Can I use Subversion just like I used Microsoft Visual SourceSafe

30. January 2013 12:11 by Mrojas in   //  Tags: , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Subversion is great and has many features, but sometimes (specially when merges can be complicated) you might want to switch to working as you did in Visual Sourcesafe where you were the only one that could modify certain file until you check out.

A very common question I get is "I just want to work with subversion as I did with Sourcesafe!! How can I do it?"

One way to do that is to use SVN Locking. 

Tortoise provides a great way to do that: see this page.


Figure 1: This is the dialog you get in tortoise with you right click a file and select GetLock

Figure 2: To check who has a lock on a file you right click and select Check for modifications

Setting the Default Printer in .NET

The following C# code shows how to use WMI to query printers information, set and get default printer.
public bool SetDefaultPrinter()
    System.Management.ManagementObjectSearcher search = 
default(System.Management.ManagementObjectSearcher); System.Management.ManagementObjectCollection results =
default(System.Management.ManagementObjectCollection); System.Management.ManagementObject printer =
default(System.Management.ManagementObject); search =
new System.Management.ManagementObjectSearcher("select * from win32_printer"); results = search.Get(); //Get Default Printer System.Management.ManagementObject defaultPrinter = null; foreach (System.Management.ManagementObject foundPrinter in results) { System.Management.PropertyDataCollection
propertyDataCollection = foundPrinter.Properties; if ((bool)foundPrinter["Default"]) // DEFAULT PRINTER { System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(foundPrinter["Name"]); System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(foundPrinter["Location"]); } } //Sets new default Printer foreach (System.Management.ManagementObject foundPrinter in results) { System.Diagnostics.Debug.Print(foundPrinter["Name"].ToString()); if (foundPrinter["Name"].Equals("PDFCreator")) { System.Management.ManagementBaseObject outParams =
foundPrinter.InvokeMethod("SetDefaultPrinter", null, null); if (outParams == null) System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine("Unable to set default printer"); Int32 retVal = (int)(uint)outParams.Properties["ReturnValue"].Value; if (retVal == 0) return true; else return false; } } return false; }

Fix errors for atlbase.h and atlthunk.lib not found in Visual C++ 2010 express

29. June 2011 03:53 by Mrojas in General  //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

If for some reason you have to use VC++ Express and you have projects that use ATL,
you will get annoying error messages like:

LINK : fatal error LNK1104: cannot open file 'atlthunk.lib'

Just follow the steps in this post and you well be ready to go:

Interop Structures to UnManaged Dlls

For VB6 applications it is common to rely on OS or Kernel API Calls. Some of those APIs might
need you to send data back and for the native API.

Marshalling in .NET can be complicated and bothersome. I have published several posts about
interop. But it usually depends on adding several marshalling attributes and even tricks specially for
fixed strings.

So I decided to provide a more a simpler approach for conversion. In this approach you just need to things:

1. Your VB6 types or structs will be mapped to .NET classes
2. All VB6 type or struct fields will be mapped to public fields
3. An attribute must be used on those fields to indicate the field length, for arrays or strings.
4. Extension methods .AsString() .SetFromString and .GetClassLength will handle all the complexities of setting the struct fields.

Let’s see an example:

Type EmployeeRecord
    FirstName As String * 5
    LastName As String * 5
End Type

That vb6 type will be mapped in .NET following this approach to:

    public class EmployeeRecord 
        public string FirstName = "Mau";
        public string LastName = "Rojas";


You can then simple use that class in .NET

var emp = new EmployeeRecord {FirstName="Mauricio",LastName="Rojas"} ;
var str = emp.AsString();
//This str value will be "MauriRojas" the helper extension methods
// .AsString and .SetFromString will handle setting the internal class fields

All that is very good but how is this used in Marshalling?? Well very simple. Let’s say you have a Dll called foo.dll
with a function foo that receives an EmployeeRecord:

        public static extern int foo(IntPtr Struct);

Then if you want to call that function you will do something like:

            var emp = new EmployeeRecord { FirstName="Ann",LastName="Smith"};
            string str = emp.AsString();
            var ptr = IntPtr.Zero;
            ptr = Marshal.StringToBSTR(str);
            ptr = Marshal.StringToHGlobalAnsi(str);
            ptr = Marshal.StringToHGlobalAuto(str);
            ptr = Marshal.StringToHGlobalUni(str);

            //And call the native function

If the function modifies the structure and you want to reflect those changes then you will do something like:

str = Marshal.PtrToStringAnsi(ptr,typeof(EmployeeRecord).GetClassLength())

This solution can also be applied for more complex structures. For example:

    public class EmployeeRecord 
        public string FirstName = "Mau";
        public string LastName = "Rojas";


    public class Record1
        public int field1;
        public string field2 = "";
        public EmployeeRecord rec = new EmployeeRecord();

    public class GeneralInfo
        public int field1;
        public String[] countrycodes = { "cr","es","mx","pa","ni"};
        public EmployeeRecord[] employees;

If you want to try it out this is the link to the CODE

How to create an adding that add context menu for certain files types in Visual Studio

21. October 2010 03:29 by Mrojas in   //  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Recently I was looking for a way to create an Adding that will add a Context Menu only when I Right Click on .xaml files.

I know there a many ways now, but I still love using VS studio addins for some simple tasks.

In case you are wondering how to do that 

I found this great article:

Where is my DXCore

19. August 2009 05:06 by Mrojas in General  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

I’m an enthusiastic user of DXCore and I have been working on some extensions of my own. But I could not find the DXCore or DevExpress menu.

Well there is a hack for that.

Please invoke the Registry editor, add the "HideMenu" DWORD value to the following Registry key, and set its Value to 0:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Developer Express\CodeRush for VS\9.1
This should make the "DevExpress" menu visible.

Look at the post for more details and keep enjoying DXCore.