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In case you are facing the following error MSB4017: Could not run the "GenerateResource" task because MSBuild could not create or connect, while building your project/solution in Visual Studio, this could be because the build system is running out of the build process.

 

To resolve this error, there could be two different approaches. In this quick note, sharing both the solutions for your easy reference.

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Do you know that, Microsoft Visual Studio allows you to select the default language version of your project? The advanced project settings helps you to control the targeted C# language by changing the compiler version.

 

By default, the compiler accepts all valid language syntax that it can support. But if you want to change it to point to a specific version, let's learn how to do that.

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During application development, we often use XML files. To use XML files, we need XML objects; and to create the XML objects, we need to write the classes and properties based on the XML nodes/attributes, which we do manually.

 

Do you know that Visual Studio already provides an option to automatically create the entire class structure based on the XML input? Let's discuss this today.

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C# Interactive Window, inside Visual Studio, allows you to test code snippet without compiling the application. It supports several features like syntax highlighting, intellisense and more, and comes with a feature like 'Copy Code', that allows you to copy only the code part from that window.

 

In this quick blog post, we will discuss about the 'Copy Code' functionality part of the C# Interactive Window, inside Visual Studio.

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When you want certain constructors, methods or properties out of the debugger scope, you can use the DebuggerHidden attribute, part of the System.Diagnostics namespace. When a member has been marked as DebuggerHidden, breakpoints will not hit for that member.

 

If you are unaware of this attribute, let's go a step ahead to learn about this attribute and how it works. Continue reading to know more.

Published by on under Tips | Visual Studio 2013

If you are a web developer and designing any website or a page, you may want to run it in multiple browsers to check cross-browser issues. Visual Studio provides an easy way to run the web application in all the selected browsers at a single shot.

 

In this quick tip, today, we are going to learn how to run the web application in multiple browsers from the Visual Studio IDE. Continue reading to know more about it.

Published by on under Tips | Visual Studio 2013

In every programming language, when you want to loop through a collection, you use the 'for' loop in maximum scenarios. When writing code in Visual Studio, you might be aware that, there exist a code snippet to write the for-loop structure.

 

But you might not noticed that, there exist another code snippet to generate a reverse for-loop. Let's see what it is and how it operates.

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Not many of us wants to work in the designer view of Visual Studio while working with the XAML files. This could be due to no requirements of changing the UI layout rather than few data bindings. By default, Visual Studio loads the XAML designer view.

 

In this post we are going to learn how to disable the designer view and/or change the way it loads the default document view.

Published by on under Tips | Visual Studio 2015

It’s now a connected world and the applications that you use these days should run in multiple devices. Thus needs a smooth synchronization of it’s data. Visual Studio 2015 provides a way to synchronize it’s settings to multiple connected devices through One Drive.

 

In this blog post, we will learn how to synchronize the Visual Studio settings so that, you can have the same settings in all devices that you use.

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Sometime when using NuGet packages, it may need additional packages as a reference. During installation of the main package, if it’s unable to install the dependent packages, Visual Studio 2015 allows you to auto download missing packages.

 

In this small blog post, we will learn how to enable this settings to retrieve the missing packages in various conditions. Continue reading to know more.

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How many times it happened that, while writing code, you misspelled a type name? This is most common and this kind of typos can happen with everyone. Visual Studio 2015 provides a way to correct such spelling mistakes using “fuzzy matching” direct from the light bulb.

 

Today we are going to discuss on this topic and see how it can help you. Continue reading this post and don’t forget to check my other posts on Visual Studio 2015 Tips & Tricks.

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Debugging a piece of code is always difficult and it is more difficult when you are debugging on someone else’s code. In all such cases, you will need to set the breakpoints and check the values that it returns before proceeding next.

 

Visual Studio 2015 makes it easier by providing you an option to call a specific method once you reach the breakpoint and based on requirement, print something on the output stream.

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If you are installing Visual Studio 2015 with Office Developer Tools and/or LightSwitch, you may encounter an issue saying "Microsoft Identity Extensions" package failed to install. Though the Visual Studio installation succeeds, you may get this warning message after the installation completes.

 

If you encounter this, there is an workaround to resolve the installation problem. Read more to know about the root cause behind this issue and the solution.

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If you are using Visual Studio 2015 and want to change the existing installation from the Programs and Features item in Control Panel, you may see an error message "Failed to install setup update - Error code: -2147205120" after you accept an online update.

 

If you face this issue while modifying your existing installation, here is the simple solution for you as a workaround to proceed with. Read more to know about the solution.

Published by on under Tips | Visual Studio 2013

Visual Studio 2015 supports automatic updation of extensions. When the auto update extensions settings is enabled, the extensions will be automatically updated when a new update of the extension is available; that means, you don't have to perform any manual action.

 

Today we will discuss about it. In case it is disabled on your system, you will be able to reactivate it to get the auto update feature of extensions.

Published by on under Tips | Visual Studio 2015

Sometime we need to retrieve the Visual Studio installation directory programmatically using the C#/.NET code and there’s no direct API call available to retrieve this information and also you don’t know the exact path where it has been installed.

 

Every installation of Visual Studio puts a specific registry path to keep track of the installation directory. If you know that, it’s easy to retrieve the information. Let’s discuss on this topic today.

Published by on under Tips | Visual Studio 2013

Sometime we work on a Visual Studio solution file that has a huge nos. of projects and folders. Keeping all of them in the Solution Explorer, makes it difficult to manage. Visual Studio provides a way to make it simpler and cleaner.

 

Though it is available since Visual Studio 2012, but if you are not aware of this feature, let's discuss on this. Continue reading the post to learn about it.

Published by on under Tips | Visual Studio 2013

If you are using Visual Studio 2015, you might have encountered this error “Internal error in the expression evaluator” while debugging your code; the debugger and the watch window will start throwing this error instead of returning the value.

 

If you encounter this issue and came to this page by searching online, just hold your breath. We will show you, how to fix this error and continue working with Visual Studio normally.

Published by on under Tips | Visual Studio 2015

Visual Studio 2015 Update 2, released during //BUILD/2016 developer conference, provides an easy way to execute code directly on the Interactive Window inside the Visual Studio IDE. Along with that, the interactive window is now also capable of color highlighting.

 

Today in this blog post, we will learn how to execute code directly in the interactive window, in just a single click. Continue reading and let us know, how much you like this enhanced feature.

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