CodeBlog: Writing a Blogging Extension for Visual Studio 2010

Have you ever wanted to quickly share a code sample to Twitter or your blog without leaving Visual Studio?  Steve Apiki walks through how to create an extension for Visual Studio 2010 that does just that. Walkthrough: His walkthrough touches on a number of extensibility options inside Visual Studio 2010 such as: How to… Read more

CodeCast Interview: VS 2010 Shell with Weston Hutchins

Ken Levy and I sat down last week to chat about the new VS 2010 IDE and some of the great features we’ve added for this release.  From the CodeCast site: “In this episode of CodeCast, Ken Levy interviews Weston Hutchins, program manager on the Visual Studio Shell team (team responsible for the core IDE… Read more

Content Load Error: Breaking Changes for Beta2 Start Pages

Visual Studio 2010 Beta2 custom Start Pages will fail to load in Visual Studio 2010 RC due to WPF namespaces changes caused by Shell assembly refactoring between the Beta2 and RC releases.  Specifically Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.UI.dll has been split between Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.10.0.dll and a new assembly, Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.StartPage.dll. If you have created a customized Start Page with Beta2 and… Read more

IntelliSense Crash in VS 2010 RC when using UI Automation

UPDATE:  There is now a patch available for this issue in the VS 2010 RC.  If you’re experiencing frequent crashing when IntelliSense pops up or is dismissed, please download this patch to see whether it resolves the issue.  This bug has also been fixed for VS 2010 RTM. Shortly before the Visual Studio 2010 Release… Read more

Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate Now Available!

If you haven’t read the news on other notable MSDN blogs, I’m pleased to announce that the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidates are now available for download!  Currently the downloads are only available to MSDN subscribers, but they will be released to the public this Wednesday, February 10th.  This release includes… Read more

Visual Studio First Launch Sequence

With the upcoming Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate around the corner, I would like to talk briefly about some changes we have made to the first-launch-after-installation sequence. Many of you may notice that the first time you start VS after installing, once you have selected a profile, it takes a long time for the main… Read more

Announcement: Unpublishing Extensions from Beta 2 to RC

UPDATE 2/8: I forgot to mention a change to the VSIX file format in the Release Candidate that might impact your extensions.  The valid <Edition> values (under <SupportedProducts>) have been updated to better reflect our SKU branding.  The only valid values for RC and RTM are: IntegratedShell, Pro, Premium, Ultimate, Express_All, VBExpress, VCSExpress, VWDExpress, VCExpress.  We have removed… Read more

Visual Studio “Tip of the Day”

If you like the tips and tricks we sometimes post on this blog, you might want to check out the Visual Studio Tips and Tricks blog.  It’s written by Zain Naboulsi, a Senior Developer Evangelist at Microsoft, and it’s devoted to these little productivity boosters.  We’ll continue to post the occasional tip here on the… Read more

What is the difference between “dynamic” and “object” keywords?

Let’s take a quick look at the object keyword first. I’m not going to talk a lot about it because it’s been around since C# 1.0. This keyword is nothing more than a shortcut for System.Object, which is the root type in the C# class hierarchy. (However, as Eric Lippert pointed out in his blog… Read more

MSBuild Interview on CodeCast

I had the distinct pleasure to meet up with Ken Levy and talk about MSBuild. Ken is responsible for the CodeCast interviews at code magazine. The interview consists of an in-depth technical and scenario discussion on how and why to use MSBuild, both in Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010.  We also discussed new features for VS 2010… Read more