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    “Invalid License Data” after VS 11 Beta to VS 2012 RC Upgrade

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    We’ve been seeing reports of some users hitting an “Invalid License Data” error on VS startup after upgrading from VS 11 Beta to VS 2012 RC. This could be due to upgrading from a “higher” Beta SKU (e.g. Ultimate) to a “lower” RC SKU (e.g. Professional...
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    Visual Studio @ UserVoice

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    We now have an official site for Visual Studio on UserVoice! Please use this as a way to send suggestions and feature requests to the Visual Studio team. For specific bugs and errors, please continue to use Microsoft Connect . http://visualstudio.uservoice...
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    Visual Studio Extensions and Build Servers

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    From time to time, we see questions around building a project created with the Visual Studio 2010 SDK on a build server (e.g. Team Foundation Build , TeamCity , CC.NET , etc…). The primary misconception that folks have is that you must install...
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    PerfWatson – Automatically report responsiveness issues in Visual Studio 2010

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    We’ve just released a new extension on the Visual Studio Gallery called PerfWatson . Have you ever seen this dreaded error message? Microsoft Visual studio is waiting for an internal operation to complete. If you regularly encounter this delay...
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    Custom Extension Types with VSIX

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    I just posted an article entitled “Custom Extension Types with VSIX” on the Visual Studio Blog . Check it out if you’re interested in distributing custom content (not necessarily code) as a Visual Studio extension.
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    Visual Studio 2010 Released

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    By now you’ve probably heard that we launched Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 today ! Download Visual Studio 2010 (MSDN subscribers only) Download Visual Studio 2010 SDK The Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) team has also posted a slew of...
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    Including Existing Templates in a VSIX Container

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    In the Visual Studio 2008 SDK, we have several samples (most notably, IronPythonIntegration) set up to use the ZipProject, ZipItem, and VSTemplate build actions to create template zip files. Last week, I published a post on the Visual Studio Blog discussing...
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    Targeting VS 2008 with the Visual Studio 2010 SDK

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    Recently, a customer asked us if it was possible to develop and debug a VB/C# extension with Visual Studio 2010 (and the 2010 SDK), but still have a binary that also works with VS 2008. This is indeed possible, but it requires some hacking of your project...
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    All Your RegKeys Are Belong To Us

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    I’ve been in many discussions lately with various folks about Visual Studio 2010 extensibility. Inevitably, someone suggests a solution to some problem involving changing/adding/deleting a registry key/value for an extension. If you need to do this, just...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (+SDK) on MSDN

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    We’ve just released Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (and the SDK) on MSDN. If you’re a MSDN subscriber, you can go grab the bits right away . There are also several other related announcements around RTM dates, pricing, and SKU’s: Soma’s Announcement Ars Technica...
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    Visual Studio 2010 User Interface Guidelines

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    One of the things you may notice is missing from the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 SDK (compared to 2008) are the user interface guidelines. You can now find the Visual Studio 2010 User Interface Guidelines at the following location: http://code.msdn.microsoft...
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    What is the “VSIX Project” template?

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    Disclaimer : This is about working with the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 SDK. Information is likely to be inaccurate for future or previous Visual Studio SDK releases. When you install the Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 , you’ll notice a new node in the new...
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    Pkgdef and the Experimental Instance in VS 2010

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    ***Disclaimer: This information is about Visual Studio 2010 only. The following may not be accurate for future releases.*** One of the new features we introduced with the Visual Studio 2008 Isolated Shell was the concept of a pkgdef file . Pkgdef is...
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    Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1

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    The Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 is now available for download. Be sure to check out the latest supplemental readme as you’re likely to encounter some of these issues in using the SDK.
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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Shipped

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    Somasegar (VP in charge of DevDiv) has just blogged that Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 has been released to the web. It will be available on MSDN in the next few hours, and available as a public download on Wednesday. (We will be releasing a matching Visual...
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    Consolas : Default Editor Font in VS 2010

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    Yesterday, the folks responsible for building the core text editor in Visual Studio announced that Consolas (10pt) will now be the default font in Visual Studio 2010. So long Lucida Console!
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    New Syndication URL

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    I’ve moved the syndication feed for this blog to use FeedBurner. If you read this blog via an RSS/Atom reader, please re-subscribe or update the feed settings to use the following URL: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/AaronMarten
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    Update on Extension Manager and Visual Studio 2010

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    Jason Zander , the General Manager for Visual Studio, has just announced some more details (with screenshots) on the new look and feel for Visual Studio 2010 (which relies heavily on WPF). In the same post, he also includes a screenshot of the new Visual...
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    F# Included in Visual Studio 2010

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    Don Syme has just announced that F# will ship in the box with Visual Studio 2010 .
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    Extension Manager

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    One of the new features we plan on shipping for VS 2010 that I've been heads down on for the past few months is the "Extension Manager". I'll be posting more details about it here over the next several months. For the meantime, you can hear...
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    Split Window / New Window – Bad Painting Behavior in your Language Service

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    Recently, a question was asked on the VSX Forum about bad behavior from a language service after the user issues a “split window” or “new window” command. (Fonts are wrong, scroll bars don’t work and are corrupt, etc…...
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    BooLangStudio

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    The Boo programming language now has a Codeplex project called BooLangStudio which adds Boo intellisense, project templates, etc… to Visual Studio. Cool!
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    Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 Released

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    Earlier this week, we released the Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 . This is the SDK which is compatible with Visual Studio 2008 SP1. The blog post linked above has more details on new features and fixes in this release.
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    Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Shipped

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    We shipped Visual Studio 2008 SP1 & .NET 3.5 SP1 to the web this morning! Soma has more details. We are currently putting the finishing touches on the Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 (which targets SP1) and plan on releasing it soon.
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    VSX Developer Conference : Sep 15-16, 2008 - Redmond, WA

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    In just a few weeks, we’ll be hosting a conference here in Redmond at the Microsoft Conference Center devoted to covering Visual Studio Extensibility. I’ll be presenting a session entitled “Deploying VSX Projects”. One of the best...
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