VS : How to fix stuck Visual Studio Community 2015 installation problem

Visual Studio Community 2015 is the free edition of Visual Studio, so I decided to install it on my computer. Setup contains lots of components, so installation running considerable amount of time was expected, but after 3 hours, it was only 30% finished. Another hour later, the setup was still trying to install the same package. It seemed that the installation got stuck. In this post I will share how I tried to solve the problem and what eventually worked.

ASP.NET : How to solve logging out before timeout expires problem

A while ago I had a task of setting up an old ASP.NET 3.5 application on a shared hosting server and after I was done, the application worked as it should except for one important bit. The application used a Forms Authentication to authenticate users and after users logged in they were getting logging out and redirected to login page after a really short amount of time, usually only after a few minutes.
In this article I will show different ways I tried to locate this problem and how I finally managed to fix this issue.

Blogger : How to fix missing Header Image in Mobile Template

The Blogger platform offers you different mobile templates for your site. You can choose between built-in templates (Simple, Picture Windows,…) or you can select a Custom mobile template, which will adapt your main template to the mobile version. This enables you to have a site with a consistent theme on both desktop and mobile devices. One part that might not be consistent though is with a header image. Depending on the options selected in the Layout section, the mobile template (either custom or built-in) might not show a header image. In this post, we will examine two ways to solve this problem.

Contact Form 7 : How to create a custom URL validation

In WordPress, the Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular plugins for creating contact forms. One thing that you might have noticed though is that the validation of the URL field will not fail when you expect them to fail. For example, with the URL value of http://xxxx, the plugin will consider this as a valid URL, even though, the URL value is missing top level domain part. The solution to this problem is to have a custom validation for the URL field. This article will show you how to achieve that.

Apache : How to Solve port 80 is occupied problem on Windows

The other day I decided to install EasyPHP (a WAMP package that includes PHP, Apache, MySQL) on my machine running Windows 7. After install I ran the application, but to my surprise, Apache server was not working. It complained that Port 80 is used by another application. I thought this issue would be easily solved, but it took me a while to figure out what exactly is causing the problem. In this article I will show you what I tried and how I finally solved the Apache problem of not being able to run.

VS : How to create an Empty Solution in Visual Studio Express 2013

Do you want to create a blank solution in your VS Express but can't find it? I had this issue as well. I mostly code stuff for my personal needs so I never gave much thought on making the code more readable and organized, but on my last WinForms project I wanted to give more attention on how the project is structured. It seemed to me that the best way to achieve that was to start with an empty solution and then add necessary projects to that solution. I had trouble finding this option in Visual Studio, so I decided to write a post about it in case there are others with the same issue.

SQL : How to solve Northwind Database Install Error in SQL Server 2012

Recently I was going through a database programming tutorial that used Northwind Database in code examples, so I thought "No problem, I'll quickly add that database to my SQL Server 2012". I assumed this would be easy but to my surprise that wasn't the case.

In this post I will show you what problems I encountered while trying to install Northwind database and how I finally managed to make it work.