Just a little closer

As much as I love it, the resolution on my Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook can make it difficult to work in Visual Studio.  The code is just a little too small.  While the built in zoom feature is great, you need to zoom in on every document you open, which can be a little distracting, especially since I tend to not zoom in to the same zoom level each time.

What’s a developer to do?

Enter TroutZoom by Sam Trost.  Zooming in on one file resets the zoom level for all other open files as well as for all files you open afterward.  I’ve been using it for several weeks now to get a little closer to my code.  It’s a breeze to go from my laptop zoomed in at 161% to docking and zooming everything back out to 100%.

A specified communication resource (port) is already in use by another application.

Trying to debug a new Windows Phone 8 application today I came across this problem.  Whenever I hit F5, the emulator would start up like normal but Visual Studio would prompt me with a message box saying:

A specified communication resource (port) is already in use by another application.

Then the debugger would fail to start.  After trying all of the obvious options and restarting everything in sight, I stumbled across a bit of advice which worked for me.  Right click on your project and select Deploy.  This will copy all necessary code to the emulator.  After that you are free to hit F5 like normal.

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