Odds and Ends, May 2011

Created 05 May 2011 13:47, updated 18 June 2017 13:34

Symbolic links in Windows: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753194(WS.10).aspx – this was weird.  I was moaning to Rohland about how I missed have symlinks from Linux, but I'd never bothered to research the alternative in Windows, assuming that Shortcuts were all we have.  It turns out, you CAN make sybmbolic links in Windows.

Sick of Windows 7 copying? http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php – I love this tool.  It also queues copying requests so you don't end up with a hard drive going back and forth like a scratch record.

Precompiling Razor views: http://odetocode.com/blogs/scott/archive/2011/02/16/notes-on-building-razor-views.aspx – this is awesome.  Set up your Debug version to not precompile views, and set up an automated build to precompile views in Release mode at a regular interval to catch any issues in your views caused by refactoring.

PNGOUT: http://advsys.net/ken/utils.htm – this is a FREE tool that reduces the size of PNG files by 5 – 30%.  Running this on all images for presentations, blog posts and web sites is a pretty good idea!

Dapper: http://code.google.com/p/dapper-dot-net/ – this looks SO useful for smaller projects.  It's being used on stackoverflow.com though – maybe not such small projects too!

IIS Compression: Excellent post by Rick Strahl with regards to setting up compression in IIS7: http://www.west-wind.com/weblog/posts/2011/May/05/Builtin-GZipDeflate-Compression-on-IIS-7x