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Posted by jpluimers on 2015/06/02
Shared Projects are a new feature of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. It was initially created to support universal apps apps for both Windows Phone RT and Windows RT, and that’s what most people know about it.
However there is also this genius Visual Studio extension that allows Shared Projects on any .NET project. It means that you can create a project shproj that contains a list of C# files. This file can be referenced by any project and will be included at compile time.
With Shared Projects you are always able to debug through any references code. This makes it very easy to find and fix issues or test new features.
Note that in Visual Studio 2015, this is an official feature: Shared Project : An Impressive Feature of Visual Studio 2015 Preview.
Thanks Matthijs ter Woord for noticing that.
via: The unknown beauty of shared projects in .NETGeert van Horrik.
Posted in .NET, .NET 4.0, .NET 4.5, C#, C# 4.0, C# 5.0, Development, Software Development, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio and tools | Leave a Comment »
Posted by jpluimers on 2015/05/12
Boy, Microsoft made it hard to find the location of xsd.exe!
It is actually located like here:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v8.1A\bin\NETFX 4.5.1 Tools\xsd.exe
But that is nowhere on the default path, nor in the registry.
What happens during installation of Visual Studio and/or the Microsoft SDK, is that the
vsvars32.bat file of Visual Studio is updated so it can add the location of many tools (including
xsd.exe) to the
So the trick is to find the youngest Visual Studio first, then run the according vsvars32.bat, and then xsd.exe is on the path.
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Posted by jpluimers on 2015/05/05
I wrote about the xsd.exe tool before to generate XSD from XML:
But it is much more than that, as it is a great way of generating .NET (not only C# and VB.NET code) from XSD files:
Long ago, xsd.exe used to come as part of Visual Studio, but now it is installed with the various Microsoft Windows SDK versions (of which some are downloadable) which makes it harder to locate on your system.
The really bad thing is that Visual Studio cannot find XSD.exe as part of your project Build Events, as the PATH has not been set up correctly.
Starting xsd.exe from a Visual Studio Build Events
In my hunt for the xsd.exe location, I started with a small batch file to find the xsd.exe locations from the registry:
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Posted in .NET, Continuous Integration, Development, msbuild, Software Development, Visual Studio 2003, Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2014, Visual Studio and tools, XML/XSD, XSD | 2 Comments »
Posted by jpluimers on 2015/04/30
Often I want to execute a TF.exe from the console, but don’t have the Visual Studio environment variables setup. Most of the times I want to run TF.exe from the most current Visual Studio installation, hence this TF.bat file figures out the location of it, then runs with the parameters passed to TF.bat: Read the rest of this entry »
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