Category: Dev Tools

Google knows about TFS merge tool


Neo4j basics

Here’s a fantastic video covering the basics of the Neo4j Graph database being used from .NET, including a primer on Graph databases.  He shows how he built a ASP.NET MVC app, with a Neo4j backend, all running in Azure. This isn’t in POC; it’s a production system. Also, unlike most graph DB talks, it’s not a social network!

I love the cypher syntax,

Match me –[:LIKES]->activity<-[:LIKES]-person

Beyond fluent, it’s a pictorial language where you just draw arrows to represent a query.  Amazing.

Tatham Oddie – Neo4j in a .NET world from NDC Conferences on Vimeo.

How to get rid of double-quote typing issue in Visual Studio

After installing a recent version of Visual Studio, pressing the shift-quote doesn’t type a double quote until you hit it a second time, at which point two double quotes are typed.  Here’s how to be able to type a single double-quote like a normal person with each key press.

How to fix: In Visual Studio, go to TOOLS –> Options –> Environment –> International Settings, change the Language to “Same as Microsoft Windows”.  Hit ok and restart Visual Studio.

Make sure your Windows settings are set correctly: Control Panel –> Region and Language –> Keyboards and Languages –> Change Keyboards…   Set Default Input Language to “English (United States) – US” (Not “English (United States) – United States-International”) .  Hit ok and restart Visual Studio.

Scrum Backlog Grooming

Scrum doesn’t have an explicit prescription for backlog grooming, but those of us who’ve practiced Scrum know that it’s needed.  This video illustrates some scenarios that come up in grooming sessions and has answers in useful language other than “No”.

Resharper 8 Cheatsheet

I’ve found this cheatsheet to be the best way to learn all the secret shortcuts in Resharper that really help to speed up development in Visual Studio and make life easier.  For months I had it pinned to my cube wall until I used them so much they’re muscle memory.

I’ve been using Resharper since way back and I also use their other dev products like IntelliJ so I use the Resharper 2.x/IntelliJ scheme:

You can also use their Visual Studio style scheme:

If you want to change your shortcut scheme (or you aren’t sure what it’s set to), in the Visual Studio top menu go to Resharper –> Options –> Keyboard & Menus, then select “Visual Studio” or “Resharper 2.x or IntelliJ IDEA” and Apply Scheme and Save.  Then hit a shortcut like Ctrl+Shift+N and a menu pops up saying there’s a conflict in shortcuts and asks which scheme do you want to use.  Select “Visual Studio” or “Resharper 2.x or IntelliJ IDEA” and check the Apply to All.  You can switch to the other schema at any time.


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