Mark Michaelis
Mark Michaelis (Blog)is the founder of IntelliTect and serves as the Chief Technical Architect and Trainer. Since 1996, he has been a Microsoft MVP for C#, Visual Studio Team System, and the Windows SDK and in 2007, he was recognized as a Microsoft Regional Director. He also serves on several Microsoft software design review teams, including C#, the Connected Systems Division, and VSTS. Mark speaks at developer conferences and has written numerous articles and books - Essential C# 5.0 is his most recent. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology. When not bonding with his computer, Mark is busy with his family or training for another Ironman (having completed his first in 2008). Mark lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife Elisabeth and three children, Benjamin, Hanna and Abigail.

C# Exception Handling

November 9, 2015 / No Comment

“C# 6.0 included two new exception handling features. First, it included support for exception conditions—the ability to provide an expression that filters out an exception from entering catch block before the stack unwinds. Second, it included async support from within a catch block, something that wasn’t possible in C# 5.0 when async was added to […]

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DevOps Metrics

October 20, 2015 / No Comment

For the past several months, I have been participating with the DevOps Metrics team following the DevOps Forum 2015 earlier this year. The topic of discussion was Metrics related to DevOps and today I presented on the topic at the 2015 DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco in a talk entitled Metrics that Matter.  The […]

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Guidelines for Exception Handling in C#

September 14, 2015 / 1 Comment

The following is a list of C# Exceptions Handling Guidelines taken from Essential C# by Mark Michaelis. Exception handling provides much-needed structure to the error-handling mechanisms that preceded it. However, it can still lead to some unwieldy results if used haphazardly. The following guidelines offer some best practices for exception handling. Catch only the exceptions […]

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EntityFramework’s Update-Database Fails with “Invalid directory on URL.”

June 12, 2015 / 1 Comment

While running Visual Studio 2015 RC (VS2015) you may encounter an error when referencing the EntityFramework Nuget package (at least on v6.1.3) stating the following:

The error specifically occurs when running  Update-Database  from within the Package Manager or when using Package Manager Console. The issue arises from within the EntityFramework module file (EntityFramework.psm1).  The specific […]

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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: .Net, Blog, EntityFramework

Road to the Cloud: Seattle Business Strategy and Networking for ISVs

January 30, 2015 / No Comment

Road to the Cloud: Seattle Business Strategy and Networking for ISVs will be led by Mark Michaelis on Tuesday, February 17, 2014 from 1:00-6:00. Business leaders of independent software vendor organizations (ISVs) face increasing challenges in today’s software market. Many companies that have historically bought packaged software solutions are evaluating software as a service (SaaS) […]

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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: Blog, Cloud, Events, Headlines

The CIL of C# 6.0’s String Interpolation

January 2, 2015 / 2 Comments

One of the C# 6.0 features that will most simply and perhaps most predominantly affect the way you write C# code in the future is string interpolation.  Besides explaining composite string formatting (the old way – string.Format("{0} {1}", firstName, lastName) ) or obviously being relegated to a pre-C# 6.0 world, there is little reason to revert back from the […]

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IntelliTect Hosts Hour of Code at Central Valley High School

December 29, 2014 / No Comment

Central Valley High School and IntelliTect  are joining the mission to introduce 100 million students to computer science by participating in the Hour of Code the week of December 8-14th. IntelliTect Chief Technical Architect and Trainer, Mark Michaelis and Central Valley High School’s Mr. Joseph Pauley worked together on Wednesday, December 10th to introduce two […]

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IntelliTect and Local Businesses Hold Holiday Home Essentials Drive

December 23, 2014 / No Comment

This holiday season IntelliTect invited several local businesses to participate in a household essentials drive to benefit the Spokane based organizations Hearth Homes and the Northwest Connect Hands Up Non-Food Pantry. The drive took place December 1-12th at Tilton Excavation Co., The Liberty Lake Athletic Club, Northwest Health Systems and Casey Family Dental. “We have […]

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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: Blog, Philanthropy

MSCORELIB Classes that work with using static in C# 6.0

November 15, 2014 / No Comment

While writing another MSDN magazine article on C# 6.0 (the third because the language continues to improve) I was looking for a good example of when to use the new “using static” feature.  Towards this effort, I used PowerShell to crawl through all the MSCORELIB types and output the ones meeting the following criteria: The […]

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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: .Net, Blog, C#, PowerShell

Visual Studio 2015 Installs Google Chrome

November 12, 2014 / No Comment

Remarkable!!! Microsoft is now installing Google Chrome via Visual Studio 2015

AUTHOR: CATEGORY: .Net, Visual Studio


Not only did I enjoy the overview of multiple features, but this was also useful for developers and QA as well!
- Seminar Attendee, Visual Studio 2010, Spokane, WA
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