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The easiest way to debug Seed-method in Code-first migrations in Entity Framework

This post describes the easiest way to debug the issues that may stop your Seed-method in Configuration.cs from going through. This problem concerns typically your ASP.NET MVC projects, either on .NET Framework or .NET Core – the same basic idea should work for both situations. The solution here shows you, how you can get a little bit more information out of the process, without attaching the debugger (there’s another blog…Continue reading The easiest way to debug Seed-method in Code-first migrations in Entity Framework

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

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.  The solution described in this post shows you how to resolve the issue when you’re deploying from Visual Studio but get an error somewhat like the above when deploying to IIS or when opening your website after the…Continue reading Fixing the “Could not load file or assembly or one of its dependencies” error

Applying Entity Framework’s Code-First Migrations against a Database in Azure by running Update-Database

This post describes how to run Entity Framework’s code-first migrations against a database located in Windows Azure. This is done by running the Update-Database commandlet with suitable switches, see below. The problem and symptoms Okay, so you’re developing your MVC+EF cool web app with a database in Azure, and you’re using code-first migrations. Cool! What’s nice with code-first-migrations is the fact they are run automatically even in the cloud the…Continue reading Applying Entity Framework’s Code-First Migrations against a Database in Azure by running Update-Database

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Exception of type ‘System.OutOfMemoryException’ was thrown.

This post describes one of the more no-brainerish ways of fixing a ‘System.OutOfMemoryException’ exception being thrown in your ASP.Net MVC application using C# and Entity Framework. Problem While developing a web project, for example, an ASP.NET MVC web application that is using EF, sometimes when handling a lot of data or complex entities on your dev machine, you encounter this error: This of course blocks you from debugging or even…Continue reading Exception of type ‘System.OutOfMemoryException’ was thrown.

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

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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, which 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…Continue reading 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

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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 Whilst trying to view or edit an aspx-page in design mode within 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…Continue reading Visual Studio 2010 fails to show the design view of an aspx-page

Too long deployment path

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.”

This post describes a few different ways of fixing the “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.” error. One can encounter this issue when trying to package/publish a SharePoint solution, web site, or an Azure Webjob. Symptoms Visual Studio throws the following error when packaging a…Continue reading 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.”

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Attaching the Visual Studio debugger to the right IIS worker process

Every now and then comes the time when you’d actually need to debug something, and then you’ll likely be using your Visual Studio to attach the debugger to one or more processes. Using CKSDev to attach to all IIS worker processes (w3wp.exe), or if you don’t use CKSDev, just pressing ctrl+p and selecting the processes from the list, is often a good enough solution. However, sometimes that makes your dev…Continue reading Attaching the Visual Studio debugger to the right IIS worker process