How to recover Visual Studio 2015 from ‘-n’ is not a valid value for property ‘Width’?


If you get the above dialog while starting Visual Studio 2015, then do the following:

  • Open registry editor (Windows+r > regedit)
  • Navigate to the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0
  • Delete the “MainWindow” registry value

Now try opening Visual Studio 2015. It should start without any issues.


How to determine whether the binary string is a palindrome?

Method-1: Using the C++ standard library std::bitset.

 1 #include <iostream>
 2 #include <bitset>
 3 #include <string>
 5 using namespace std;
 7 int main(int argc, char* argv[])
 8 {
 9   int n, nbits;
11   cout << "Enter a number: ";
12   cin >> n;
14   bitset<sizeof(short) * 8> b(n);
15   cout << "Binary equivalent of " << n << ": " << b.to_string() << endl;
17   string bits = b.to_string();
18   string rbits = bits;
19   reverse(rbits.begin(), rbits.end());
21   if (bits == rbits)
22     cout << bits << " == " << rbits << endl;
23   else
24     cout << bits << " != " << rbits << endl;
26   return 0;
27 }

The above method is inefficient both in space and running time. For the sake of brevity, the extra copy of  ‘rbits‘  is used. The above method runs approximately in linear time (‘n‘ times for converting the bits to string and another ‘n‘ for reversing the string).

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How to build and install Boost.Log?

Update: Boost.Log is now part of the entire set of Boost Libraries since v1.54. The instructions on how to build Boost Log is available here: Configuring and building the Boost Log library

The following instructions are valid only for v1.0 of Boost Log.

This is a brain dump of the method followed by me to install Boost.Log. One important note before you build and install boost libraries: Make sure you have installed a threading library like pthreads. Most package managers should have them.

Now lets get on to the build steps:

  1. If you have installed Boost already from source, then its fine continue to next step. Otherwise download it from here (this link is for latest version as of this writing: v1.45). Extract the boost libraries at say: /opt. We can build the libraries along with Boost.Log.
  2. Download Boost.Log from Sourceforge.
  3. Extract the Boost.Log source archive in a folder – say /opt.
  4. Copy the log folder in: /opt/boost-log-1.0/boost to your boost source directory /opt/Boost_1_45_0/boost (assuming that you have extracted it in /opt).
  5. Copy the log folder in: /opt/boost-log-1.0/libs to your boost libs directory /opt/Boost_1_45_0/libs (assuming that you have extracted it in /opt).
  6. If you haven’t installed other Boost libraries, then follow these steps:
  • cd /opt/Boost_1_45_0
  • --show-libraries — this will list all the libraries that will be built and installed. You should see log listed as part of it.
  • --with-libraries=all --prefix=/usr/local --includedir=/usr/local/include --libdir=/usr/local/lib
  • ./bjam install

Finally make sure $LD_LIBRARY_PATH has /usr/local/lib (the path specified in bjam to install the built libraries) as part of it. If it is not edit your ~/.bashrc and add the following:


How to get the svn revision number of a particular commit object in git?

If you know the ‘SHA1 hash key’ for a commit you made to git and if you want to know the corresponding svn revision number here is what you do:

$ git svn log --show-commit | grep GIT-SHA1-KEY

GIT-SHA1-KEY‘ is the 128-bit key that git assigns for each commit.

If you know of any other ways to fetch the svn revision number of a git commit object, please post it in the comments. Thanks!