How to Use Emmet in Visual Studio Code for Faster Web Development

In Visual Studio Code, we can use Emmet to speed up our development. Let’s look at how to do this. In VS Code, create a new file called test.html: Enter doc and note the Emmit Abbreviation appears: Clicking on the information icon we can see what the snippet will look like: Press tab to get the HTML inserted into the document: Also, if we were to type ! instead, we … Continue reading How to Use Emmet in Visual Studio Code for Faster Web Development

Installing Visual Studio 2019

The install Visual Studio 2019, go to and click Download: Select the edition. We will install Enterprise: Open the file. Click Continue: You will see: Now select the components to install, then click Install: The installer will run: And finally, the reboot: After restarting, select Visual Studio 2019: Select an option, e.g. Create a new project. You can now start using Visual Studio 2019:  

Creating a Template in Visual Studio

In this post, we will go through creating a project template in Visual Studio. First, open Visual Studio, and create a new project. I will base my project off the Console application, so I will select Console App: You will see: Add some packages, for example, NewtonSoft.Json and EntityFramework. Let’s add a lower version than the current version for one of the packages so we can also demonstrate what happens … Continue reading Creating a Template in Visual Studio

Intro to Object Relational Mapping (ORM)

Object-Relational Mapping, or ORM, is a way of allowing you to access data in your database in the form of objects in your code. It is essentially a piece of code that sits alongside your code, and from there you can access database objects such as tables in the form of code objects. As it says, you can essentially break it down to mapping of objects to a relational database. … Continue reading Intro to Object Relational Mapping (ORM)

Visual Studio – Change and Install Color Theme

Visual Studio comes with different color themes. When opening Visual Studio for the first time, you may see a theme something like below: To change this theme, go to Tools->Options: From Environment, select General: Here we can see the color theme is set to “Blue”. Select a different color theme from the list: Here we have selected the Dark theme: You can also install new themes. To install a new … Continue reading Visual Studio – Change and Install Color Theme

Visual Studio Code Introduction

Visual Studio Code is a lightweight tool from Microsoft used for software development. It is fast, cross-platform and supports intellisense and debugging. You can follow Visual Studio Code at: To install it, go to and select Download: Select the download link for your operating system. We will select Windows and run the executable: Click Next: Click Next: Click Next: Click Next: Click Next: Click Install: Click Finish: Visual Studio Code will … Continue reading Visual Studio Code Introduction

Adding a Visual Studio Website Solution to Visual Studio Team Services

In this post we will add an existing website project to Visual Studio Team Services. First, create a project in VSTS. Log into Select New Project: Enter the project details, and select the version control type: Git Team Foundation Version Control Select the Work Item Process: Agile CMMI Scrum Click Create. Now, open the project you created earlier in Visual Studio. We have a project that is a website: … Continue reading Adding a Visual Studio Website Solution to Visual Studio Team Services

SSDT Analysis Services and Reporting Services Projects in Visual Studio 2017

If you try to open old Analysis Services smproj or Reporting Services projects in Visual Studio 2017 you may run into an unsupported error. To install the required templates, go to: Select the Download link: Then for Reporting Services go to: Select Download: You will now be able to create and load analysis services and reporting services projects in Visual Studio:  

Visual Studio 2017 Install

Go to and download the version you require. Run the download. I will install Professional. Select the components you would like to install and note the additional components in the Summary when you select a workload: Select Individual Components to install additional software: And Language Packs if required: Select Install on the bottom right: Once completed: Visual Studio will open:  


Nuget is a package manager for the Microsoft platform. It runs within Visual Studio. To use it, open Visual Studio and go to Tools->NuGet Package Manager: Select Manage NuGet Packages for Solution and you will be able to see what is already installed and if there are any updates available. You can also install new packages. To update, select Updates, select the package to update and click Update: You can also use … Continue reading NuGet