Read and understand code faster with programming ligatures in Fira Code font | Making Visual Studio perfect

I was recently on a conference and spotted this nice code font:
Fira Code
which makes use of “ligatures” that takes common programming characters and make them more readable.

Such as >= ++ != and presents them in a more condensed and more readable way.

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Read and understand code faster with programming ligatures in Fira Code font | Making Visual Studio perfect

To use in Visual Studio 2017, download from:

Unzip ttf folder select all fonts, right click menu and install.
Open/Restart VS2017 -> Options -> Environment -> Fonts and colors -> Select “Fira Code” as font.

Fira Code on github:

Scott Hanselman on Monospaced Programming Fonts with Ligatures:

See more code in VS2017 – Shrink Empty Lines Addon

Use this addon for VS 2017:

Source: Shrink Empty Lines – Visual Studio Marketplace

Shrinks empty line height in code editor by 25% to be able to see more lines of codes at a glance.

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Attach To All The Things – Visual Studio 2017 Addon

Great tool for attaching VS 2017 debug to IIS for instance.

It will add some menu options under the Tools menu.
After installing this addon its possible set a keyboard shortcut by searching for “tools.attach” in the VS keyboard shortcut window.

Source: Attach To All The Things – Visual Studio Marketplace

Elasticsearch for .NET and EPiServer developers

Ealasticsearch Tutorial:

Vulcan is an EPiServer lightweight (free) alternative to EPiServer find, based on Elasticsearch as well:

Clink – tab completion and ctrl+v addon for windows cmd.exe

Clink combines the native Windows shell cmd.exe with the powerful command line editing features of the GNU Readline library, which provides rich completion, history, and line-editing capabilities. Readline is best known for its use in the well-known Unix shell Bash, the standard shell for Mac OS X and many Linux distributions.

New keyboard shortcuts;
Paste from clipboard (Ctrl-V).
Incremental history search (Ctrl-R/Ctrl-S).
Powerful completion (TAB).
Undo (Ctrl-Z).
Automatic “cd ..” (Ctrl-Alt-U).
Environment variable expansion (Ctrl-Alt-E).
(press Alt-H for many more…)

Source: Clink


Benchmarking is really hard (especially microbenchmarking), you can easily make a mistake during performance measurements. BenchmarkDotNet will protect you from the common pitfalls (even for experienced developers) because it does all the dirty work for you: it generates an isolated project per each benchmark method, does several launches of this project, run multiple iterations of the method (include warm-up), and so on. Usually, you even shouldn’t care about a number of iterations because BenchmarkDotNet chooses it automatically to achieve the requested level of precision.

Source: Home – BenchmarkDotNet Documentation

WFetch – Simple Microsoft Tool for troubleshooting HTTP connections

This simple but powerful testing tool is a must-have for any system administrator or Web site manager. Wfetch’s simple GUI offers easy input and clear output to test almost any Web host. Don’t expect a manual or clear failure information. This tool was released for expert users.Operating Wfetch is actually very simple, providing you understand Web functions such as Get, Put, Head, Trace, Post, and others. It’s a mere matter of using a few pull-downs, entering some simple text and pressing Go. The trick comes when users must interpret the Log Output from their commands. If Get HTTP/1.1\r\n makes sense, this app was written for you. The utility offers numerous authentication and connection features. Additional commands make it easy to copy and paste text from the output log file.Wfetch is not secure as it stores user names and passwords in plain text. Nevertheless, it is an invaluable freeware tool for any user looking to diagnosis certain connection problems.

Source: WFetch – Free download and software reviews – CNET

Its originally part of the IIS 6.0 Resource Kit Tools.

More info: