Just Installing VS2012 Can Break VS2010 Websites

Last week, I installed Visual Studio 2012, to play around with new features. We’re probably not ready to move our production code to VS2012 yet, but I just wanted to see what’s new. I should probably have installed it in a virtual machine, but hey, this is a well tested, production ready Microsoft product …… Continue reading Just Installing VS2012 Can Break VS2010 Websites

Setting up a Mercurial Repository under IIS

Setting up Mercurial to serve repositories using IIS has been on my to do list for months. I had a quick go at it late last year, but was thwarted by confusing solutions which quite frankly, just didn’t work for me. Many walkthroughs mention using a file named hgwebdir.cgi, but as of Mercurial 1.6, this… Continue reading Setting up a Mercurial Repository under IIS

Visual Studio 2010 Solution Won’t Open From Explorer

This one has caused me some problems recently.  I have a Visual Studio solution I downloaded, yet double clicking on the solution file in Windows Explorer does not open the solution. I know it’s a Visual Studio 2010 solution, because the file starts with: Microsoft Visual Studio Solution File, Format Version 11.00 # Visual Studio… Continue reading Visual Studio 2010 Solution Won’t Open From Explorer

FB Hacker Cup 2011 Round 2 – I’m Out

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about my participation in the inaugural Facebook Hacker Cup.  Well, I didn’t get any further, and exited spectacularly in round 2. To say it was tricky is an understatement.  The level of difficulty was a huge leap up from the previous round.  Of the 1,673 programmers eligible to… Continue reading FB Hacker Cup 2011 Round 2 – I’m Out

Facebook Hacker Cup 2011

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been taking part in the inaugural Facebook Hacker Cup, a programming competition ran along almost identical lines to Google’s well established CodeJam. The format of the competition is quite simple.  To start with, there was a qualification round lasting 72 hours in which 3 problems were posted.  Competitors… Continue reading Facebook Hacker Cup 2011