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Running Gulp Task in Visual Studio

visual studio/ gulp

When I am working in an code editor such as Visual Studio, I do not want to have to have to leave the editor to run command line programs such as Gulp task. I want to be able to run the gulp task right from instead the editor. Starting with Visual Studio 2013, you could do this with the Task Runner Explorer extension. Microsoft then integrated the Task Runner Explorer into Visual Studio 2015 so you no longer have to install an extension.

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Getting Visual Studio Cordova Tooling Working with the Ionic Framework

ionic/ visual studio

I am doing an Ionic Framework presentation and I wanted to use the Visual Studio 2015 Cordova Tooling. I have done this presentation twice in the past couple of months using my Intel Nuc machine with the Visual Studio 2015 RTM Cordova tooling but it is kind of pain to do this since the Nuc is a desktop machine and doesn’t have a monitor so I have to look at the projector screen or being a laptop to use as well.

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Visual Studio 2015 - External Web Tools

visual studio/ ionic/ npm/ nodejs/ bower/ git

I ran into an issue with an npm package mis-behaving in Visual Studio 2015 but working just fine from the command line. After scratching my head for awhile trying to figure out what was going on, I discovered that Visual Studio was pointing to its own version of npm and node and not that ones that were available in my path that the command line was using. Visual Studio 2015 ships with:

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Visual Studio Code Snippets

productivity/ visual studio

There are a bunch of built-in Visual Studio code snippets that will generate code for you with a short keyword and then a tab key press. These shortcuts will make you more efficient when writing code such as creating properties, loops, exceptions, etc. Below I have listed the code snippets that I most frequently use and what the output from them looks like. To use these snippets type they keyword and then press the tab key.

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Favorite Visual Studio Shortcuts

productivity/ visual studio

Here is a list of Visual Studio Community Edition shortcuts that I use. Building Solution Name Shortcut Build Solution Ctrl+Shift+B Run Code Analysis on Solution Alt+F11 Building Current Project There is no default shortcut for building the current project or running code analysis on it. You can go under the Build menu and select to build just the current project but this is a manual step that requires you to navigate through the menus.

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