More on the strange case of Visual Studio 2008 severely crashing loading an add-in

December 11, 2008

I have updated the post of yesterday about the strange case of Visual Studio 2008 severely crashing loading an add-in with more information, since finally I was able to reproduce it.


The strange case of Visual Studio 2008 severely crashing loading an add-in

December 10, 2008

Some months ago a customer of my MZ-Tools add-in reported a crash in Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite when loading it. When an add-in crashes loading it, usually Visual Studio captures the exception or COM error and shows a semi-friendly messagebox indicating that the add-in has caused an exception or failed to load, and give […]


The strange case of toolwindow not showing when the add-in is loaded on startup

December 2, 2008

Visual Studio preserves the visibility state of its own toolwindows (Solution Explorer, etc.) but not of toolwindows created by add-ins. It is up to the add-in to store the state of its toolwindows when unloaded, and restore them when it is loaded again. So, some add-ins can show their toolwindows when loaded and not only […]


The strange case of add-in setup not detecting running instances of Visual Studio 2008 on Windows Vista

December 1, 2008

If you are creating a setup for your Visual Studio add-in, chances are that you don’t want running instances of Visual Studio when the add-in is going to be installed or uninstalled. For my MZ-Tools add-in, I use the free InnoSetup, which is script-based and uses Pascal for custom code, and I wrote an article […]