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Archive for March 16th, 2011

Visual Studio 2010 Ux #fail: finding the Macro Recorder and Context Menus toolbars #VS2010 #Ux

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/03/16

When you want to enable (or disable) a toolbar in Visual Studio 2010, there are three options to go, of which the last two are equivalent:

  1. Right click in the toolbar area to get a Context Menu, then check/unckeck the toolbar
  2. Right click in the toolbar area to get a Context Menu, choose Customize and check/uncheck the toolbar(s) in the dialog.
  3. In the Tools Menu, choose Customize and check/uncheck the toolbar(s) in the dialog.

The first one is the easiest; you can see the resulting Context Menu in the left picture (click on it to enlarge).
The last two require an extra step; you can see the resulting dialog in the right most picture (click on it to enlarge).

Given the size of those lists, you’d think all toolbars are in both.

Wrong!

These are missing from the Context Menu:

  • Context Menus
  • Recorder

I consider this a serious Ux problem; if the Context Menu was much shorter (like 10 entries or so), it would be pretty obvious they are not.

It took me more than 10 minutes to find the Recorder toolbar which would have been vastly shorter if both lists were the same.

(Another Ux failure that caused my search to be this long is that I was looking for ‘Macro Recorder’ since all entries in the menu contain the word ‘Macro’; Recorder could as well point to a Toolbar for screen, video or audio recording).

–jeroen

Posted in .NET, Development, Software Development, Usability, User Experience (ux), Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio and tools | Leave a Comment »

Why does Recording the TemporaryMacro sometimes fail in Visual Studio 2010? #durftevragen #dtv #daretoask

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/03/16

Every now and then, while recording a TemporaryMacro in Visual Studio 2010, I get this error message:


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Microsoft Visual Studio
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No TemporaryMacro in designated Recording Project
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OK
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The Recording a macro topic on MSDN suggest this solution:

Sounds like your macros directory is messed up.  Open Macro Explorer (View\Other Windows\Macro Explorer) and make sure you get the MyMacros element.

However, that works.

And if I check that, the next time I record a TemporaryMacro it just works.

I never had this in Visual Studio 2008, 2005 or older.

Anyone seen this behaviour too?

Anyone who knows why this happens?

–jeroen

via: Recording a macro.

Posted in .NET, Development, Software Development, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio and tools | Leave a Comment »

“Try to avoid foreach/for loops”–Over my Dead Body! | Visual Studio Feeds

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/03/16

Zack Owens wrote a nice article comparing various loop constructs.

Summary:
If the semantics are the same, it does not matter if you use foreach, for, while or do while: they all  have equal speed.

So: choose the loop construct that best fits the problem you are trying to solve.

–jeroen

via: “Try to avoid foreach/for loops”–Over my Dead Body! | Visual Studio Feeds.

Posted in .NET, C#, Delphi, Prism, Software Development | 12 Comments »

 
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