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VS2017 Community .vsconfig file – Visual Studio Community workload and component IDs | Microsoft Docs

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/03/10

When I need to find out what components match my below installed .vsconfig component IDs for Visual Studio 2017 community edition, I can find them in: [WayBack] Visual Studio Community workload and component IDs | Microsoft Docs: Use workload and component IDs to install Visual Studio by using the command line or to specify as a dependency in a VSIX manifest.

    "version": "1.0",
    "components": [

This comes in very useful when installing Visual Studio 2017 through chocolatey:

chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017community
:: "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.ManagedDesktop", 
chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017-workload-manageddesktop
:: "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NativeDesktop", 
chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017-workload-nativedesktop
:: "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.Universal", 
chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017-workload-universal
:: "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NetWeb", 
chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017-workload-netweb
:: "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.Azure", 
chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017-workload-azure
:: "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.Python", 
chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017-workload-python
:: "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.Node", 
chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017-workload-node
:: "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.Office", 
chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017-workload-office
:: "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NetCrossPlat", 
chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017-workload-netcrossplat
:: "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.VisualStudioExtension", 
chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017-workload-visualstudioextension
:: "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NativeCrossPlat", 
chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017-workload-nativecrossplat
:: "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NetCoreTools", 
chocolatey install -yes visualstudio2017-workload-netcoretools

Visual Studio 2017 related Packages I still need to research from [WayBack] GitHub – jberezanski/ChocolateyPackages: Chocolatey packages maintained by me:


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A choco install list

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/02/03

Sometimes I forget the choco install mnemonics for various tools, so here is a small list below.

Of course you have to start with an administrative command prompt, and have a basic Chocolatey Installation in place.

If you want to clean cruft:

choco install --yes choco-cleaner

Basic install:

choco install --yes 7zip
choco install --yes everything
choco install --yes notepadplusplus
choco install --yes beyondcompare
choco install --yes git.install --params "/GitAndUnixToolsOnPath /NoGitLfs /SChannel /NoAutoCrlf /WindowsTerminal"
choco install --yes hg
choco install --yes sourcetree
choco install --yes sysinternals

For VMs (pic one):

choco install --yes vmware-tools
choco install --yes virtio-drivers

For browsing (not sure yet about Chrome as that one has a non-admin installer as well):

choco install --yes firefox

For file transfer (though be aware that some versions of Filezilla contained adware):

choco install --yes filezilla
choco install --yes winscp

For coding:

choco install --yes vscode
choco install --yes atom

For SQL server:

choco install --yes sql-server-management-studio

For web development / power user:

choco install --yes fiddler

For SOAP and REST:

choco install --yes soapui

If you don’t like manually downloading SequoiaView at (

choco install --yes windirstat

For drawing, image manipulation ( last, as it needs a UI action):

choco install --yes gimp
choco install --yes imagemagick
choco install --yes

For ISO image mounting in pre Windows 10:

choco install --yes wincdemu

For hard disk management:

choco install --yes hdtune
choco install --yes seatools
choco install --yes speedfan

For Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners (not sure yet this includes PDF support):

choco install --yes scansnapmanager


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Editors (including visual studio code – VSCode): insert tab character manually – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/11/11

Sometimes you are in search of a real TAB character, as most editors (except a few like the ones for Golang) I bump into are space-based. A great answer at [WayBack] visual studio code – VSCode insert tab character manually – Stack Overflow:

Quick-and-dirty solution: Find a tab somewhere else, then copy-paste.

Chances are that you already have a tab character in the file you are editing, but if not you can generate one in another application or text editor.

You can also generate a tab programmatically in a bash shell with the following command (the brackets are optional):

echo -e [\\t]

For your more immediate needs, I have inserted a tab character below…

    There is a tab character between these brackets: [ ]


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Visual Studio Code on Mac and Linux can also use the mssql extension

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/09/29

Cool, this works in a Mac and Linux too: mssql extension for VS Code.



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PlantUML – Visual Studio Marketplace

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/08/12

This and built-in markdown support made the switch to Visual Studio code from so much easier: [WayBack] PlantUML – Visual Studio Marketplace. was already on my list of tools to say good bye to: though a good project to show the versatility of the Electron Framework, over time – like Google Chrome – it had become a memory and CPU hog and a drag to use and update.

Integrating debuggers and other parts of the development life cycle involved too much fuzz, for which Visual Studio code (also known as vscode) was much easier from the start.

Probably Visual Studio code did not suffer from what the Dutch call Law of the handicap of a head start: it is much more responsive and versatile than Also the plugins – despite having come to the market later – feel way more mature in Visual Studio code than

Finally, the PlantUML support extension for vscode is so much nicer than in, it for instance supports live updating and in addition to local rendering, rendering through a PlantUML server (see [WayBack] GitHub – plantuml/plantuml-server: PlantUML Online Server).

Source code is at [WayBack] GitHub – qjebbs/vscode-plantuml: Rich PlantUML support for Visual Studio Code.

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