Welcome to the Reference Source Code Center’s Team Blog

Welcome to our team blog!

Did you ever think it would be possible to step through the source of the .NET Framework to solve your problem? Reference Source Code Center and it's integration inside Visual Studio 2008 enables a rich debug scenario for developers building applications on top of the Microsoft platforms. It provides just-in-time source-level debugging via Visual Studio 2008, serving up a file at a time, enhancing your developer experience.

Reference Source Code Center provides:

· Fast and easy access to Microsoft’s platform source code.

· Smart-search capability and colored syntax for better code viewing.

· Just-in-time, source-level debugging via Visual Studio 2008


RSCC Forum

We have recently restructured the RSCC team and will be following our Reference Source Code Center forum very closely to help you with any questions that you might have regarding Reference Source Code Center.


How can you get started?

The latest version of the configuration guide can be found here: http://referencesource.microsoft.com/serversetup.aspx

Set Up Visual Studio 2008:

a. Install and set up Visual Studio 2008 including any updates.

Set Up the Symbols Path:

a. Launch Visual Studio 2008.
b. From the Tools menu, choose Options.
c. In the Options dialog box, open the Debugging node and select General
        a. Clear 'Enable Just My Code (Managed only)'
        b. Check 'Enable source server support'

d. Select Symbols under Debugging.
e. In the Symbol File Locations box, add the following location:

   Note: To add the Symbols path Click folder icon.
f. Enter in text box under 'Cache symbols from symbol servers to this directory:' C:\Symbols\RSCC:
   Note : If C:\Symbols is already in use then you can chose another folder name. The folder name must be input into the
   text box
g. Click OK.

Debugging your Application

a. Open your application code solution and build the solution.
b. Set a break point in the code.
c. Start debugging (press F5).
d. EULA pops up, click Accept.
e. Source code will be downloaded.

Comments (2)

  1. First link in the first paragraph is to an internal MSFT site. 🙁

  2. Hi Stephen,

    That was unfortunate, it’s been updated.


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