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  • Blog Post: Good thing to know when making a custom editor

    Good thing to know when making a custom editor By Matthew Manela (Developer Solution Intern) Here’s a walkthrough to a problem I ran into when I was trying to create a custom editor that lets you change what language the code window is in on the fly.  Here is the situation: You are developing a...
  • Blog Post: Commands not working in Editor?

    Sean talks more at http://blogs.msdn.com/vseditor/archive/2005/05/12/417011.aspx Quick summary: To avoid issue – try not to set tool windows to auto-hide. Experiencing issue? – activate the auto-hiding tool window and close it I personally haven’t hit this issue, but others have.  I guess I can...
  • Blog Post: Blame me if you don’t see Brief or Emacs keybindings in the Beta 2 Standard SKU

    Update:   Sean has a much better workaround at http://blogs.msdn.com/vseditor/archive/2005/04/26/412307.aspx Sometimes being a QA reminds me of when I was a soccer referee – you’re only as good as your last call or the last bug you missed.  I’ve seen a couple of MSDN forum posts now about missing...
  • Blog Post: Cool new little Editor feature in the Dec CTP – Edit.PasteParameterTip

    It’s really the simple things in life. Ever had a long list of parameters for a method and didn’t want to have to look down at the tooltip to know where you were at in this list? Check out Edit.PasteParameterTip. Under the General Development Settings, it is mapped to Ctrl+Alt+Shift+P, but you can change...
  • Blog Post: I Love VS Core Channel 9 Videos

    Josh went around and video’ed a bunch of us at work in our offices. It has been an interesting experience sharing an office with the PM for the features I’m testing, to say the least. My job is to break all the stuff that Sean demo’ed, and then to write the automation to break it some more. You might...
  • Blog Post: Guidelines – a hidden feature for the Visual Studio Editor

    Update 12/2/2004:  Uploaded an image from Visual Studio 2005 Beta.  Note the image below shows guidelines at column numbers 5 and 30, but the regkey value is RBG(255,0,0), 4, 29.  The Guideline column numbers are 0-based in the registry. Update 11/29/2004: I’ve corrected the two (embarrassing...
  • Blog Post: More Tips on Writing Good Bug Reports

    Marie has done an awesome job writing up the most complete “how to file a good bug report” I’ve ever seen on paper: http://blogs.msdn.com/productfeedback/archive/2004/09/27/235003.aspx Two things I really want to emphasize: Good bug titles – we have lots of bugs in the database. Lots. It is important...
  • Blog Post: Code Snippets 101

    I’ve been testing the new Code Snippets feature heavily the past couple of days. Meghan (Editor Dev Lead) and Sean (Editor PM) have good information about Code Snippets on the VS Editor blog: Code Snippets – a way to be more efficient in writing code Code Snippet – Schema Description Definitely let me...
  • Blog Post: A Few Editor Tips and Tricks I Learned from the Full Test Pass

    I’m getting close to finishing all of our manual test cases for our Full Test Pass, which has helped me tremendously to learn about my new feature area. Here is my list of tips and tricks that I’ve collected over the past couple of weeks: Tip #1 – Code Drag and Drop Make sure the Tools – Options – Text...
  • Blog Post: I've moved to the Editor team!

    Ever since I started at Microsoft on the Visual Studio team, I’ve always wanted to own the editor. You can’t have a development environment without an editor, so I’m really excited to own such a critical aspect of Visual Studio. Some of my new feature areas ownerships within the Editor include: Statement...
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