Debugging MSBuild script with Visual Studio (2)

In my previous post, I showed how to enable the hidden Visual Studio debugger for MSBuild script, and demonstrated it by stepping through the evaluation of a C# project. In this post, I’ll keep debugging into the actual build of that project. Note that this blog is rather narrow, so some of the screenshots may… Read more

Debugging MSBuild script with Visual Studio

Back when we started 4.0 development, I polled readers of the MSBuild blog to find out what features were most important to them. Debugging was #1 which was very surprising to us. Thinking about it more, it makes sense. In our team we’ve become so proficient ourselves at reading the XML and making sense of… Read more

Walkthrough: Extending VS 2010 to Support Additional Programming Languages

The Visual Studio team has sponsored a set of Visual Studio Extensibility walkthroughs that will be hosted on  The first walkthrough showed how to write a blogging extension for VS 2010 and demonstrated the basics of VSPackages, Commands, Tool Windows, and MEF.  In this walkthrough, Steve Apiki shows you how to extend the Visual… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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,… Read more

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. … Read more

Command Image Changing Extension

  Hi, I’m Ryan Molden, a developer on the Shell team.  Due to popular feedback from users I have been reassigned to a top-secret UI project.  I can’t say much about it, just give you a quick sneak peek.     No wait, that’s not right, I mean I set aside some of my free… Read more

Document Well 2010 Plus

[Update 6/21/2010]: Please go to this blog post where I describe even more configuration options that are available for this extension.[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. For some time, the behavior of tabs in Visual Studio’s document well has been a… Read more