Vista - running programs with an elevated command prompt

I just ran into an problem with installing a program on my Vista machine. That particular program needed to be installed from “an elevated command prompt”. That is; a command prompt running as administrator.

There are a number of ways to do this and they are all covered here. That article talks about how to run the command prompt in an elevated mode and my favorite trick is to:

  • type CMD in Start->Run…
  • hit CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER - which is the shortcut to run things as administrator
  • Viola! - you’re running as admin ;)
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ReSharper and the messed up Intellisense

Let me at the start of the post first say that I love ReSharper. It is by far the best refactoring support that can be found for VB.NET. I haven’t yet used it for C# but are told but esteemed colleague that it rocks.

But… (there is always a but isn’t it?) it messes up the Intellisense in my Visual Studio. The same colleague (kudos to Jocke) tipped me on how to solve it and here it is;

Open the options for ReSharper and choose Intellisens->General->Use Visual Studio. This will not give you as much support for “Smart Completion” but I’ll take that over missing Intellisense everyday in the week, and twice on Sundays.

Next - open the Visual Studio options and recheck that you have Intellisense enabled for are your languages.

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Oracle and .NET - start here

I’ve actually managed to avoid using Oracle through my now 10 years as a consultant. Up to now - and now I am really looking forward to it.

Here are some starters that I’ve found useful as introductions:

My… that was not a very long list. I promise to update it as I read…

**[UPDATED] **The list is a bit longer now… Still not impressive though

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Weekend over - let's rest

This weekend was one of the hectic I’ve been through in a long time. But in retrospective also one of the most exciting and rewarding.

Going backwards;

  • Yesterday night we played a musical service at the Temple in Stockholm. Quite a good turnout with people - and many of the performances were the best during the complete rehearsal period.
  • Before that - photo session with the Vasa Band for our CD - Priority. That was very fun and I hope and think that the pictures will be nice
  • During the afternoon we went to Abbes first children birthday party. Viola turned 1 year!
  • The Sunday started with our prayer group being in charge of the Sunday morning meeting. Abbes has got a small cold so I wasn’t present for the whole meeting but it felt alright until I left.
  • The Saturday was entirely devoted for...
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Process Explorer - a good tool

This is probably old news for many of you but today I had great use of the Process Explorer tool.

With it you can get detailed information of all the processes running on the computer and the DLL’s they are using. Also you can go the other way around; from a DLL find all processes that is using it.

We used it today to solve the age-old problem; “The file cannot be deleted because it being used by another process” - WHICH PROCESS?!!

Now you can solve that problem.

Oh yes - that’s right; thank you Fredrik for this great tip!

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Commenting the Stockholm Marathon

This weekend one of the biggest sports events in Sweden will take place in Stockholm - the Stockholm Marathon.

This year the only organisation that is allowed, offically, around the course is the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army in Sweden has decided to make an effort to raise money for water tanks for schools in Kenya.

The Vasa band, the band of my corps, will be playing at Odenplan during the day. Also the Source Of Joy gospel choir will be there.  

I have promised to speak during the day - and keep the day going. It will be great fun -but quite challenging also - we will go on for almost 8 hourse straight!

Well, I’ll get back to you with some information on how it went.

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Presentations follow up

The presentations on Monday went well.

The SOA-part of the presentation was even better than I first hoped. My partner and I didn’t have that much time to prepare or at least try it out. But I thought that we got the message across.

For the euphonium part it was a shaky trip from bad to good. The theme and the first variation was just awful - I counted six or seven errors. Then I played the triplets and they went well … better.

Before that night I’ve never nailed the last variation - it’s so hard. But all of a sudden it just flowed. I was very satisfied with that!

OK - now for the next thing. On Saturday I will be a presenter for the Salvation Army during a big event for Stockholm Marathon. That will be fun!

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Visual Studio 2008 Intellisense not working - and the fix


Just now the Intellisense stopped working in Visual Studio 2008. Scared me a lot - since I thought that it would make me re-install the complete Visual Studio 2008. That took me at least 3 hours to install.

But Richard Fennell had the solution and that helped me to evade that situation. Here is the solution:

[UPDATED] As it turns out this was only part of the solution. The real problem was the integration with ReSharper - here is how to solve it.

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Today is kind of a special day at work. After the normal work day we have invited my customer to Avega for an evening of some, hopefully interesting and fun presentation.

Why I am hoping this is because I am doing the presentations, and the “fun” part.

The first part is a SOA-presentation together with a colleague - Robert Södergren. Here we will try to answer the not-so-easy-answered-question “What is SOA?”.

For the fun is something even more nerve-wrecking; I often take the opportunity to play my euphonium and tell people little about the Salvation Army. Nothing special there. But this time I have chosen to end the session by playing the infamous Carnival of Venice, by Arban.

I know - it’s my own choice and all that - but it was a bit harder than I expected to get it up to “wow”-factor. I am not...

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Anyone who has worked with me know that I love shortcuts (that is keyboard shortcuts - i wouldn’t dream of taking shortcuts in real life…).

I love them in general but specifically in Visual Studio - they often involve at least three keys and at least two hands to be fully executed.

Here is a list of some of them - i haven’t seen some them before and other ones are loved...

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