer an offline installer.  If you are installing this on your own PC or for one person, […]

Use reflection to take advantage of Windows Phone 8 tiles on Windows Phone 7


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Now that Windows Phone 8 is released the first thing you want to do as an app developer is update your app to Windows Phone 8, right?  Wrong.  My recommendation is to only update to your application to Windows Phone 8 if you need to take advantage of Windows Phone 8 features.  Some of these you can do without upgrading […]

Remote Debugging With Visual Studio 2012 and a Surface


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So you just got your Surface and it’s all personalized, sync’d, app’d up, and ready to debug your Windows Store app?  But wait, everyone tells you that you can’t install anything outside of the Windows Store on this device since it’s an ARM based PC, and the Visual Studio Remote Debugging client doesn’t come pre-installed…  myth […]