VS 2010 and the macros IDE

February 26, 2010

Although not very usual, add-ins can be created for the Macros IDE too. In fact, version 6.0 of MZ-Tools integrates with the VS IDE and with its macros IDE. I will remove support for the macros IDE in future versions because I think that nobody needs/uses it and it complicates the code and the setup […]


No longer possible to create comboboxes on commandbars of VS 2010 through automation (EnvDTE), only through packages

February 26, 2010

Joginder Nahil (from Starprint Tools) has notified me about a breaking change that I was not aware in the new WPF-based commandbars of VS 2010: the lack of support to create comboboxes on commandbars. I have been fortunate enough to avoid the need to use that UI item in my MZ-Tools add-in (I haven’t even […]


Getting properties from the DTE.Properties collection

February 19, 2010

I have updated an article that I wrote back in 2005: HOWTO: Getting properties from the DTE.Properties collection of Visual Studio .NET. http://www.mztools.com/articles/2005/MZ2005008.aspx And the reason is that I have found lately that guessing the names of properties to index DTE.Properties(category, page) is not as easy as reading the MSDN documentation (whose list may not […]


Different template names for text files in C# and VB.NET to use with Solution2.GetProjectItemTemplate

February 18, 2010

When you execute the following macro that gets the file templates for classes, forms and text files in C# and VB.NET: Sub Macro1() Dim objSolution2 As EnvDTE80.Solution2 objSolution2 = CType(DTE.Solution, EnvDTE80.Solution2) MsgBox(objSolution2.GetProjectItemTemplate(“Class.zip”, “VisualBasic”)) MsgBox(objSolution2.GetProjectItemTemplate(“Form.zip”, “VisualBasic”)) MsgBox(objSolution2.GetProjectItemTemplate(“Text.zip”, “VisualBasic”)) MsgBox(objSolution2.GetProjectItemTemplate(“Class.zip”, “CSharp”)) MsgBox(objSolution2.GetProjectItemTemplate(“Form.zip”, “CSharp”)) MsgBox(objSolution2.GetProjectItemTemplate(“Text.zip”, “CSharp”)) End Sub It fails for the 6th case: objSolution2.GetProjectItemTemplate(“Text.zip”, “CSharp”) I thought […]


VS 2010 RC problems with CommandBar.RowIndex to position toolbars

February 18, 2010

These are two “minor” bugs that the new WPF-based commandbars of Visual Studio 2010 are going to have since won’t be fixed in this release: VSIP: VS 2010 Dec LCTP: toolbar with CommandBar.RowIndex = -1 not created in new row https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/518455 VSIP: VS 2010 Dec LCTP: CommandBar.RowIndex of toolbar not updated after creating and making […]


VS 2010 RC: EnvDTE.FontsAndColorsItems.Item(textEditorItem).Background returns 0 instead of actual background color

February 18, 2010

This is another issue that I can now make public since it won’t be fixed and I guess that VS 2010 RC has it too: EnvDTE.FontsAndColorsItems.Item(textEditorItem).Background returns 0 instead of actual background color https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/518919 This can affect you if your add-in uses RichTextBoxes to colorize code simulating a code window. I think that VS 2010 […]


VS 2010: Shift key no longer preventing the loading of add-ins (by design)

February 18, 2010

In VS 2005 and 2008 (but not in VS.NET 2002 or 2003), you could press the Shift key while VS was being launched to prevent the loading of add-ins that were marked to load on startup. This was very useful for developers of add-ins to prevent the following issue: PRB: ‘Could not copy temporary files […]


VS 2010 RC: possible problem installing add-in for VS 2010 when VS 2010 is not installed yet

February 18, 2010

This is something that happened me three days ago when I installed VS 2010 RC for the first time. I have tried to reproduce it several times to no avail, so I haven’t opened a Microsoft Connect report. FWIW, I will post here what happened just in case some of you want to test. First, […]


VS 2010 RC: Data Links button on Add Data Source dialog causes AccessViolationException

February 18, 2010

I noticed yesterday that an enhanced version of the ADO.NET Connection Assistant feature of my MZ-Tools add-in causes an exception for OLEDB connection in VS 2010 RC, not in VS 2008 or 2005. After a couple of hours debugging and trying to figure out why, I finally noticed that VS 2010 RC also suffers that […]


I’m back

February 15, 2010

In the last couple of weeks two important things happened: after several secret LCTPs, Microsoft released a new public build of VS 2010 (the Release Candidate), and… I got married I spent the honeymoon at Argentina, which has arguably the most impressive natural wonder of planet Earth (the Iguazu Falls), and impressive glaciers too (Perito […]