2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 27,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

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HTML5: Free training, exam voucher and more!

Update: EXAM VOUCHER IS EXPIRED NOW. Tutorials are still available.

HTML5 is gaining its popularity in recent days. HTML5 is a collection of features, technologies and APIs to make web Fast, Secure, Responsive, Interactive and Stunningly beautiful. HTML5 includes HTML markup language, CSS3 and a series of JavaScript APIs.

HTML5 + JavaScript + CSS3 is very important for SharePoint 2013 app development, windows 8 development etc. In general, like html, HTML5 technology is independent of platform and will be a very good skill in any developer’s arsenal.

Here are 4 ways to prepare for the demand:

  1. Free Exam – Get a free voucher to take exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 w/ JavaScript + CSS3. Find the voucher code. http://aka.ms/HTML5OfferMVA
  2. Free Training – Want to learn HTML5 or brush up before taking the exam? Sign up to access the free online HTML5 course. http://aka.ms/HTML5OfferMVA
  3. Free eBook – Courtesy of Microsoft Press, “Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript”  http://aka.ms/win8apps-ebook
  4. Free Events – Microsoft Learning Partners are holding #TechShowcase events around the world. Find and attend one near you: http://aka.ms/TechShowcase

For a limited time (till March 2013 or till it lasts), Microsoft is offering a free voucher for Exam 70-480:
Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3.

Go to www.register.prometric.com and follow the steps to schedule Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 at a testing center near you. Use the voucher code HTMLJMP to get the free exam. Pass, and you’ll be well on your way to joining the community of elite MCSD developers.

Happy Coding and All the Best for Exams.

Links of the day – 11 September 2012

.NET / Visual Studio/Web Development
Inspirational
Quotes/Dictionary

Links of the Month–April 2012

  • Free Microsoft Technologies Training:

Want to learn latest Microsoft technologies…check the following website:

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/home.aspx 

  • Free eBook: Practical Performance Profiling :

Get up to speed with a free copy of Practical Performance Profiling by Jean-Philippe Gouigoux  sponsored by RedGate

Covers the theory and practical skills necessary to analyze and improve the performance of .NET code.

Guides you through using a profiler and explains how to identify and correct performance bottlenecks.

http://www.red-gate.com/products/dotnet-development/ants-performance-profiler/entrypage/practical-performance-profiling-b 

  • 11 Important Database designing rules:

http://www.c-sharpcorner.com/UploadFile/shivprasadk/11-important-database-designing-rules/

  • What AnyCPU Really Means As Of .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 11

http://dotnet.dzone.com/articles/what-anycpu-really-means-net

  • Future of Cloud Computing
  • SQL Server Storage Basics

‘must-read’ resources for every SQL Server developer and DBA.

http://beyondrelational.com/modules/2/blogs/28/posts/13299/sql-server-storage-basics.aspx 

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/NETVersioningAndMultiTargetingNET45IsAnInplaceUpgradeToNET40.aspx

http://mashable.com/2012/03/26/free-html5-website-builder/

Task Failed because “SGEN.EXE” was not found

I was approached by a colleague recently about an error related to “SGEN.EXE” when tried to build the project in release mode. This error is only for the release mode and in debug mode it works perfectly.

I researched further on the error:

Sgen.exe is an XML Serializer Generator Tool used to create an assembly for types in a specified assembly in order to improve the startup performance of a XmlSerializer when it serializes or deserializes objects of the specified types.

Sgen.exe generates the [libraryname].XmlSerializers.dll and will be used by the clients of webservices to speed up the time to load the webservice.

Solutions:

  1. Right click on the project and in the properties page of the project, click on the Build tab.
    Select Configuration: Release.
    At the bottom, Generate serialization assembly is set to AUTO. When it is AUTO in release mode, SGEN tries to create XML serialization assembly and fails. Set Generate serialization assembly to OFF. If it is set to OFF, Visual Studio never runs sgen.exe.
  2. Copy the sgen.exe file from  C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\Bin\ to C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\. I’m not sure if this is 100% solution.
  3. Solution:
    • Open the GAC (C:\Windows\Assembly), find the DLL corresponding to your project.
    • Right click on it and select uninstall.
    • Now, re-build your project and the problem must be gone.
  4. Final solution would be to try refreshing from SourceSafe and if it wont solve the problem would be to destroy entire solution hierarchy and get a fresh version of solution to a new location.

I’m sure the first solution should solve the problem, 2nd and 3rd solution can be tried to solve the error.

Let me know if there is anything can be added in comments section.

Happy Coding Smile