How many times have you done some web development and used following method to attach your Visual Studio Debugger to w3wp.exe (a.k.a. Debug > Attach to Process –method): And then you scroll the long list and find your w3wp.exe and press attach:
I’ll bet that you have done that a lot :-) At least I have. Let’s create macro that does that very same thing but so that you don’t have to take your fingers of the keyboard. First open up Macro Explorer (using View > Other windows > Macro Explorer or just hit Alt-F8). Then open up example AttachToCalc macro under Samples > VSDebugger: Right click and select edit: Copy contents of that and create new macro under My Macros: And give it a name MyVSDebugger. Then paste the source code to it. Then modify the process name from calc.exe to w3wp.exe and remove the Exit For. You should have something like this left:
Public Module MyVSDebugger
' This subroutine attaches to w3wp.exe:
Dim attached As Boolean = False
Dim proc As EnvDTE.Process
For Each proc In DTE.Debugger.LocalProcesses
If (Right(proc.Name, 8) = "w3wp.exe") Then
attached = True
If attached = False Then
MsgBox("Couldn't find w3wp.exe")
Now we’re ready to use that. If you want to build your solution you can Ctrl-Shift-B and if you want to attach to w3wp.exe you’ll just press Ctrl-Shift-V. This is extremely handy if you have Post-Build event nicely set.
Anyways... Happy hacking!