Speed-up VC++ builds

The larger a VC++ project is (or any project for that matter) the more time it takes to build. If you have solutions with many large projects the build times could get into your way. Starting a rebuild and going to lunch was a common scenario for me, as building took 20-25 minutes. Of course,…

Peek Definition in Visual Studio 2013

Go to definition (F12 in Visual Studio) is such an intensively used command, but it opens a new window for the document. Visual Studio 2013 adds a new go to definition command that actually displays the definition inline, in the same window. It’s called Peek Definition and the shortcut is ALT+F12. It opens an embedded…

Visual Studio 2013 User Profile

Visual Studio 2013 provides developers with the ability to sign in with a Microsoft account and synchronize settings across devices (and as new versions will be released across different versions of Visual Studio). When you first launch Visual Studio 2013 you are asked to sign in (you can skip that and do it any time…

Why won’t my .NET redistributable assemblies show up in Visual Studio’s ‘Add Reference’ dialog?

The Problem You install a .NET redistributable package and want to reference the assemblies in your project. However, though everything is correctly installed to GAC, the assemblies don’t show up in Visual Studio’s Add Reference dialog in the .NET tab (regardless of what version of Visual Studio you have). The Cause Redistributable assemblies are intended…

Missing 64-bit compiler and tools

Let’s say you have this VC++ project (or maybe more) targeting a 64-bit platform (x64 or IA64). You have the sources, everything is set. You build the solution and your project is skipped. You try again, maybe do a rebuild. The project is still skipped. You check the solution’s configuration manager, and the project is…

A Quick Look at Visual Studio 11 Beta

Visual Studio 11 Beta was made available today (See Jason Zander’s announcement). It can be downloaded from here. These are my first impressions after downloading and trying it. The New UI I have already talked about the new Chrome theme. I find it awful, you don’t know what’s enabled and what is not. I wish…

Letter from a concerned developer

Dear Microsoft, I have recently read the two blog posts about the new “developer experience” with Visual Studio 11 (part 1 and part 2). I don’t have the IDE yet (since the beta will be made available on February 29), but from the blog posts I see that you once again changed the look and…

Things I like about native development with C++/CX

Visual Studio 11 brings many new things for native development, including support for new features from C++11 (unfortunately not all), or ability to write Metro apps with C++/CX including modeling the UI with XAML. In this post I will talk a bit about three favorite features that I noticed immediately after trying VS11 from Windows…