Visual Studio settings for "Track my active file in Solution Explorer" - a really useful setting to have enabled, if you ask me!

Tip: Scroll Solution Explorer to current file in Visual Studio 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017

This quick post describes how to get the Solution Explorer to actually track your currently open file. For some reason, this extremely useful feature is disabled by default in Visual Studio. Enabling it helps you to better conserve your context, and see which part of your solution you’re in, while you’re developing a complex piece of software. Give it a try, in case you haven’t already! It’s great and extremely useful! :) Posts Related to “Tip: Scroll Solution Explorer to current file in Visual Studio […]

Spatial SQL types

Solving the “Spatial types and functions are not available …” -problem

This page describes mutiple ways on how to fix the exception ‘Spatial types and functions are not available for this provider because the assembly ‘Microsoft.SqlServer.Types’ version 10 or higher could not be found.‘ which comes up during debugging or publishing your program, app or service using DbGeography. Symptoms While running a console program or perhaps installing an ASP.NET MVC website on a machine, where SQL Server (apart from the one that comes with the Visual Studio) has not been installed, you may encounter the following error: […]


Fixing the error: “Column XX in table dbo.YY is of a type that is invalid for use as a key column in an index.”

While using Entity Framework and code-first migrations, Entity Framework (EF) creates the indexes for you – but what if you need to create a custom one, explicitly based on certain field / column? Then you’ll have to tell EF which one to use as a key column. Usually, it’s easy – you just add the following annotation to the columns you’ll be using: [Index(“OfficialIds”, 1)] public int AreaId { get; set; } [Index(“OfficialIds”, 2)] public string EstateId { get; set; } (example stripped of extra code and other columns for clarity) And after adding the migration (Add-Migration… commandlet) you get […]

Entity Framework's Update-Database throwing an error

Fixing “An error occurred while updating the entries” while running code-first migrations in MVC 5 app

This post describes an issue with EF’s code-first migrations, when mapping between DB’s DateTime (datetime2) and C#’s DateTime simply fails, and results in the Update-Database cmdlet failing, too. It’s more or less a prime example of a situation, where the error itself tells very little about the actual issue, and since debugging code-first migrations is kind of difficult (see the best tips for that here!), it’s cumbersome to investigate. Symptoms So what’s the error that we’re running into, exactly? Below, you can find the most […]

Azure SQL Error

Fixing error “Cannot open server – – requested by the login. Client with IP address – – is not allowed to access the server.” in Azure deployments from Visual Studio

This article explains how to work your way around the exception ‘Cannot open server – requested by login…’ The issue is caused by Azure’s firewall logic, that might sometimes appear a little bit overzealous for simple development workloads, and might stop you from accessing your databases from your development machine. But just as everything else in Azure, the firewall exists for a reason, and working with it just requires a couple of extra clicks, is all. :) Symptoms Typically, you encounter this issue, when trying […]

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Using PowerShell to set ULS logging level to “extra verbose” to catch all the events in the logs

This blog post describes how set the SharePoint’s ULS level to “Extra Verbose” (VerboseEx) using PowerShell. This is not possible using the browser UI, so some POSH magic is required! Luckily, it’s quite straightforward, but to avoid filling your hard drive(s) with huge log files, you should reset the level when you’re done debugging! Description of the solution By default, ULS logging is somewhat non-detailed. This means that a lot of data that could be used to debug issues is omitted. The UI cannot be […]

SharePoint project properties

Visual Studio 2010 fails to show the design view of an aspx-page

This post is about solving the issue with Visual Studio 2010 failing to show the design view of an .aspx-page. Luckily, it’s an easy and pretty classical fix. Symptoms While trying to view or edit an aspx-page in design mode in Visual Studio 2010, the window is just plain empty and there’s little you can do about it – selecting view markup or hitting F7 may not do anything and restarting the Visual Studio doesn’t help. Solution The Design view requires connection to the SharePoint […]

Too long deployment path

Fixing error: “The specified path, file name, or both are too long. The fully qualified file name must be less than 260 characters, and the directory name must be less than 248 characters.”

This post describes a few different ways of fixing the error “The specified path, file name, or both are too long. The fully qualified file name must be less than 260 characters, and the directory name must be less than 248 characters.” one can get encounter this issue at least when trying to package/publish a SharePoint solution, web site or an Azure Webjob. Symptoms Visual Studio throws the following error when packaging a SharePoint solution to a .wsp file, OR when deploying or publishing your […]

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Identifying IE11 compatibility mode in SharePoint

In this post, I describe how you can figure out if IE11 (Internet Explorer 11) has jumped in the compatibility mode. You run into this requirement every now and then, when trying to figure out some SharePoint browser compatibility mess-up. This is quite frequent, because in compatibility mode IE does its best to screw up your CSS. Compatibility view now and before Microsoft has been pretty keen on introducing new ways to handle browser compatibility and make IE behave in even stranger ways that it […]

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Simplest way to create a thread on SharePoint

This post describes the (probably) easiest and most straightforward way of creating a new Thread in your SharePoint (or any other .NET) server-side / desktop code. Solution: how to create a new Thread Let’s face it – one should not create new Threads lightly when developing SharePoint solutions, but sometimes it’s difficult to avoid. Or sometimes it’s just the simplest way to get around weird framework limitations. Posts Related to “Simplest way to create a thread on SharePoint”:4 ways to enable Custom Scripts for a […]