Category Archives: Visual Studio

A Day with VS11 Beta – part 1

A large chunk of our customers still use XP so we won’t be upgrading VS any time soon. Still, out of curiosity I spent some free time with the VS11 Beta and below are some bits and pieces I noticed … Continue reading

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QuickTip: Toggle disassembly with Ctrl+F11

Short post today. For a long while I’ve been switching to disassembly with Alt+8, as appears under the Debug/Windows menu: – and back with Ctrl+Alt+0, as appears under View menu: A while ago I discovered there’s a more pleasant shortcut, … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Known Issues Policy

As far as I can tell, there isn’t anything there you might seriously call a policy. Well there is an old ‘knowledge base’ searchable either via a solution center or technet. It includes, however, only known issues that MS support … Continue reading

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$(TargetDir) Bug, or: Where Did My PDB Go?

Edit: This is now a confirmed VS bug. Hope the Connect page would be updated when it is resolved. Try this (if you weren’t bitten by this issue already): 1. Create a new C++ project – any project type will … Continue reading

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Slides from the Windows Developers User Group Meeting

Thanks goes to everyone who attended! As promised at the meeting, I’ve uploaded the presentation. The slides by themselves are rather thin, as almost the entire meeting was spent in visual studio. However, I left out various syntax details – … Continue reading

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"The solution appears to be under source control", or: How P4 messes up MSSCCPRJ.scc Location

For a long while we faced an annoying issue with source control binding:  we’d load some solution and this would pop up: We’d then fix it using File/Source control/Change source control/Bind:   And all seemed well – until we loaded … Continue reading

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‘Internal CPS Error’ When Adding A Project Reference

Edit: This is now a confirmed VS bug. Occasionally I get this – – when trying to add a reference from one project to another in VS2010. I’ve no idea what CPS is and what shim object they’re talking about, … Continue reading

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_VC80_UPGRADE and Warning RC4005 (IDR_MANIFEST Redefinition)

The _VC80_UPGRADE macro seems to cause some confusion around, as does the warning – ‘warning RC4005: ‘IDR_MANIFEST’ : redefinition.’ While it was tempting to try and smear these issues on two posts, fact is they are one. A disk search … Continue reading

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Child Breakpoints in Visual Studio

You often see in the breakpoints window that certain breakpoints are expandable: These are called child breakpoints, and are a strong contender to the title of most poorly documented feature of VS.  According to MSDN, child breakpoints occur – …when … Continue reading

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‘Frames below may be incorrect’, or: Stack Walking Requires Symbols

Here’s the symptom – you stop and inspect a stack: Note the message at the second line: Frames below may be incorrect and/or missing. No symbols loaded for XXXXX.dll. Chances are you read it once years ago and ignored it … Continue reading

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