Microsoft AI Immersion Workshop 2017 Recap

One of the events which I was lot excited to attend was the pre-Build event – ‘Microsoft AI Immersion Workshop’. The event promised to be a great opportunity for developers to learn about building intelligent applications using Microsoft and open source technologies. Now that the event is over, I must say that it did live up to its expectation.

Issues with Lightweight Solution Load in Visual Studio 2017

One of the coolest feature in Visual Studio 2017 is the ‘Lightweight Solution Load’ which greatly reduces the Visual Studio startup time and the overall memory consumption.
However I have bumped into multiple issues working with Lightweight Solution Load feature turned ON in VS2017. In this article, I will list down few of my observations, so that you are aware of these limitations.

Use custom colors to differentiate between environments

During my SQL Saturday Birmingham Presentation on SQL Tips and Tricks, one of the productivity feature which got lot of love from most of the attendees was the use of custom colors to differentiate between SQL environments. SSMS provides us with an ability to set different colors for connection to separate environments.

Redgate Data Tools in Visual Studio 2017

Visual Studio 2017 now includes Redgate Tools to increase productivity while doing database development work. I use the VS Enterprise edition at work, so am pretty excited to leverage the productivity benefits of these tools, within Visual Studio IDE itself.