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I always run Visual Studio in Administrator mode, as outlined in a blog post from 2016 titled Running Visual Studio as Administrator. This is fine in most circumstances, but it can be a pain trying to access network drives when running as Administrator. I recently had a Console App for example which accessed documents on […]

I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the recent NHS cyber attack in the news, where the PC’s in many businesses worldwide, including many NHS sites, were shut down by the WannaCry ransomwhere. What has got my attention is the sheer amount of rubbish being spoken in the media, not helped by the fact […]

I have user account control turned off on my development machine and also run Visual Studio as administrator by having the shortcut on my task bar, right clicking, right clicking Visual Studio choosing properties and then clicking Advanced on the Shortcut tab. However, in Windows 10/Visual Studio 2015, I have discovered the problem when developing […]

With the advent of Agile techniques, thankfully companies that try to control every aspect of a software project in order to measure progress are becoming a thing of the past, thankfully far fewer than twenty or thirty years ago when I started as a software developer. I blogged about the dangers of tight control a […]

Should you aim for 100% code coverage on Test Driven Development (TDD) projects? My view is that for TDD projects, only the business logic layer should be under TDD, not every line of code in every layer. This way it gives you maximum benefit developing the core unique thing you are developing, and lets the […]

I was watching an introductory video on ASP.NET 5 and MVC 6 from Jon Galloway of Microsoft on ASP.NET 5. One of the things he talks about is the new performance benchmarking suite for ASP.NET 5, which on a simple response.write test shows that ASP.NET 5 using Kestrel rather than IIS is 10 times faster […]

My Windows 10 Upgrade History On Nov 1, 2015, I tried to upgrade my laptop to Windows 10. This was a bad experience, when it had upgraded I didn’t have a start menu or an App Store, so I reverted back. See this link to the original article about my Windows 10 upgrade experience. I […]

As I explained back in January when I purchased my first 4k screen and blogged about it then with 4k Screen, Developer for the User Of, a developer cannot have enough screen space and also real desk space to work with. I have retained a 1920 x 1200 screen in order to focus on one […]

I have a Dell Precision laptop with 16Gb of RAM, dual Samsung SSDs in RAID configuration and a Core i7 processor. I tried it as my main development machine once with a Matrox DualHeadToGo fitted, but I now have a more powerful development machine with 32Gb of RAM (two actually – one for admin and […]

Now for something a bit more controversial. I read a post on LinkedIn recently which appears to originate from an Indian developer. Quite a discussion. Its at: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/2139884-5990522670213586945 I’m an experienced developer, and I’m totally a fan of Agile. Agile is about communication Agile is about learning as you work Agile is about working closely […]

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