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. … Read more

FIXED: Comments are not getting posted

Update: We have diagnosed and fixed the issue that was causing comments to be discarded.  If you were trying to post a comment in the last few days, we’d appreciate it if you could repost — we love to hear feedback.  If you are having any more issues with your comments appearing on the blog, please… Read more

VS 2010 Beta2: Workaround for Raster Font Settings Issue

In addition to making announcements, showcasing features, posting walkthroughs, and sharing Visual Studio tips and tricks, we’ll also be using this blog to raise awareness of commonly-encountered bugs and explain their workarounds.  As many of you know, we’ve rebuilt the editor using WPF for Visual Studio 2010.  This allows for a wealth of new visualizations… Read more


VSIX is a new technology created for deploying Visual Studio extensions.  It’s a zip file that uses the Open Packaging Convention.  By renaming the file extension of any .VSIX file to .ZIP, you can open up the file in Windows Explorer and take a look at the contents. I’ve written a separate post about the… Read more

Box Selection and Multi-Line Editing

I’m Brittany, a Program Manager on the Visual Studio Editor team.  Some of you may recognize me from Connect bugs, @VSEditor on Twitter, or the Visual Studio Editor blog, which has recently moved to its new home here at The Visual Studio Blog.  I’m responsible for a variety of Editor features, but most recently I… Read more

Toolbox Search

Hi, my name’s Josh and I’m a developer on the VS Shell team.  Among other things, I’m responsible for the Toolbox.  In VS 2010 Beta2, we’ve added the ability to search for controls in the toolbox by name.  To use it, put focus in the toolbox (by clicking in it, for example) and start typing… Read more

Visual Studio Sessions at PDC ‘09

The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this year is in Los Angeles from November 17th to 19th. The PDC is an opportunity to mingle with architects and developers from the software industry and to listen to the leaders, heroes and legends from Microsoft and its industry partners. As well as workshops and training sessions, there are… Read more

Announcing the Visual Studio Blog!

Since this week is already filled with other notable launches, we figured it would be fitting to unveil one more important launch: The Visual Studio Blog!  Since the majority of our users are utilizing not just one, but multiple aspects of Visual Studio in their daily development, we wanted to take the same approach with… Read more

Dynamic in C# 4.0: Creating Wrappers with DynamicObject

In the previous post I showed how you can use the new dynamic feature and the ExpandoObject class to add and remove properties at run time, and how this can make your code more readable and flexible than code written with LINQ to XML syntax. But there were some obvious flaws in that example: While… Read more