How Do You Fix An Impossible Bug?

Within the span of an hour, it had all gone to hell. The first deployment went rather smoothly. It was a fix to an existing web service, and went out with no problems, or so we thought. Within ten minutes of the deployment, the users started complaining of a minor bug, one that was seemingly omnipresent but didn't really stop them from doing meaningful work. The team which had sent out the deployment immediately set to work figuring out what... Read more >

Debugger Windows in Visual Studio 2015 Quick Guide

Debugging is a critical skill that every programmer needs to become better at their jobs. Visual Studio provides several windows that help make debugging easier, but until now I hadn't really used them all that often. Well, in the spirit of not caring that I suck as long as I'm learning, I did a little research into the debugger windows that I'd never truly used before, and compiled a list of the most useful debugger windows in Visual Studio 2015.... Read more >

What is the ModelState? - ASP.NET MVC Demystified

Ever wondered just what the ModelState was that keeps popping up in your ASP.NET MVC controllers? So did I. Let's break down what the ModelState is and why we use it. What is ModelState? ModelState is a property of a Controller, and can be accessed from those classes that inherit from System.Web.Mvc.Controller. The ModelState represents a collection of name and value pairs that were submitted to the server during a POST. It also contains a collection... Read more >