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WSOD – White Screen of Death in Winforms Designer

I’ve seen it many times in the past, now it has a name

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CopySourceAsHTML Clipboard Access Error (Blame the VPC)

I kept getting an error when trying to use CopySourceAsHTML in Visual Studio 2005. The error was that CopySourceAsHTML was unable to access the clipboard. Turns out the problem is when using it in a VPC, and the answer is here.

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Vista and Visual Studio 2003 – Not Supported

Now that Vista has gone RTM, lots of us are trying to decide when to upgrade. Here is something I have not seen much mention of:

Visual Studio 2003 is not supported in Vista.

This is going to hold back adoption on my work machine. I’m a consultant, I have to do work on whatever platform the client is using, which unfortunately is VS 2003 sometimes. Is VS 2003 going to be relegated to life in a virtual machine from now on?

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A List of Visual Studio 2005 Hotfixes

A Google search of hotfixes.

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Speaking at the Visual Studio 2005 Experience on July 28th

I will be presenting sessions at the Speaking at the Visual Studio 2005 Experience on July 28th. My sessions will be on Visual Studio 2005 – New Features inside the Microsoft Across America truck. There are still spots available for some of the sessions that day. Sign up before it is too late!

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The Clipboard Ring Rules!

Checking amongst the group of developers I work with, no one knew this trick. I read about it yesterday here. The feature is called the Clipboard Ring, and it is in both Visual Studio 2005 and 2003. Using Ctrl+Shift+V lets you cycle through the last 10 items you have placed on the clipboard. The command is also found in the Edit Menu in and in the Toolbox in VS2003.

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SharePoint Web Part Template for Visual Studio Install Problem

I tried to install the SharePoint web part templates today and got this error:

“Visual Studio .NET must be installed before you can install the Web Part Templates for Visual Studio .NET.”

But of course, Visual Studio is installed. I found two answers to the problem on the Usenet:

Add Missing Registry Keys

Reinstall Visual Studio

Along the way I also discovered that you must either have the Microsoft.SharePoint.dll on your machine or on a share you can access in order for the install to proceed.

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Visual Studio Hampers VB.Net Developers

At the Great Lakes Area .Net users Group meeting last night, during his excellent ASP.Net tips and trick presentation, Jason Beres let us in on a dirty little trick that Visual Studio plays on VB.Net developers (not C# developers though). By default, the editor hides “advanced” properties and methods in the Intellisense.


This setting can be found in the Options dialog box. Tools Menu -> Options -> Text Editor -> Basic:


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By default, Hide Advanced Members is checked. I guess the designers were trying to keep VB.Net “friendly” by hiding the complexity? How many times have you as a developer used the Intellisense to explore the options on an object? If you have, you were being shorted.

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VBCommenter

After a little consternation, got VBCommenter PowerToy working today. Had a problem after installing that was solved on their message board.

It seems to be very useful, but really slows down compiles (of course I already need more RAM so this doesn’t help). Looks like I’ll have to let it build XML files separate from regular compiles.

Now I need to get up to speed on XSLT to turn those XML files into something readable for non-techies. My project is getting a new person to help write documentation and I am sure the info I generate with this tool will help her out significantly.

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