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  • Blog Post: Using PerfWatson to report performance issues to Microsoft

    By Selma Ikiz Would you like Visual Studio 2010 to be even faster? Would you like any performance issue you see to be reported automatically without any hassle? Well now you can, with the new Visual Studio PerfWatson extension! Install this extension and help us deliver a faster Visual Studio experience...
  • Blog Post: Async CTP (SP1 Refresh)

    By Robin Reynolds-Haertle This morning, we released an updated version of the Visual Studio Async CTP (SP1 Refresh) that’s compatible with Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and Windows Phone 7! What Is the Visual Studio Async CTP (SP1 Refresh)? The Async CTP previews a language feature that is in...
  • Blog Post: F# Code-First Development with Entity Framework 4.1

    By Jack Hu As the word “code-first” implies, the EF 4.1 offers a code centric data programming paradigm. From a coder’s point of view, it requires little effort to map a very clean object model to a database. This style of programming is idea for explorative, bottom-up kind fsharp...
  • Blog Post: Quick Find extension in the Productivity Power Tools

    We’re pleased to announce a new Quick Find (Ctrl+F) extension in the February release of the Productivity Power Tools . This is the first version of the Quick Find extension and we are planning to make some improvements to it in future Power Tools releases, but this blog post describes the reasons...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Now Available

    As of this week, Visual Studio 2010 SP1 is now available for download! The service pack was released to MSDN subscribers on March 8 and became generally available on March 10. SP1 includes fixes that improve reliability and address the most commonly-reported customer bugs. It also adds some of the most...
  • Blog Post: Color Printing Extension Now Available!

    We are pleased to announce the availability of Color Printing as a free extension for Visual Studio 2010! By default, VS 2010 prints only in black and white; this extension restores support for printing code in color. Installation and Setup Installing Color Printing requires Visual Studio 2010...
  • Blog Post: Using Visual Studio to build VB Windows Phone Applications

    by Yang Xiao Today we are announcing the release to web (RTW) of Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools . This walkthrough demonstrates how easy and convenient it is to develop a VB Windows Phone application using the newly released tools. You’ll see that the many new IDE features in...
  • Blog Post: Emacs Emulation Extension Now Available!

    We are pleased to announce the availability of Emacs Emulation as a free extension for Visual Studio 2010! This extension provides basic support for Emacs keybindings and text editing commands, very similar to the built-in Emacs keyboard layout in VS 2008. Once the extension is installed you should be...
  • Blog Post: Patch Available for Cut or Copy displaying “insufficient memory” error in VS 2010

    If you're experiencing frequent “insufficient memory” errors when doing small cut or copy operations in Visual Studio 2010 RTM, please download this patch to see whether it resolves the issue. What are the symptoms of this bug? Attempting to cut or copy small to moderate amounts of...
  • Blog Post: Add References Faster with the new Add Reference Dialog in the Productivity Power Tools

    Two weeks ago, we launched the Productivity Power Tools at TechEd North America and the response has been great with over 37000 downloads so far! Many of you also may have noticed that an updated version of the Power Tools was released last week. This update fixed an issue where the extension update...
  • Blog Post: Document Well 2010 Plus: Hidden Options

    [ Update 7/20/2010 ]: Updated changes made for version 10.0.10710.22 of the Pro Power Tools. Please take a look at the changelog . A couple of posts ago I announced the availability of Document Well 2010 Plus as part of the Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools . Since then we have received lots...
  • Blog Post: 15 minute blog post: A Hidden Feature in Visual Studio 2010

    The sunset in Seattle was spectacular this evening. My wife and I climbed the water tower in Volunteer Park to look across the Sound as the sun dipped behind the Olympic mountains and, in the space of a few minutes, the sky turned from blue to orange and pink. We both agreed that the Emerald City and...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough-- Publishing an Extensibility Web Control Project Template (Part 2 of 2)

    Introduction In Walkthrough-- Publishing a Custom Web Control (Part 1 of 2) you learned to create and publish a custom web control. You created the extensibility project manually, a procedure with many steps. Now that you have an extensibility project template, you can publish it to the Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Managed Multi-Targeting: Part 2: Multi-Targeting in Action

    Now that we have gone through some key concepts in the previous part in this series, before we go any further in terms of detailed technical concepts, it would be nice to have some “mental visual model” of how multi-targeting impacts almost all project related scenarios in Visual Studio 2010...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough-- Publishing a Custom Web Control (Part 1 of 2)

    The Visual Studio 2010 SDK adds several project templates to Visual Studio that let you create and share custom controls. These are called extensibility projects. In addition to compiling the control, the extensibility project prepares it for publication by incorporating it into a VSIX extension. A VSIX...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Managed Multi-Targeting: Part 1: Concepts: Target Framework Moniker, Target Framework

    In prior versions of Visual Studio, before Visual Studio 2010, the projects could only target .NET Framework versions v2.0, v3.0 and v3.5 therefore it was, mostly, sufficient to identify a framework only with its version. This is changing with Visual Studio 2010 – now projects will be able to...
  • Blog Post: Three New Managed Package Framework features for Visual Studio 2010

    This post describes three new features that have been added to the Managed Package Framework (MPF) version 10.0 in Visual Studio 2010. These features are available to anyone developing extensions in managed code for Visual Studio 2010. To get started building extensions for Visual Studio, start by visiting...
  • Blog Post: A guide to .vcxproj and .props file structure

    If you inspect the contents of a .vcxproj file (the new VC++ project file format in VS2010) in notepad or in VS editor (by first unloading the project and then choosing "Edit Foo.vcxproj" from the context menu in Solution Explorer), you will see that the various top-level MSBuild elements are laid out...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: Collapse Selection in Solution Explorer extension

    We have received much feedback asking for a feature that would recursively collapse nodes in the solution explorer. We are happy to announce the Collapse Selection in Solution Explorer extension! What is the Collapse Selection in Solution Explorer extension? Many Visual Studio users have a solution...
  • Blog Post: Assembly Resolution in MSBuild and Visual Studio Series Introduction

    Assembly references are an integral part of build process. When the assembly references passed to the compiler are correct everything works but when they are not projects stop building.  When this happens It can be frustrating to try and figure out why a reference was resolved from one location...
  • Blog Post: Building on Cross targeting scenarios and 64-bit MSBuild

    UPDATE: Most issues around MSBuild support for cross-bitness and 64-bit builds are fixed in .NET 4.5. As always, feedback is welcome! Please leave your comments in this blog post and report any bugs on Microsoft Connect . During the Visual Studio 2010 development cycle a push to make the build...
  • Blog Post: Start Extending Visual Studio 2010!

    Visual Studio not only boasts a wide variety of tools to improve developer productivity, but it is also extremely extensible so that it can be tailored and customized to serve specifically your needs. In fact, one of the key benefits of Visual Studio 2010 is its improved extensibility story. With an...
  • Blog Post: Custom Extension Types with VSIX

    DISCLAIMER: While the following technique is supported in Visual Studio 2010, the interfaces and methods exposed by Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.dll are likely to change in future Visual Studio releases. If you create an extension that relies on Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.dll...
  • 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: Apply (or Don’t Apply) Cut or Copy commands to blank lines

    As you may know, Visual Studio’s cut and copy commands are useful for more than just selected text. If you invoke them when there is no selection, VS will cut or copy your entire line, which saves you the trouble of selecting the line before adding it to the clipboard. Although a lot of developers find...
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