Windows backups for an idiot

Today, I’m writing this note about backup procedures for Windows. Up to now, I’ve been backing up my Windows machines (operating currently five) in an ad hoc manner. Cringe you may, but I’d only made a backup once a month or so. Well, for the many decades I’ve been working with computers, I’ve never lost that much, through disk failures, unexpected file deletions, and upgrades. … Continue reading Windows backups for an idiot

Hello World from NET Core and NET Standard

What is this Net Core everyone is talking about? Net Core is a cross-platform application framework for C#. With Visual Studio or the Net Core tool set, it’s not too hard to build server applications on any platform that can be deployed to any platform. This is remarkable considering the source code for C#/NET was proprietary code until Nov. 2014 when Net Core and parts of Net … Continue reading Hello World from NET Core and NET Standard

Where are my MSDN downloads, Microsoft????

Virtually every website nowadays follows a God-awful trend in UI that generally replaces hyperlinked text with illustration-heavy art work arranged in a grid layout, making it not easier but HARDER for people to find a specific page. You cannot search for text on the page as it’s all now pictures; and, each page shows less links as a picture takes up more real estate than simple text. … Continue reading Where are my MSDN downloads, Microsoft????

Getting Windows Subshell for Linux working

If you’ve been working with Cygwin or MinGW, you may want to step over to Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) to take advantage of building and running tools in that environment. While the goal of Cygwin and MinGW has been to provide a Linux command-line tool set to Windows, it’s too easy to run the wrong tool (e.g., forgetting to install a tool in one environment, and picking up the identically named tool in another). In fact, many tools install their own private copy of MinGW (Git for Windows, SourceTree, Vagrant, …), so you find yourself constantly manipulating the search path.

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Another Visual Studio Extension for Antlr4 Files: AntlrVSIX

There are several Visual Studio extensions for Antlr: Antlr4Code, ANTLR Language Support, Actipro SyntaxEditor for WPF, and Syntax Highlighting Pack. However, each has problems (works on Antlr3, has advertisements, does not offer a “go to definition” right-click context menu command, etc). So, over the last few days, I implemented a simple VS 2015/2017 extension for Antlr4 grammars. You can find the sources on Github ( … Continue reading Another Visual Studio Extension for Antlr4 Files: AntlrVSIX