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15 minute blog post: PNG files in Packages

Recently I’ve been helping plan the next version of Visual Studio. It’s way too early to be talking about specifics, but one topic came up this week that I have to share. Package Authoring As some of you may have noticed, many of the regular posters here have been busy writing extensions for the Visual Studio Gallery, some of ...

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 text in Visual Studio 2010 RTM may incorrectly ...

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 check would fail on machines ...

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 of feedback about our extension, for which I am ...

ResGen.exe error: An attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format

UPDATE: This issue is 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. Recently, we’ve seen a number of people reporting problems with resource generation in Visual Studio 2010, particularly when they target .NET Framework 3.5 on 64-bit machines.  In...
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VSIX Best Practices

This post is about a new way to install extensions to Visual Studio, introduced in VS 2010, called the VSIX file. The information it contains will be of most interest to readers who develop Visual Studio extensions, but I encourage users who download and install those extensions to read it as well. A VSIX file conforms to the ECMA Open ...

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 its surroundings can be breathtakingly ...

Better Parallelism in MSBuild 4 with YieldDuringToolExecution

Introduction In MSBuild 4 we introduced several performance improvements, particular for large interdependent builds.  By and large they are automatic and you receive their benefit without making any changes to the way your build process in authored.  However, there are still some cases where we are unable to make the best ...

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 gallery. Anyone who wants to create and ...

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