WP7 Emulator No Go on Windows 8 inside Parallels 8

After a bunch of work trying to get the WP8 emulator running, and failing miserably, I set to work on trying to get a Windows 8 Parallels 8 environment set up for working with Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Phone 7.5. After hours of installing Visual Studio 2010, Service Packs, Microsoft Games for Windows (required by the SDK on Windows 8?!), WP SDK 7.1  and the WP SDK 7.1.1 update I was finally ready to […] Read more »

6 Steps To Get Entity Framework 5 Working with MySql 5.5

After much battling with configuration and such I have finally managed to get EF5 Code First and MySql 5 working together using the Oracle/MySql .NET Connector 6.5.4 or the official Connector version 6.6.4. This configuration does not currently support Migrations. The steps are as follows: Grab EF 5 from NuGet Grab MySql.Data and MySql.Data.Entity from NuGet (6.5.4) or MySql (6.6.4) Configure a MySql Data Provider Configure a MySql Connection String Create a Custom MySql Database […] Read more »

Using MySql 5 as Membership Backend for ASP.NET 4.5 MVC 4 Application

Oracle provide MySql ASP.Net web providers through NuGet – search for MySql.Web. Using the MySql providers you can easily use MySql as your membership/profile/role backend for an ASP.Net application. But beware the MySql providers do not currently support the ASP.NET 4.5 templates since those templates use ExtendedMembershipProvider and SimpleMembershipProvider and they have an internal dependency on MS SQL Server… I am going to demonstrate using it as the membership provider for an MVC 4 application […] Read more »

Using NuGet and Git Together

Just had to setup a new project with NuGet packages using Git as source control. In order to set this up properly you need to add #Nuget packages/ to your .gitignore file so that all the binaries, configs and what ever other resources the NuGet packages contain don’t get committed to your repository. This can significantly speed up push and pull requests between repositories with .NET code since you can exclude many megabytes of unnecessary synchronisation and rely […] Read more »