Andrew Arnott

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  • Blog Post: ImmutableObjectGraph has some big updates now, and more coming soon

    I was able to work out a model for continued open source development of ImmutableObjectGraph -- at least in a limited way. This means that the 16 month silence on the public repo is over, and I was able to push a bunch of the commits I had been keeping internal to the public. For those of you not...
  • Blog Post: Enable C++ and Javascript project system tracing

    I’ve previously posted on how to enable logging in the C++ project system in Visual Studio 2010 . In Visual Studio 2012 we’ve changed the way the Common Project System (aka “CPS”) emits trace messages so below I introduce an updated xml snippet that works in Visual Studio 2012...
  • Blog Post: Visual C++ 2012 Debugger Extensibility

    Back in Visual C++ 2010 we introduced debugger extensibility so that third party vendors can either add new debugger engines or new ways of launching existing debugger engines for C++ projects.  In Visual C++ 2012 this debugger extensibility has been updated.  Any previous extensions that were...
  • Blog Post: VC++ Debugger Extensibility

    Visual C++ 2010 includes a debugger extensibility point that makes it easy for people who have written their own debuggers, or wish to modify the way existing debuggers are launched, to do so. Check out the Visual C++ Debugger Launch Extension project template on the Visual Studio Gallery to get started...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 editor vs. gVim over Remote Desktop

    For those of you who may think WPF is too slow, you gotta check this out. Visual Studio 2010's new WPF-based code editor is lightening fast, especially when compared over a fast FiOS Remote Desktop connection to gVim!
  • Blog Post: If the MS Office team wrote Visual Studio

    Some humorous pros and cons to Visual Studio, if the Microsoft Office team were ever to take over. (disclaimer: this is a tongue in cheek post.  No offense -- only laughs intended) Visual Studio 2008 would be able to load VC7 projects, modify them in any way VC7 allowed, and save the project back...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio trick to quickly find any file in solution

    You know that Find text box in the toolbar of Visual Studio?  Those of us who are keyboard-inclined probably never use it because Ctrl+F is quicker than moving your hand to the mouse.  But there is a hidden gem of a feature inside it that really makes me feel like a power user that I wanted...
  • Blog Post: Why your Visual Studio add-in fails to load with error 0x80004005

    Writing Visual Studio add-ins gives you the power to do some impressive things within the IDE to enhance your productivity.  Unfortunately getting your add-in to load into Visual Studio can sometimes be a pain.  Here's just a tip you should know about the .AddIn file that Visual Studio generates...
  • Blog Post: Why double-clicking on an .SLN file doesn't always launch Visual Studio

    Well this is my first post as a member of the Visual Studio Platform & Ecosystem team.  My second full day on the job, and I've found some less-than-ideal areas of Visual Studio that I'm eager to improve for myself and for you, our customers.  How exciting.  I'll do my best to post...
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