Creating iOS splash screens with Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova

When you create a Cordova project with Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova it generates a set of splash screens for all supported iOS (both iPhone and iPad) resolutions. These are found under res\screens\ios. There are two things to notice here: First, the names in Visual Studio are like screen-iphone-portrait.png or screen-ipad-portrait.png and in XCode…

Update Cordova for Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova

Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova (VSCordovaTools for short) is a great Visual Studio toolset to develop hybrid applications for multiple platforms, including Android, iOS and Windows. One of the nice things about the tool is that it installs everything you need to develop with Cordova. You don’t have to care about installing multiple components,…

A tale of Visual Studio and SQL Server Compact

I have recently upgraded my SSD disk to a newer and larger one. To avoid the hassle of re-installing everything (I have a lot of things to install) I cloned the disk. Everything worked fine. No problems with the operating system and the applications, except for Visual Studio. Though I could start, edit, build, run,…

CRT Refactored in Visual Studio “14”

Visual Studio “14” CTP ships with a refactored C Runtime. The first thing you’ll notice is that msvcrXX.dll has been replaced by three new DLLs: appcrtXX.dll, desktopcrtXX.dll and vcruntimeXX.ddl (where XX stands for the version number so in this version it’s appcrt140.dll, desktopcrt140.dll and vcruntime140.dll). You can see in this image that both desktopcrt140.dll and…

Per-project natvis files in Visual Studio “14”

Visual Studio 2012 introduced a new framework for writing debugger visualizers for C++ types that replaced the old autoexp.dat file. The new framework offers xml syntax, better diagnostics, versioning and multiple file support. Visualizers are defined in XML files with extension .natvis. These visualizers are loaded each time the debugger starts. That means if you…

Speed-up VC++ builds

The larger a VC++ project is (or any project for that matter) the more time it takes to build. If you have solutions with many large projects the build times could get into your way. Starting a rebuild and going to lunch was a common scenario for me, as building took 20-25 minutes. Of course,…

Peek Definition in Visual Studio 2013

Go to definition (F12 in Visual Studio) is such an intensively used command, but it opens a new window for the document. Visual Studio 2013 adds a new go to definition command that actually displays the definition inline, in the same window. It’s called Peek Definition and the shortcut is ALT+F12. It opens an embedded…