[NoBrainer] Simplifying Sparx Enterprise Architect Development with C# Interactive (CSI)


Developing an AddIn for Sparx Enterprise Architect is tedious, even with the existence of support such as the great work of Geert Bellekens. However, since Visual Studio 2015 we can use the C# Interactive Console which allows us to fire up an instance of Enterprise Architect and test our code interactively before putting it into […]

WPF Series -1- Project Setup

Before starting development we first had to set up a new WPF project. The projects target framework is .NET Framework 4.6.2 and we used Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2015 as IDE. In this post I’ll quickly go through the necessary steps for setting up a WPF project at d-fens. Source Code Repository Creation For version […]

Install Log4Net on UWP Application

As I was working on a project, I had to check if we can use Log4Net for an UWP Application which will run on a Windows 10 IoT device. For setting up the UWP Application, I used Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition. In the new project dialog I chose Blank App (Universal Windows) and used […]

[HOWTO] Create LocalDB File (.mdf) manually in Visual Studio 2015

If you are using LocalDB and want to create an empty database you should perform the following steps. Go to Visual Studio Server Explorer | Data Connections Select Add Connection from the context menu Change Data Source to Microsoft SQL Server Database File (i.e. LocalDB) Set the Database file name by entering a database name […]

[NoBrainer] Invoke-Pester from your Visual Studio IDE as an External Tool

You might have heard of the recently added support for PowerShell development inside Visual Studio. This extension provides several features, with support for the Pester testing framework being one of them. However, it seems that sometimes the Visual Studio 2013 just does not recognise your test scripts (even when they are named like SomeScript.Tests.ps1). As […]

[NoBrainer] Running PowerShell from VisualStudio Post-Build Events with 64bit Snapins

Today I was playing with TFS Power Tools to check in some PowerShell scripts where I ran into a strange error. Obviously I wanted to use the PowerShell Cmdlets for that you can select via the ‘Custom’ option in the ‘Power Tools’ installer … For a quick intro on TFS via PowerShell you can have […]