Microsoft Technical Guru – April 2017

The TechNet Guru April 2017 Winners have been announced.

For this round I received a Bronze medal in the Microsoft Azure category for my article Deploying a Bitbucket repo to Azure App Service.

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Visual Studio Marketplace replaces Visual Studio Gallery

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The destination for Visual Studio extensions (an installable unit that brings additional features to Visual Studio) has been the Visual Studio Gallery for a very long time. However, over the past few months, this has changed as the Visual Studio Marketplace has become the new home of every extension for the entire Visual Studio Product Family.

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Microsoft Technical Guru – December 2016

The TechNet Guru December 2016 Winners have been announced.

This time I won a Bronze medal in the Microsoft Azure category for my article Understanding the Azure App Service Editor.

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Checking compatibility with .NET Portability Analyzer

This article is also available on the Microsoft TechNet Wiki.

With multiple project types now available in Visual Studio, it can sometimes get confusing which flavours of .NET work with which frameworks. This can now be compounded with .NET Core. Thus, creating code that is reusable means you need to take all factors into consideration so you can get maximum portability. Luckily, there is a tool that can help you port your .NET projects.

The Microsoft .NET Portability Analyzer is a free Visual Studio Add-in that offers a detailed report on the flexibility of your code. The report gives you an idea of how much work you need to do to make your application, library or project workable on other platforms, including .NET Core.

In this article, we will see how to install, set up and run the tool so we can see the detailed report it generates.

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Visual Studio’s Most Recently Used List

This article is also available on the Microsoft TechNet Wiki.

When presenting with Visual Studio at a conference, or if you want to share something with a client, you might not want to show all of your previous projects. To remedy this, Microsoft allows you to collapse and extend your Most Recently Used (MRU) list within Visual Studio 2015.

The default number of projects and files shown in Visual Studio 2015 is 10. If you are working on a large project, you can extend this number and if you want to see a smaller number of files, you can reduce it. As well, if you are presenting you can also set the number to zero to show no earlier items.

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Understanding the Azure App Service Editor

This article is also available on the Microsoft TechNet Wiki.

This article won a bronze medal in The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (December 2016).

Azure App Service Editor is a new tool in Microsoft Azure. It is now available in preview in the Azure Portal.

The App Service Editor was formerly known as Visual Studio Online (Monaco). The tool provides a web-based editor for Azure Web Apps (previously Azure Web Sites). This allows you to make quick edits to your sites without having to open an IDE.

This article looks back on how to edit a web app with older technology (Kudu) and how to use the preview version of App Service Editor to make edits to your sites.

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More zombie process destroying scripts

Kill Your Zombie Process I wrote an article a few months back entitled Killing zombie Google Chrome processes. In the post, I talk about the fact Google Chrome can spin off multiple processes during a browsing session. When you close the browser window sometimes Chrome can leave behind several zombie processes in the Windows Task Manager.

Within the article, I presented two ways to solve this problem. I showed a PowerShell command and I also mentioned a fix through a batch script I created. I uploaded a copy of the Stop Google Chrome Processes batch script file to the TechNet Gallery.

Since then, I have created a similar batch file for other web browsers including Firefox, Explorer, Edge and Opera. All can be downloaded from the TechNet Gallery via the links below.