Please welcome Code Pixel Studios to the world

Code Pixel Studios App Development Web Development

I've been toying with the idea of setting up a business for a few years. I was always put off by the complexities of setting up a business in Ireland - registering business names, doing my own accounts, submitting tax returns, vat payments, PRSI, pensions, start up costs...the workload for running your own business is endless and extremely daunting. At the end of 2013 I decided to bite the bullet and go for it.

I'm happy to say today that I've taken the plunge and setup a new company called Code Pixel Studios Limited. This company is in such an infant stage that I don't even have a website setup for it yet - just a logo!

For the first few months things will be low key while I decide on the next steps I want to take the business in. I've accepted a new job offer with a company in Cork for 6 months which will focus on frontend technologies like AngluarJS and TypeScript and the plan is that this work will help fund some of the ideas I have to help carve out a niche for my little business.

I'm sure it's going to be a rollercoaster ride I'm sure but I can't wait to get started!

Entity Framework 'could not load assembly' error message

Cure for Entity Framework Migrations could not load assembly error message

I usually setup a new solution so that it contains multiple projects. There's a project for web files, data files, services, utilities and so on. When I downloaded and setup Entity Framework through Nuget I installed it into my Project.Web (where all my views/controllers are) and to my Project.Data (where my data context is located with my repositories) projects.

I installed EF Migrations to my Project.Data project as this is where my data context file lives. Everything compiles and run but sometimes when using Entity Framework Migrations I noticed that I was getting an error:

Could not load assembly 'Project.Data'. (If you are using Code First Migrations inside Visual Studio this can happen if the startUp project for your solution does not reference the project that contains your migrations. You can either change the startUp project for your solution or use the -StartUpProjectName parameter.)

Outlook 2013 mark email as read

Outlook 2013 mark email as read when viewing in reading pane

I really like using Outlook 2013 but there was one niggly little issue that was annoying me.

Everytime I viewed an email and it displayed in the Viewing Pane the email was still marked as unread. To mark it as read I had to either right click on it to mark it as read or click onto another email.

I didn't like either of these solutions so I went looking for an option to mark an email as read as soon as I viewed it in the reading pane.

Easiest way to use Twitter Bootstrap with your MVC project

TwitterBootStrapMVC for MVC4

At present there are a lot of Twitter Bootstrap nuget packages. Some of these include sample projects. Some of them are just the basic Bootstrap JavaScript and CSS files. Most of them are not setup to make it easy to write 'Bootstrap' HTML out of the box.

I recently came across a Bootstrap 3 MVC package called TwitterBootstrapMVC that really helps you get up and running with Bootstrap much faster than some of the other options out there. No need to remember the correct HTML to use or formatting required to output a navigation bar. Using the very intuitive TwitterBootstrapMVC helpers everything is simple.

Reddybrek.com is now powered by Orchard

reddybrek.com now powered by Orchard CMS

I've been writing this blog since around 2008. Previously I was using BlogEngine.net to power my blog but lately I've been on the lookout for something a bit different.

I love Wordpress and the ease of use that brings, especially when upgrading or installing modules. At the time of writing there is no 'one click' install option for BlogEngine and updating the blog was becoming a chore with each release.

IIS 7 returning 404 error with extension less URL

iis7 404 error with extensionless url asp.net 4.0

I was recently working on updated an older asp.net 3.5 website to asp.net 4.0.  Unfortunately we can't upgrade to 4.5 due to the risk of breaking other sites on the same server. Our reason for the upgrade was really to take advantage of the routing ability that was built into asp.net 4.0 for webforms.

If you're looking for help on setting up .net routing you can take a look at a simple 'how to' for setting up routing with WebForms here that I wrote a few years back.

The issue I was having was that IIS was returning a 404 page not found error when I tried to go to a url without the .aspx. I had setup my global.asax file with the correct routing information but it was like IIS was ignoring these rules.

C#, IIS7

StarTech USB 3 Dual Monitor Dock USB3SDOCKHD

StarTech USB 3 Dual Monitor Dock USB3SDOCKHD

In a previous post I mentioned how I was using the StarTech USB 3 Dual Monitor Dock to run 2 displays from my Macbook Air (which is running Windows 8).

Both of my monitors are 1080p 24" screens. One is a Samsung LCD display and one is a LG LED display. Both use HDMI to connect to a source. At present there does not appear to be any dual HDMI usb 3 docks out there. They all have 1 HDMI and 1 DVI slot so I had to purchase a HDMI to DVI connector on Amazon for about £5 to make sure I could hook up both monitors to the hub.

I've been using it this dock now for over a month so I thought I'd write a quick review for anyone interested.

System OutOfMemoryException Error using System.IO

system.io error message

If you ever see this exception error message it might be worth checking out that you're validating the files you're reading into your system to confirm that they are the correct file type. Wasted too much time on this error just now, oy!

.Net, C#
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