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Visual Studio Layout and Option Changes

Inspired by the short video by Mads Kristensen (part of a series conceived by Microsoft’s Misty Madonna)… I was inspired to update my Visual Studio layout for the first time in over ten years. What?! Ten years? Yes, for ten years I have installed Visual Studio, selected “Dark Theme”, and used it without adjustments. This […]

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Programming Visual Studio

Visual Studio Code IntelliCode Extension Preview

IntelliCode brings AI-assisted power-ups to your auto-completion. It has been in preview within Visual Studio for some time (you can read about Visual Studio IntelliCode here) – but it has now landed in Visual Studio Code, which is exceptionally handy if you’re a TypeScript programmer like me. So what is IntelliCode? It’s a simple VSCode […]

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Programming Visual Studio

Visual Studio IntelliCode

I have been writing C# code in Visual Studio since 2003. One of the big attractions of C# is the tooling. Visual Studio is awesome. Over the years I have worked in lots of IDEs and editors, but my go-to tools are Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. I don’t know who writes these tools, […]

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Programming Visual Studio

Exclude Files from the Visual Studio Code File Explorer

This is a quick note with an updated version on how to exclude files from the Visual Studio Code file explorer. I originally wrote about this in 2015 before the UI was as polished as it is now. I have also found I get asked about this a great deal due to conflicting information I […]

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Visual Studio Code Extension: Preview on Web Server

This is just a nod to the handy little Visual Studio Code Extension: Preview on Web Server. Now you can configure a task, or run a command, or set up a local web server yourself… but why not just install this extension and then just hit CTRL + SHIFT + L to load the web […]

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Programming Visual Studio

SpecFlow Living Documentation VSTS Extension

SpecFlow is the defacto BDD tool for .NET programmers – and if you are using both SpecFlow and Visual Studio Team Services then this article is for you. There is a new VSTS extension called SpecFlow+LivingDoc that provides a simple build task that will generate documentation from your feature files. Here is a quick run-down […]

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Automation Visual Studio

Update Work Items with Build Number During vNext Builds

In the days of XAML Builds in TFS, the build would rather handily update the work item with the appropriate “Integration Build” value… so you knew which release would include your fix. Happy days. Along came vNext builds in TFS / Visual Studio Online / Visual Studio Team Services, which solved all of the pain […]

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Visual Studio

Open Visual Studio With Source Control Explorer Open

If you find yourself constantly opening Source Control Explorer, you may want to use this handy shortcut to opening Visual Studio with the Source Control Explorer open, instead of the Start Page. Open the properties for your Visual Studio shortcut and change this: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe” And change it by adding the […]

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Process Visual Studio

Custom States Break Population of Work Item Closed Date

UPDATE: Derrick Fu, the VSTS Program Manager has sent a quick update and it looks like this one is on the radar for the VSTS team: “This is a known issue when transitioning from a custom state to Closed. We have plans to address this with our next iteration of states customization. You can keep […]

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Combining VSTS Work Item States and Alerts

Visual Studio Team Services recently got custom states for work items. The simplest way to use this new feature is to create a custom state for each column on your Kanban board (previously, tasks had to be “Committed” all the way through the board). This feature makes it even easier to set up custom alerts […]