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Lock File Tool - Test Exception Handling
· ☕ 1 min read
File Locker did not work for me (access denied), but Windows UI tool worked perfectly. It has less options, but it does a read lock, which is what I was looking for.

Visual Studio 2013 Static Activation Key option
· ☕ 1 min read
Some people complaint about the need to sign in to Visual Studio 2013 for it to run, without a possibility of running a disconnected/offline setup. Introducing a static activation key licensing option (which I just discovered) - you can obtain it from your MSDN subscription page.

VB.NET - Different Output in Designer VS Runtime
· ☕ 2 min read
Let's say you want your custom control display empty string in a certain field, if it has a default value. For example, if your Text field on a custom Label control is identical to its name, show Text field as blank. Would be nice if it worked both ways, i.e. leaving Text field blank would make it identical to the name (or following a certain pattern).

VB.NET - Extract an Image Embedded as a Resource
· ☕ 1 min read
Here's one of the ways to embed an image into EXE file Left click the file in the project tree Set [Build Action] -> [Embedded Resource]. And here's how you can access this file in code...

VB.NET - Nullable DateTimePicker
· ☕ 2 min read
One of the popular ways to do this - change format to " " (space) whenever null value is being set and roll it back to the old format on anything else. I have been looking for clean implementation of this approach. In the end I decided to write my own, using source code available on the net. Here is what I came up with.

PowerShell - Control Code Execution
· ☕ 5 min read
In this article we are going to discuss basics of how to control code execution in a PowerShell script. There are several keywords, which have slightly different behavior - BREAK, RETURN and EXIT.

VB.NET - Format DateTime With Milliseconds
· ☕ 1 min read
Despite what people are saying on the net, you do not need to write your own method to include milliseconds when formatting DateTime object. To achieve this, you can use “f”. For example, if you want to include thousands of a second (i.e. milliseconds), you can write something like this [...]

VB.NET – Immediate Window – System Error &H80040013&
· ☕ 1 min read
This appears to be a known bug in Visual Studio. I encountered it when my VS 2008 SP1 was idle for a considerable amount of time, hanging minimized in the task bar. Standard close/reopen VS did not help. There were no strange processes in Task Manager either. After some failed commands (same error), I found a workaround for this issue.