Fixing the “Could not load file or assembly … or one of its dependencies” error

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This post describes how to fix the “Could not load file or assembly ‘<assemblyname>’ or one of its dependencies. An attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format.” error. 

Problem

Especially while installing a new dev machine, and building your project for the first time, you may end up getting the following exception:

No fear, though, as this is usually easily fixed. In quite a few cases, it’s simply a mismatch between architectures and easily changed.

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Launching a new debugger instance from code in Visual Studio

Sequence contains more than one element

This post describes a quick solution to launching a new Visual Studio instance for debugging the code. Where I’ve found this exceptionally useful, has been in debugging code-first migration’s (one of the ways for database initialiation in .NET) Seed-method. It is by default undebuggable, as when you are running Update-Database you can’t really use a -debug switch or anything, and there’s really no way to launch the debugger. Hence the best you can do is using -verbose to get more information.

However, if you actually want to see what is happening in the code, here’s the solution.

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Exception of type ‘System.OutOfMemoryException’ was thrown.

IIS8

This post describes one of the more no-brainerish ways of fixing a ‘System.OutOfMemoryException’ exceptions being thrown in your MVC ASP.Net application using Entity Framework.

Problem

While developing a web project, for example ASP.NET MVC with EF, sometimes when handling a lot of data or complex entities on your dev machine, you encounter this error:

Reason

By default, Visual Studio uses 32-bit version of IIS Express for your deployments. In case you know what you’re doing, it’s safe and easy to change this, though.

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Fixed: Cannot use JSX unless the ‘–jsx’ flag is provided

Typescript & React.JS

This blog post is about fixing issues related to building a project with TypeScript files. Basically, if your jsx or tsx -files are not getting built to js-files (which is what the browser understands) in Visual Studio’s build, this post might solve the issue for you.

Description

While converting a project using React.js to TypeScript (and, hence, to use .ts and .tsx files instead of .js and .jsx) I stumbled upon this error:

The project would not build a .tsx-file with ReactDOM.render(…) in it. This is a huge issue, of course, as my JavaScript-files would not update during the deployment. This means, that all of the code in TypeScript and React is not ran in the browser.

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

Visual Studio settings

I always want the Visual Studio Solution Explorer to show me the context where I work at – kind of follow me around while I jump from file to file. This behavior is built-in, but off by default, and also probably disabled after installing some new extensions. Here’s how you can re-enable it:

Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions -> “Track Active Item in Solution Explorer”

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.

Too long deployment path

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 when trying to package/publish a SharePoint solution, web site or Azure Webjob.

UPDATE 11.4.2016: I actually got this nasty exception on another occasion (Azure webjob publish), so I updated the text accordingly.

Symptoms

Visual Studio throws the following error when packaging a SharePoint solution to a .wsp file, OR when deploying or publishing your web project (for example Azure Webjob).

 

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