Category Archives: Programming

c# – Get Product Version and Assembly Version of external application

Sometimes it is needed to know version of external application’s  Product Version or Assembly Version. It is actually very easy task.

As not version information parts might not be present the try-catch is a must. On other hand there is nothing to do if error occurs, so it is just ignored. Now we set version info… Read More »

c# – Windows File Explorer extension for creating url shortcuts – Part 2

In previous post we stated extension for creating url shortcuts. Now it is time to create actual file explorer menu items and get the basics working. First let’s create small class what will deal with needed registry entries. Creating contect menu items is quite simple, just two entries in registry.  

To handle registration and… Read More »

5 cents hint – msi installer is not updating exe or additional dll-s

After struggling with the issue found simple solution. Open the AssemblyInfo.cs file for your project, and change AssemblyVersion to [assembly: AssemblyVersion(“1.0.*”)] then the assembly version information is automatically updated each time you build the project. Then comment out or remove the AssemblyFileVersion entry from the same file, so the file version defaults the same as… Read More »

c# – Windows File Explorer extension for creating url shortcuts – Part 1

I like to save interesting websites as file system shortcuts in OneDrive directiory. It works nice using New->Shortcut in file explorer, but there is room for improvement. In first part we will look how to fetch website info and create url shortcut and in second will convert prepared code to file explorer extension. Development is easier using… Read More »

c# – Binding Textbox to System.Guid field

Today we look a bit closer on using Guid fields and binding them to edit controls. Binding itself is easy. For simple test let’s load dataset from file data.xml and bind and  and it to TextBox on screen. For simplicity data file is located on program’s  rood directory, so no full path given.

dataset… Read More »

C# Application Launcher with autoupdate. Part 1

Today we start article about application launcher with autoupdate feature. By default Visual Studio offers ClickOnce publishing. It has lot of nice features with all kind bells  and whistles. But there area also some shortcomings like hardcoded url for update and install, no option to have simultaneously installed multiple versions of same application, no option to pass… Read More »