Today I was about to deploy an app to the server when I realized I had been building against .NET 4.5 while the server only had .NET 4.0 on it. After changing the Framework version, I started getting errors.

'System.Net.Http.HttpContent' does not contain a definition for 'ReadAsAsync' ...

Read more to see how I finally fixed it after wasting almost 3 hours.

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If the Blank App template were a sheet of white printer paper, the Navigation App template would be a sheet of graph paper -- both are essentially empty, but one provides some helpful structure. By contrast, the Grid App or Split App templates might be pages from a coloring book, where the outline of your application is provided and only the details must be filled in.

(from my upcoming book)

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Debugging Windows Store apps in the Simulator is a pretty slick idea that mostly works.


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You may or may not know that I am currently writing a book.  If you didn't, now you do.  That's a picture of the cover.

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Update 5/4/2013: Source code now available on GitHub.   I just spent a couple hours writing a Windows Store application for use at our Deeper in .NET conference this weekend.  It's a simple app that displays the time remaining until the next session starts, and also allows you to cycle through slides (image files only) during the countdown.  Event Timer was initially published on 4/4/13.  You can find it and screenshots in the Windows Store.  For now, and for... [More]
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I'm rebuilding my computer after a hard drive failure, and I keep running into issues where things I've taken for granted are missing – things such as the "VS Command Prompt Here" Windows Explorer context menu items. Years ago, Scott Hanselman posted INF files to add VS 2005 to the context menu. Using that as inspiration, I've created a version of the file for VS 2008 and another for VS 2010. For what it's worth, I tweaked his VS 2005 file because my copy of VS is installed in "P... [More]
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Have you ever been in one of those meetings where it seems that everyone in the company is there, even though they don’t need to be?  I think everyone has and it is especially frustrating when you are one of the ones that doesn’t really need to be there. Well, based on a web site I saw a few weeks ago (the link escapes me at the moment), I wrote a little Windows Mobile app that will calculate just how much any given meeting is costing you and your clients. It’s a pretty simple application... [More]
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I have an HTC Windows Mobile phone (touch screen + keyboard).  For the last several weeks, I’ve been using a trial version of Twikini to access my Twitter stream. I really got to like it.  There are a few things I’d like improved.  For example, on refresh it seems to have to get the whole stream and reload it rather than just getting updates since the last request.  Also, it does a timeline refresh after I tweet instead of just adding mine to the list on the client side.... [More]
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June is just a week away.  That’s insane.  It’s cliché to say it, but time goes so fast.  My son is already four months old, and my daughter is getting hilariouser by the moment.  (I know some of you may not consider hilariouser a word, but as I mentioned before, I make up words and add them to my dictionary to get rid of the red squiggles.) So anyway, I went to Tech-Ed a couple weeks ago and it was great.  I had a lot of fun, met a lot of people, caught up with a lot o... [More]
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On Friday, April 17, Jeffrey Palermo will be giving a full-day seminar on ASP.NET MVC at UWM in Milwaukee.  The event isn’t free, but is affordable at $125 – cheap for a day-long training session, especially from someone of Jeffrey’s caliber. If you’re interested, you can find out more at Jeffrey’s blog.  I’m hoping to be able to go myself, but haven’t got that worked out yet. P.S. This is not a WI .NET Users Group event, so I don’t have any more details than what you can find on Jef... [More]
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