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Violin Backed by Gibber

As a developer, do you frequently find yourself longing for a backup band to your melodic instrument? If this sounds like you (or, even if it doesn’t), check this out: The Gibber code // Roland...

Microsoft Windows: Update Chocolatey, Atom, npm, and RubyGems packages cmd Script

Looking for a way to update various packages in your Windows environment? Use the script below running as Administrator (Administrator is needed for Chocolatey, at least), editing as necessary for ...

IEMs and Headphones for Developer Use

You may have seen this before: This is why you shouldn't interrupt a programmer: http://t.co/K2dNXKzjem— Jason Heeris (@detly) October 28, 2013 Flow state is important for developers –...

Integrating Google Chrome With KeePass Using chromeIPass and KeePassHttp

Having browser integration with KeePass can be helpful, and can be accomplished with Google Chrome using KeePassHttp and chromeIPass. Here’s how: Install KeePassHttp You can install KeePassHttp ...

Once Per Test Run: Using the Azure Storage Emulator with xUnit.net v2

If you’re using the Azure Storage Emulator as part of a suite of integration tests using xUnit.net v2, ideally you start and stop the emulator only once per test run. With xUnit.net v2, you can acc...

Starting, Stopping, and Clearing the Azure Storage Emulator in C#

If you’re writing code that uses Microsoft Azure Storage blobs, tables, or queues, you can use the storage emulator on Windows for local development – rather than relying on the cloud while develop...

Displaying DateTime in Browser Time Zone in ASP.NET Razor Views

In some applications, it’s important to display date and time information in the user’s expected time zone. One option is storing time zone preference information as part of a user’s account inform...

Sending Silverpop Transact XML Messages with C#

Silverpop is an marketing service that includes email marketing – both for sending normal email campaign messages, as well as sending transactional emails. This transactional emailing is referred t...

Trimming Down the Visual Studio 2013 UI

Here’s Visual Studio Community 2013 General settings defaults: If you want to simplify the UI, it’s possible to turn it into this: Instructions Here’s how to achieve the trimmed down screens...

2014: A Personal Recap

I’ve had a great year with some great accomplishments, including: Started speaking in public! I delivered a talk at NYC Code Camp, two at Harrisburg .Net Code Camp, and one at BarCamp Harrisbur...