VS2005 SP1 is out the door!

Yes folks, it’s ready. Get it while it’s still hot from the oven. http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/support/vs2005sp1/default.aspx


Rico talks about adding performance data to method signatures

http://blogs.msdn.com/ricom/archive/2006/12/11/avoiding-coding-pitfalls-with-performance-signatures.aspx  This is a very interesting article, is it possible that something as simple* as IntelliSense can help you write faster code? Tag method signatures with ‘light, medium or heavy’ and then simply don’t ever call a heavierweight method than the one you are implementing. It’s a start. The really interesting part is that Rico hopes…


Visual Studio hangs while saving files

If you are experiencing slowness with saving files in VS2005, it may be related to opening files/projects stored an network locations.  In any ASP.Net project, saving (or auto-recover) stalls Visual Studio for around 1 minute.  I’ve had to disable Auto-Recover to prevent being stalled for a minute in the middle of a thought, and fixing…


Visual Studio on Windows Vista

I just found this link in email, and thought it would prove handy to you lucky MSDN subscribers who already have Vista: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa948853.aspx Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time on the upcoming service pack and Vista patch, and I think that you’ll be happy with what we’ve fixed. [Fixed link, Live Writer abbreviated…


More VS2005 keybinding information: Build.BuildOnlyProject and Build.BuildSelection

There are a very large number of commands in Visual Studio 2005, and some of them operate in ways that are subtle, and quick to anger. http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=224080 If Build.BuildOnlyProject doesn’t seem to do what you want, then you might want to look at rebinding to Build.BuildSelection.  


Is there a way to change VS 2005 bookmark navigation to restrict it to the current document?

This came up on one of the internal mailing lists. Is there a way to restrict Ctrl+K, Ctrl+P (Previous bookmakr) and Ctrl+K, Ctrl+N (Next bookmark) to the current file in VS2005? Dave Bartolomeo came up with this answer: In the keyboard settings under Tools|Options, bind Ctrl+K, Ctrl+P to Edit.PreviousBookmarkInDocument, and Ctrl+K, Ctrl+N to Edit.NextBookmarkInDocument, instead of the…


Why doesn’t Visual Studio respond to keypresses?

Has Visual Studio 2005 stopped responding to arrow keys, do shortcut keys not work anymore? Only alphanumeric keys work? This is caused by a bug in the keybindings code, but fortunately there is an easy workaround. From a command prompt, run devenv /resetuserdata. This will cause all of your user settings to be reset, but you…

Does the convenience of your blogging tool make a difference?

Here’s hoping that it does. I’ve been a pretty lazy blogger recently, but I’ve got what I view as a pretty reasonable excuse: I’m getting married. Hopefully things settle down a bit before the wedding and I’m able to get some time to work on a series of posts I’ve been thinking about. Until then,…


What to do if VS crashes without showing the Watson dialog

These steps are modified from instructions sent out by Paul Harrington, a dev lead on the VS Tools Platform team: Unfortunately there are scenarios where a VS crash will NOT result in a Watson dump. Some situations where this can occur: Bug causes a stack overflow and memory cannot be allocated for Watson Some CRT…

Windows Live Local fun…

http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=47.637604~-122.133257&style=h&lvl=15&scene=3730001&trfc=1. Keep up with traffic outside building 41 on Microsoft campus. There are also new maps for the UK and Canada, which is very nice for this transplanted Vancouverite.