ReSharper 10 Speed Woes

I love ReSharper, I really do feel slightly lost when using Visual Studio and hitting Alt+Enter doesn’t offer the same code sugar rush I’ve come to expect.  But I’ve gotta say that VS2015 Update 2 with ReSharper 10.0.2 is just starting to get to a point where the marriage seems to be stagnating.

For the first time since I started using ReSharper all those years ago I’m reaching for the suspend button.  I’m regularly seeing it use such a vast amount of my CPU cycles that I just cannot justify leaving ReSharper active all the time.  There are certain problems I know work on where the syntax can structure can see the instance of of Visual Studio running ReSharper start using 80+% of my i7.

That’s a LOT of CPU grunt.  I should really also say that as far as I can tell so far Visual Studio 2015 seems to be the buggiest RTM version I have used.  I have multiple issues at the moment with no solid workaround or even much help/input from Microsoft.

The versions of tools I have here are:

  • Visual Studio 2015 (14.0.25029.00 Update 2 RC)
  • .NET 4.6.01038
  • ReSharper 10.0.2 (104.0.20151218.120627)

There is a guide provided by JetBrains for speeding up ReSharper.  You could argue that having a guide like this acknowledges there is an issue, which I think is both fair and slightly unfair.  Either way I’m a die-hard fan and even I’ve had to resort to looking over this guide and trying to arrive at a feature/usefulness balance that I can life with day-to-day.  Seeing delays of 2 seconds between key presses is the makings of pure frustration but it is what I have been seeing on occasions, at times like that ReSharper is anything but a productivity tool.

I was working on a solution the other day and was having some serious issues with the performance I was seeing, I switched from using ReSharper intellisense to using the built in Visual Studio intellisense and was genuinely shocked to see the immediate difference.  The difference in speed was actually shocking.

This is actually the first thing I would suggest people try in order to speed up their system.  It appears ReSharper is doing an awful lot of text chugging in order to arrive at some of the suggestions and naming options.  Whilst useful, in the particular section of code I was writing (View constraints in a Xamarin iOS solution) the processing was just killing my machine.

Will keep this up-to-date with anything useful I find along the way.


App Store App Submission – Continual Failure and Obfuscation

The App Store has to be one of the flakiest “services” I’ve ever had the displeasure of having forced on me.  App submissions seem to fail constantly, more often than not, with little or no real error information.  I am genuinely in shock about how bad the entire iOS software distribution process it.  It is thoroughly, thoroughly broken.

The first submission I did failed 3 times even to just get the build up onto the Apple servers.  When it finally made it onto their server to took an overnight wait to get out of the “Processing” status and into a state where I could push it to our testers.  This second time I’ve wanted to push a new build it’s uploaded all 4 times I’ve tried but failed “Processing” 4 times as well.  Two days and 5 builds (from the same source code) and I’m nowhere nearer getting this build out to testers.

Local validations pass, then an upload fails, try again, upload works … processing fails … ad nauseam.

Episode IV – A New Build

I uploaded a new version of that same app to the app store last night for instance.  Waited nearly an hour watching the “(Processing)” text again,  got thoroughly bored waiting and went to bed.  Woke up this morning to the incredibly helpful message:

There was an error importing this build

No error information, no reasoning, nothing to work from, nada, zilch …

And now since Apple refuse to accept another upload with the same build number I have to push EXACTLY the same code-base through my build pipeline just to artificially up the version number to suit Apple.  Shambolic.

According to this thread I am not alone.  This seems to be quite an issue in fact.  And it’s not related to Xamarin since it’s happening to Obj-C and Swift app developers alike.

Now that I have made a new build with a new version number, I cannot even get this build to upload through XCode.  I now get:

This action could not be completed.  Try Again. (-22421)

I’m PAYING Apple for this service … real cash money … I expect more, a LOT more.  You can see from this SO thread that the problem happens often.  If you get an error from a system like this and the “fix” is to just repeat the same steps until it does work is absolutely 100% proof of a piss poor architecture behind the scenes.

No wonder Apple use Microsoft Azure as the real back-end powering iCloud, they simple couldn’t build Azure.

Fixes like “as with everything XCode a reboot fixed the problem” is hilarious.  Just proves to me all these people that make out that Apple stuff “just works” really aren’t using their systems for anything other than looking at cat videos.


Another error I get when validating the archive before submission is:

iTunes Store operation failed

Seriously Apple, you need to clear up this embarrassing mess of a process.  This is XCode 7.2.1 not XCode 0.5.

Application Loader vs XCode

Confusingly, there are two methods to get (I say get generously as neither are working reliably) apps into the App Store.  XCode only deals with xcarchive files via the organiser in XCode.  Whereas Application Loader only deals with .ipa files.  Confused?  Yes well, confusion is name of the Apple game.  Application loader always fails on the API analysis stage, but don’t worry the message is only an advisory note that something else in your distribution tool chain is frankly shit.

The fact that these two methods seem to behave so differently and support completely different workflows suggests to my developer mind that they aren’t even using the same code to perform what should be a standardised process.  It’s not like the App Store is new …

XCode has told me every time that my binary is valid but it so far has always failed once it hits the Apple servers and the LONG 4+ hour wait while they are “Processing” it.  Jeez, people moaning about Microsoft should have a look at Apple if you wanna see a mess at work.

This from the richest company in the world, literally inexcusable.  I wouldn’t mind so much if it actually gave any hint at all as to what the issue might be.  “It Failed” is literally useless.

Error Message At Last

So on my third attempt to get my app up to Apple, I only had to wait 4 hours to be told that processing had failed again.  However, this time I actually got an error message, hidden under the little red exclamation mark:


However, what that actually means is anyone’s guess, I cannot find much about it online which leads me to believe this isn’t an error that should ever make it to the UI.  Half an hour later and that little error message has disappeared anyway.  It’s now back to the useless “It Failed” crap.  I haven’t received any other info from Apple.  Nothing, no emails, no explanation and no advice and obviously, nothing in my TestFlight dashboard.

I literally give up, I’m waiting for a few days until I even bother trying again.

Seriously, Apple this is a shambles.

Apple System Status

Due to all these App Store frustrations I found a useful link on my journey of failure.  Apple System Status link.  You can see from here that iTunes Connect is experiencing issues.


The Decline of Ebay

Ebay used to be great.  Today, however, was the last nail in the coffin for me.  Either as a seller, or a buyer.

When perusing the site these days I regularly see items that are wildly overpriced, even when compared to “normal” retailers, and often not just by a small margin but by orders of magnitude more expensive.  The original core attraction to Ebay was not only it’s auction format but the change to get a good deal.  After the auction novelty wears off and the Ebay business ego inflates along with its fees, what are you left with?  A massively over-complicated and expensive e-commerce site.

Finding items has become a hit-and-miss chore.  Then when you do find what you’re looking for the price is either the same as other sites or wildly over-priced (no doubt desperate sellers trying to recoup the inflated final selling fees).  The search feature is something lots of sellers are complaining about.  It since Ebay took the hosting in-house during 2015 and started “tinkering”.

Anyway, I completed my last Ebay sell last month, never again will I darken your site.  I sold an item for £145 – the cost to me £11 shipping – £14.50 final value fees.  £14.50 – 10%!!!!!  This makes Ebay utterly irrelevant for me to ever sell another item.  Free listing my arse, you’ve just up the final value fees.  So after 13 years bye, bye Ebay.  You just don’t make sense any more.

Searching through the discussion forums proves for some sobering reading for any sellers.  Droves of messages from sellers detailing how their sales , literally, fell off a cliff over the Summer of 2015.

Messages along the lines of:

we were doing $250k a month until the summer, now we’re lucky to do $50k a month – we have 20 staff and are looking at bankruptcy within months at this rate

Seems this is incredibly common and is utterly unsustainable for either Ebay or the sellers.  I think this is truly the final decline of Ebay.  My personal usage has ground to a halt over the last 12 months in any capacity and it seems this is true for a very large number of people.

You can read some here.

RIP Ebay.