Friday, June 24, 2011


Improving SQL Server Management Studio’s Tabs

I saw this post by Brent Ozar, Fixing SQL Server Management Studio’s Tab Text, and immediately made the changes whilst face palming myself and going “D’oh!” at the same time. 

What are the improvements? First, the status bar is moved to the top of the tabbed window space, where your eyes are normally focused. Second it removes the server name, database name and login (which are all in the status bar anyway) from each tab title so that you can actually navigate around the tabs!

It’s been a constant source of frustration over many years of using SSMS, and I feel chastised for not investigating the options before. Nice one Brent!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


MVC Mini Profiler

If you are working with ASP.NET MVC 3 you might be interested in this project: the mvc-mini-profiler. It includes standard profiler timing output but also comprehensive database profiling capabilities.

MVC Mini Profiler was designed by the team at Stack Overflow, and is actively being used there to monitor the Stack Exchange family of sites.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Visual Studio 2010 Web Standards Update

Visual Studio 2010 Web Standards Update is a free extension available for anyone who is using Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and it provides HTML5 & CSS3 support based on current W3C specifications.

It supports:

  • HTML5 – Video, Audio, Input Type, Drag & Drop, WAI-ARIA, Microdata,
  • Browser API – GeoLocation & Local Storage
  • CSS3 – 2D Transforms, 3D Transforms, Animations, Background & Borders, Basic Box Model, Basic UI, Behaviour, Colour, Flexible Box Layout, Fonts, Paged Media, Hyperlink Presentation, Line, Lists, Marquee, Media Queries, Multi Column, Namespaces, Presentation Levels, Ruby, Selectors, Speech, Syntax, Template Layout, Text & Transitions. It also supports vendor specific prefixes like –ms, -webkit & -moz.

Note: This extension is created by a bunch of folks within Microsoft in their spare time. This is NOT an official Microsoft product

Scott Hanselman blogged about it here.

You can download here: Web Standards Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Who’s Your Product?

Love this quote, which sums up the model of companies like facebook, google etc.:

“If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold.”

Originally(?) appeared here and quoted many times since.


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