Command prompt here in Explorer Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8

As a developer, the ability to open a command prompt from within Explorer in the current folder, or selected folder is really useful. The alternative is to navigate using “cd whatever”. Well, not so obviously, Windows versions since Vista have a neat little feature that allows you to open up a command window from a selected folder from within Windows Explorer.

The trick is to right-lick on the folder you want to open in command prompt using SHIFT right-click and then selecting “Open Command Window here”.

Credit goes to @clawr on StackOverflow for this.

If you want a Visual Studio Command Prompt here, then you can add this to the registry. Here is an example for Visual Studio 2013:

If you want a different version of Visual Studio then change the version number! Credit goes to Chris Carroll.

If you want Linux style tools on Windows, I.e. those commands which you find on Unix systems (e.g. Ubuntu, Debian, etc) then I find it easiest to install Git Bash.

My App.config is exactly the same as from the traditional service, and the only other main difference is the installation process. For the Windows Service project, I actually created an installer project which generated a .msi installer, however for TopShelf, you simply launch cmd as Administrator and run the command NameOfService.exe install and similarly you uninstall with NameOfService.exe uninstall. Simple enough. My service started life as a Console Application as I was feeling my way around in the code, and it was much simpler to simply turn the Console app into a service using the TopShelf method, and using TopShelf you can create an application that can be run as both a service and a Console App.

From the mind of a nerd: Using TopShelf to create a Windows Service

At last a way to develop and test Windows Services painlessly.

Most of the people wonder if they can develop an iOS mobile application and deploy it on a device using windows, but let me tell you it is possible. There is just one cost-Apple Developer Account to get provisioning certificate and p12 file. So here’s guide how to get started. We will deploy a simple application in the tutorial.