Visual Studio "painful" releases and "painless" releases for add-ins. VS 2010 belongs to the first group (by far). And maybe next ones too…

November 28, 2009

There are “painful” Visual Studio releases which require you a lot of testing and changes in your add-in, a lot of time isolating bugs to reproduce them with the minimal code, and a lot of wait until they are fixed in some beta, CTP, etc: VS.NET 2002: introduced a new automation model (EnvDTE) very different […]


Importing Visual Studio settings destroys commandbars of add-ins

November 19, 2009

There is a bug/issue that I reported years ago for VS 2005 and was not even acknowledged as a bug but “by design”. VS 2010 (Beta 2) still exhibits it so I keep pushing to get if fixed (the original bug report was lost, I think it died when MSDN Product Feedback became Microsoft Connect): […]


Add-ins and the "Tools", "Customize" dialog, "Commands" tab of Visual Studio 2010 (Beta 2)

November 19, 2009

In VS 2008 (and previous versions), when you opened the “Tools”, “Customize…” dialog, “Commands” tab, you got a list of  “categories”, and each category has a list of commands that you could drag and drop on some toolbar to create a button from that command. For commands provided by add-ins, you had the “Add-Ins” category […]


Another critical VS 2010 Beta 2 bug that causes the IDE to hang

November 2, 2009

This bug eluded me during several days because there was another bug that already caused VS 2010 Beta 2 to hang, but finally a couple of days ago I realized that was seeing a different issue (no commandbarbutton involved in this new bug) and I was able to isolate and report it today: VS 2010 […]


More on CommandBarButton.Mask property deprecated in VS 2010

November 1, 2009

In the post CommandBarButton.Mask property deprecated in VS 2010 I mentioned that VS 2010 will deprecate the Mask property of CommandBarButton to specify bitmap transparency, accepting 32-bit bitmaps with transparency in the alpha channel in the CommandBarButton.Picture property instead. The VS team told me some weeks ago that the CommandBarButton.Picture would accept also in next […]