VB Magic


Getting an ASP.NET MVC Razor site into the cloud

Filed under: ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Learning — Tags: , , , , , — vbmagic @ 12:53 pm

I started to work on a web role to test out experiments with ADO.net code first and ASP.NET MVC 3 with Razor. Out of the box, VS 2010 does not support ASP.net MVC 3 so I created the Azure project, then added a ASP.NET MVC 3 project separately. I then added that MVC project to the Azure project as a web role. Clicked run and all seemed to work fine.

But as with all things Azure, if it works in the developer environment, don’t expect it to automatically work in the cloud.

It didn’t. But I was expecting that. It was a bit hard to track down what the problems were as it only manifested as a web role that never seemed to get started.

Once I had worked out that meant it was missing core components for the web site, I was pleasantly surprised was how easy it was to fix this.

On your MVC 3 project right click the project solution and then select “Add Deployable Dependencies”

Then click the “ASP.NET MVC” and the “ASP.NET Web Pages with Razor syntax” check boxes and click ok.

You will then find a directory added to your project called _bin_deployableAssemblies.

All I did after this was “Deploy” the Azure Project and after waiting for the project to deploy into the cloud, it all started ok and worked.

I wish all problems were as easy to solve as this 🙂



Client/Server experiment with MVC3 and Windows Phone 7 (Part 2.1 – A few problems)

The back end code was very basic and really only like it is to allow me to start attempting to write a client which will consume services.

Switching over to the Windows Phone 7 development, I hit my first problem. I created a VB.Net Windows Phone application and tried to add a Service Reference to the project. I gave the URL of the service that I created in the previous entry and it came back with the correct information. I then named the service and clicked the Ok button. A few seconds later I started to get errors and warnings. The main error is shown here:

Custom tool error: Failed to generate code for the service reference

One of the things that seemed to cause issues is the service definition using wsHttpBinding, but after double checking, I had used basicHttpBinding which is currently the only supported binding for Windows Phone 7

Initially, I thought this was a VB.Net problem, but after some searching there were a few C# users out there with the same issue. Most of them had one thing in common. They had Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate edition installed. I then found someone who mentioned that the Visual Studio Express edition does not have this issue. So I un-installed Ultimate from my laptop (Which took me a whole weekend due to the amount of things that got installed, think before clicking complete in future 😉 ) and then went to download Visual Studio 2010 Express edition. Once this was installed I then re-installed the Windows Phone 7 SDK and the VB extension to the SDK and hit my second problem.

This first release of Visual Basic support for the Windows Phone Developer Tools requires that you have Visual Studio 2010 Professional or higher, and does not yet support Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone

So stopped there as well. At this point I was starting to get annoyed at the lack of VB.net support in general after the promise of joint evolution of the two languages. So I went back to web searching to try to see if there was any other solutions apart from the manual approach. I found that one person mentioned that it didn’t work in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate bit DID work in Visual Studio 2010 Professional. So back to installing software, This time Visual Studio 2010 Professional.

That done, I re-loaded the Windows Phone 7 project and right clicked the service and selected Update Service Definition. I waited with bated breath to see if it would work and it did. A huge sigh of relief I went on to start coding a client side of the learning project.

Note to self: “Just because you have an MSDN subscription which includes the Ultimate version of visual studio, it doesn’t mean that you should install it!”

…To be continued


Error 0x80070643 installing MVC 3 on a VS 2010 ultimate installation (Service Pack 1)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — vbmagic @ 11:30 am


I was getting the following error when trying to install MVC 3 on my Visual Studio 2010 ultimate installation. It happened in the initial part of the install. After some web searching I managed to find a solution that worked so I thought I would post the link to the blog post that helped.


Look for the second update on the page and follow those instructions to make it work. I hope Microsoft will fix this and re-release the installer.


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