AngularJS

In our work project we moved to AngularJS, and I must say that it is great! Beats Durandal and Knockout to to one – no kidding. Everything is much better – bindings to “normal” objects, nice routing system, no need for 20 other libraries to make it working, etc.

So, here I will try to collect some helpful links to start with:

  • Learn AngularJS in 5 Steps: some good advices for n00bs.
  • Egghead.io: rather nice collection of short videos about various aspects of Angular.
  • Prototypal Scope/JavaScript Inheritance: guy put together a lot of work to get the article written – must read.
  • Post from Miško Hevery himself about differences between values, services, factories, providers…
  • Great answer to the How do I “think in AngularJS” if I have a jQuery background? StackOverflow question (TL;DR – ditch jQuery if you do AngularJS).

Editor Error in Visual Studio 2012

Sometimes Visual Studio 2012 goes slightly mad and displays an error message (did not take screenshot, sorry) that it has encountered an exception that might be caused by an extension, and mentions the Activity Log file.

This file is normally located at %appdata%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\ (where %appdata% is normally C:\Users\<yourUserName>\AppData\Roaming) and is called ActivityLog.xml – one can check the problem in more details (TIP: there is the corresponding xsl file, so the xml file opened in IE will be nicely formatted).

Usually the exception message stored in the ActivityLog.xml will clearly point to the offending extension/plugin.

If it does not, the deleting the %localappdata%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\ComponentModelCache\Microsoft.VisualStudio.Default.cache file (where %localappdata% is normally C:\Users\<yourUserName>\AppData\Local) might solve the problem. It is safe to delete this file as it will be rebuild when Visual Studio is starting. And, of course, Visual Studio should be closed when you are trying to delete this file.

If even then the problem persists, then pray to god(s) – there is no help for you! :)