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  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Visual Studio 2010 Image Library

    I was in the middle of creating UI mockups for some extensions I’ve been working on and realized that I needed some icons to polish off the sketch.  Sure, I could have just grabbed a screenshot of VS, opened up my favorite image editor , and pulled out the icon that I needed…but what if my “perfect...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Quickly Closing Documents

    In VS 2010, we made a design decision to move the “X” from the right side of the Tab Well to within each tab. Before (VS 2008) After (VS 2010) The majority of feedback around this change was positive, but, as with most UI changes, there has been a vocal group that preferred the older placement...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Clipboard Ring and Toolbox Snippets

    I was spending some time responding to Connect bugs the other day when I ran across this suggestion : “It would be nice to have a clip board history window that could be next to the control toolbox as a nice utility window. (Often in presentations I see Microsoft presenters using a custom clipboard...
  • Blog Post: WPF in Visual Studio 2010 – Part 3 : Focus and Activation

    Continuing the WPF in Visual Studio 2010 series, today’s post is on the subject of “Focus and Activation”. Of all the problems we had to deal with in the new WPF UI, this was probably the most tricky to get right. Focus problems are notoriously hard to debug, partly because interacting...
  • Blog Post: WPF in Visual Studio 2010 – Part 2 : Performance tuning

    This post, the second in a series of articles on Visual Studio 2010’s use of WPF, covers tips and techniques for optimizing performance of WPF applications, and also several areas where we needed to tune Visual Studio 2010 in order to squeeze the best out of WPF. The first post in the series covered...
  • Blog Post: Marshal.ReleaseComObject Considered Dangerous

    This post describes a problem we encountered and solved during the development of Visual Studio 2010 when we rewrote some components in managed code. In this post I’ll describe the problem and what we did to solve it. This is a rather lengthy technical discussion and I apologize in advance for its dryness...
  • Blog Post: WPF in Visual Studio 2010 - Part 1 : Introduction

    This is the first part in a seven part series. Links to the other parts are included at the bottom of this post. Now that the Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2010 is publicly available, we’ve started receiving questions from inquisitive users about how Visual Studio 2010 itself was built...
  • Blog Post: CodeCast Interview: VS 2010 Shell with Weston Hutchins

    Ken Levy and I sat down last week to chat about the new VS 2010 IDE and some of the great features we’ve added for this release. From the CodeCast site : “In this episode of CodeCast, Ken Levy interviews Weston Hutchins, program manager on the Visual Studio Shell team (team responsible for the core IDE...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio First Launch Sequence

    With the upcoming Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate around the corner, I would like to talk briefly about some changes we have made to the first-launch-after-installation sequence. Many of you may notice that the first time you start VS after installing, once you have selected a profile, it takes...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Ctrl+E to Search in New Project Dialog and Extension Manager

    Here’s a quick tip of the day for anyone who wants to quickly use the new search feature of the New Project Dialog and the Extension Manager. You can press Ctrl+E to quickly set focus to the search box. Did you know that this same keyboard shortcut also works in Windows Explorer, IE and other applications...
  • Blog Post: Customizing Visual Studio 2010

    Don’t like where a button is by default? Go ahead and move it. To speed up your workflow, add handy commands to a context menu. To reduce clutter, remove commands that you never use. Yes, customizing the UI can take a little while to get it just right, but doing so will provide you with a workspace...
  • Blog Post: Behind the Scenes: The Splash Screen

    Paul Harrington – Principal Developer, Visual Studio Shell Team Short Bio: Paul Harrington is a principal software developer on the Visual Studio platform team. He has worked on every version of Visual Studio .Net to date. Prior to joining the Visual Studio team in 2000, Paul spent six years working...
  • Blog Post: Tips and tricks: Window Management – Aero Snapping

    Adrian Collier – Program Manager, Visual Studio Shell Team Short Bio : I started at Microsoft as an intern in 2004 back in the UK and crossed the pond last year to work on Popfly, since then I’ve been working in Visual Studio land primarily working on the Start Page and window management areas if the...
  • Blog Post: How to Fix “The application cannot start” Error

    Weston Hutchins – Program Manager, Visual Studio Shell Team Short Bio : I started at Microsoft as an intern in 2005 and have been working in Visual Studio ever since. I’m currently a PM on the VS Shell Team. No, not the “ Isolated ” or “ Integrated ” Shell, but the core VS IDE – it’s UI and services...
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