Category Archives: Visual Studio

Book Review: Practical Microsoft Visual Studio 2015

While the title of the book is “Practical Microsoft Visual Studio 2015”, the author, Peter Ritchie, outlines how you can using Microsoft Visual Studio to effectively develop software and lead a team. Peter covers, a quick walk through of Microsoft Visual Studio, how to work with teams, version control, design and architecture, development, deployments, and testing. Anyone getting started with Microsoft Visual Studio or even experienced engineers, architects and leaders can find stuff in this that is useful for their day to day tasks. The best part of this book is the way the author explains each topic in a simple way based on his 20 or so ( 🙂 ) years being in the software field.

Disclaimer: I was one of the technical reviewers of this book.

Visual Studio Online with Windows Azure MSDN benefit

I don’t know about you but when I watched the Visual Studio launch earlier this week I was really excited about some of the cool new features added. The first thing I wanted to try out was Visual Studio Online. I figured I have a Windows Azure account setup through my MSDN subscription so I’d be set.  Unfortunately, like most people found out when they tried to add their Visual Studio Online account they could not.  We were all getting this message…

You have no eligible Windows Azure subscriptions. To buy monthly user licenses or shared resources for your Visual Studio Online account, you’ll need another Windows Azure subscription.

I went to the Windows Azure account portal to make sure that I did have an active subscription, in fact I have two, but I still could not add or link my existing Visual Studio Online account.  I posted a message on one of the Windows Azure list and after a few hours some one pointed me to this forum post. This forum post explains why you can not add an Visual Studio Online account to an existing Windows Azure MSDN account.  It essentially boils down to billing.  The Windows Azure MSDN benefit has the ability to “cap” the spending in Windows Azure.  This does not work for Visual Studio Online. If you think about it, it makes sense. Do you not want to lose access to your source code because you hit your spending limit? Probably not.  In order to add your Visual Studio Online account you have to get create a Windows Azure “Pay as you Go” subscription.  Don’t worry, you get a bunch of the benefits free.

Within a Visual Studio Online account, you simply pay for user plans for the users who join your account and for resources that are shared amongst all users on the account. The first five users with the Basic plan and all eligible MSDN subscribers (Visual Studio Professional with MSDN and above) can join your account at no charge. Learn more about Visual Studio with MSDN.

Hopefully this helps.  My next post will talk about Adding Visual Studio Online to an Windows Azure MSDN benefit.

Visual Studio 2012–Update Issues

Yesterday I decided to re-pave my personal development machine because it was acting crazy.  Since Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 came out on that day, it was a no brainer for me to install Visual Studio 2012 and then apply Visual Studio 2012 Update 2.  All of the installations when fine until I tried applying the Visual Studio 2012 Update 2.  It keep on failing, and I mean like 15 times.  I tried running under administrative user, with / without anti virus, I tried downloading the “offline” version1.   However, NOTHING worked.  I kept getting an error reporting that the package vc_runtimeMinimum_x64 was failing.  I tried downloading the lasted version of it from Microsoft downloads but that did not work. After reading a couple of threads on the Visual Studio Setup and Installation forums and trying a few things I eventually got it to install. It did complain about a few different items not available but I did not have those products installed.

So what fixed, you asked? Windows Update!  More so I believe it was KB2781514 that did the trick. So you need to make sure your computer is totally update to date with the latest updates for this to work.

1 Run from the command line vs2012.2.exe /layout to download all of the files at once.

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