• North America Trip–SEA to ADL

    WP_20151106_022_thumbFriday was another chance to do some final sight-seeing back in down-town Seattle. I went on the Seattle Underground Tour, which was fantastic. A hilarious and entertaining tour guide made for a very enjoyable and educational history tour of the beginnings of the town of Seattle.

    WP_20151106_042_thumbI also managed to get back for another look at the Pike Place Markets, which I’d briefly seen the previous Sunday, though Friday’s weather was an improvement. It was nice to look around and having something yummy for lunch whilst the sun poked through the clouds.

    On the recommendation of Scott Hanselman I saw (but tried to avoid smelling!) the ‘great wall of gum’. Good timing, as a week later they started cleaning it all off for the first time in 20 years.

    Then off to the airport for my flight down to San Francisco. The train from downtown Seattle to the airport only cost $US3 – what a bargain!

    I was a bit concerned about the relatively short time to make my connecting flight to Sydney, but I need not have worried. San Francisco airport is relatively small (possibly similar size to Adelaide), so it was literally a 5 minute walk from gate to gate. What a relief – and much less stressful than going through Los Angeles again.

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    The flight back to Sydney went well (there’s something about flying overnight that makes it easier to go to sleep, or maybe I was just exhausted after a full on fortnight!)

    WP_20151107_003_thumbLanding in Sydney early Sunday morning I managed to get on an earlier flight back to Adelaide than I’d originally booked. It was so great to get home and see my family again Smile.

  • Web Essentials 2015 extension keeps being disabled

    I noticed recently that Visual Studio 2015 wasn’t loading the Web Essentials extension. Checking in the Extensions and Updates dialog revealed the problem – it was disabled.

    Visual Studio Extensions and Updates dialog, showing disabled extension

    But I hadn’t disabled it! So I re-enabled it, restarted Visual Studio and got on with my life…. Until I next started Visual Studio and it was disabled again. Grrr.

    Next stop, “Captain Google” – which brought me to a closed issue on GitHub. So it isn’t just me, but no reliable solutions to the problem (yet).

    What about running Visual Studio with logging? I did this, re-enabled the extension and chose Restart. Looking at the second log file revealed the following interesting lines:

    511ERRORExtension will not be loaded because an extension with the same ID 'Microsoft.Dev14.VsixTemplatesPackage.443cca91-ec20-41e5-a165-f28e56b89650' is already loaded at C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\MICROSOFT VISUAL STUDIO 14.0\COMMON7\IDE\EXTENSIONS\DSDWKUM5.2Y2\...
              C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\MICROSOFT VISUAL STUDIO 14.0\COMMON7\IDE\EXTENSIONS\NUGETIFIEDEXTENSIBILITYTEMPLATES\
    Extension Manager2015/11/17 23:55:46.703
    512ERRORExtension will not be loaded because an extension with the same ID 'Microsoft.VisualStudio.TeamFoundation.TeamExplorer.Extensions' is already loaded at C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\MICROSOFT VISUAL STUDIO 14.0\COMMON7\IDE\EXTENSIONS\H0JHYFM3.2KP\...
              C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\MICROSOFT VISUAL STUDIO 14.0\COMMON7\IDE\COMMONEXTENSIONS\MICROSOFT\TEAMFOUNDATION\TEAM EXPLORER\
    Extension Manager2015/11/17 23:55:46.703
    513ERRORExtension will not be loaded because an extension with the same ID '3c61cbb3-7795-4afc-981b-34ea36a333fa' is already loaded at C:\USERS\DAVID\APPDATA\LOCAL\MICROSOFT\VISUALSTUDIO\14.0\EXTENSIONS\YKUJN0FP.3MY\...
              C:\USERS\DAVID\APPDATA\LOCAL\MICROSOFT\VISUALSTUDIO\14.0\EXTENSIONS\OVNEVZLB.FXP\
    Extension Manager2015/11/17 23:55:46.703
    514ERRORExtension will not be loaded because an extension with the same ID '5fb7364d-2e8c-44a4-95eb-2a382e30fec9' is already loaded at C:\USERS\DAVID\APPDATA\LOCAL\MICROSOFT\VISUALSTUDIO\14.0\EXTENSIONS\LG5OBJ45.EKL\...
              C:\USERS\DAVID\APPDATA\LOCAL\MICROSOFT\VISUALSTUDIO\14.0\EXTENSIONS\PMHVMCOV.BWZ\
    Extension Manager2015/11/17 23:55:46.703

    Checking the folders above maps to the following extensions:

    1. Visual Studio Extensibility Templates
    2. Team Foundation Team Explorer Extensions
    3. Cloud Explorer for Visual Studio 2015
    4. Web Essentials 2015

    The first two are interesting in that they’re both under C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE. A closer look here reveals that in both cases, the second folder is actually a shortcut that points back to the first folder, so there isn’t really a conflict here – just Visual Studio having to process the same exact folder twice.

    The 3rd item is interesting in that I hadn’t notice a problem with Cloud Explorer, but that’s probably because I hardly ever use it. But sure enough, checking back in Extensions and Updates showed that it too was disabled.

    Ok. So I selected both Cloud Explorer and Web Essentials, chose Uninstall and restarted Visual Studio. And they were still there! (Zombie Extensions?!!). But I can see how this would be. The duplicates did get removed, but this left the other extensions still there.

    Extensions and Updates 2

    Righto.. Once more with feeling! Select each extension, choose Uninstall and restart Visual Studio.

    Check Extensions and Updates again. Hooray – they’re really gone now.

    Now re-install both extensions and really get on with life Smile

  • North America Trip - MVP Summit 2015

    Microsoft signI arrived in Seattle on Saturday night. I caught a shuttle-bus to my hotel in Bellevue, and not surprising that my fellow bus-travellers were also MVPs. One of those turned out to be Glenn Henriksen who was the first of many MVPs to make me feel welcome and included in my first Summit. (More about Glenn later!) View of Seattle Space Needle tower from baseSunday morning I took the opportunity to travel by bus back to downtown Seattle and see some of the sights. It was still a bit cloudy with some rain about, but I gather that’s pretty normal for Seattle. I went up the Space Needle, though the view was limited to to lots of low cloud and a bit of rain. Microsoft Store at BellevueGetting back to Bellevue later in the afternoon, I registered for the Summit and bumped into a few familiar faces before attending the “1st Time MVP Event” (which was food & drinks with a mix of fellow first-time MVPs along with a bunch of ‘old hands’), followed by an Australia/New Zealand MVP Dinner, where again I was made to feel welcome by even more familiar faces. In fact the best compliment I received was along the lines of, “Dave, we thought you already were an MVP!” Monday morning things started in earnest with well-organised buses providing transport from our hotels to Microsoft’s Redmond campus. And ‘campus’ is a good term as it is in many ways like a University campus. Microsoft almost takes up the whole of the suburb of Redmond. I only got to see a tiny part of it, but I was very impressed with what I saw. A beautiful location with impressive buildings, landscaping, gardens and playing fields. Microsoft Conference Centre at RedmondMost of my time was spent in the Microsoft Conference Centre (yes, they have their own conference centre on campus!). It’s big enough that I reckon they could fit in the entire Australian TechEd/Ignite conference. You aren’t meant to take photos inside, but I can show a few outside shots I took on an early morning walk around part of the campus. WP_20151103_007 WP_20151103_009 WP_20151103_016 Because more and more of Microsoft’s ASP.NET development (and .NET in general) is now being done as open-source on Github, many of the sessions I took part in were not under NDA. Look out for recordings of these on MSDN’s Channel 9 soon. Not surprisingly, the Summit is a bit of a “who’s who” of Microsoft technologies – there were a lot of names I recognised from blogs that I follow, or who I’ve heard on various podcasts over the years. The nice thing is that all the “big names” that I encountered turn out to be just nice friendly regular people who are more than happy to chat and welcome a “New MVP”. I also made a point of inviting everyone to come and visit Australia (and this was made more enticing by reminding them that NDC Sydney is on next year). Dan Wahlin and Glenn Henriksen holding popcornWednesday night I caught a late session of the movie “The Martian” with a few fellow MVPs, including Glenn. As you can see, Glenn and Dan realised that it was more efficient to get the free popcorn refills before we went into the theatre. Smart thinking! One of the benefits of attending the summit is direct contact with product teams. Both giving feedback but also being able to pick their brains. Thursday was ‘hackathon day’. I know I was really encouraged from meeting the Glimpse developers Anthony and Nik and getting some feedback on an open source Glimpse plugin I’m working on. And at the end of Thursday afternoon, that was the end of the summit. A final bus ride back to the hotel at Bellevue for my last night in Seattle.