Friday, December 11, 2009

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Crashing on Startup?

I had Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 installed and running for a few weeks, and then suddenly, it started crashing every time I tried to start it. I uninstalled, re-installed, etc., but the problem turned out to be a font viewer program I had installed. For some reason, the date-time modified of some random ttf file in the Windows Fonts folder had gotten changed.

Microsoft has a workaround posted at . I downloaded a freeware program called "FileTouch" from After I opened a DOS window, navigated to the %windir%\Fonts folder, and ran "FileTouch wingdng3.ttf", Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 started up with no problems.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Find NOT NULL Columns Without DEFAULT Constraints

This is really handy when you have a large legacy database where the previous owner forgot to add DEFAULT constraints to the NOT NULL columns.

This script has been moved to the Schema Analysis scripts page.