Using ligatures in your IDE

A couple of days ago I read a very cool blog post by Scott Hanselman about Monospaced Programming Fonts with Ligatures. I had never heard about the word ligatures, but he explains it quite well. They are ‘characters’ which are made up by combining multiple individual characters as one. Apparently this is quite common in the Arabic languages. Well, no matter, the thing that does matter is the fact you can use this inside your development environment also! Read more →

Starting with Azure Functions

Lately, I've been busy learning more about creating serverless solutions. Because my main interest lies within the Microsoft Azure stack I surely had to check out the Azure Functions offering. Azure Functions enable you to create a serverless solutions which are completely event-based. As it's located within the Azure space, you can integrate easily with all of the other Azure services, like for example the service bus, Cosmos DB, storage, but also external services like SendGrid and GitHub! Read more →

Using Application Insights in your log4net application

In my previous post I've described how to use Application Insights and use it within your new web application. Most of us aren't working in a greenfield project, so new solutions have to be integrated with the old. The project I'm working on uses log4net for logging messages, exceptions, etc. In order for us to use Application Insights, we had to search for a solution to integrate both. After having done some research on the subject we discovered this wasn't a big problem. Read more →

Adding Application Insights to your application

Some time ago the Application Insights became available as a preview in the Azure portal. Application Insights helps you monitor the state of an application, server, clients, etc. As said, it's still in preview, but it's rather stable and very easy to use and implement in your applications. The documentation is still being worked on, but with all the getting started guides on the Microsoft site you can kick start your project with it in a couple of minutes. Read more →

Black lines in the watch window

On some installations of Visual Studio 2010, 2012 or 2013 I'm confronted with strange behavior. One of these strange things are the black lines in the Watch Window of Visual Studio. Just like the screenshot below (this isn't my screenshot, I've ‘borrowed’ it from someone else) Normally this has something to do with the graphics driver, but updating these drivers doesn't work all the times. There's also a work around for this problem, described on the MSDN forum. Read more →