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Archive for the ‘Visual Studio 2008’ Category

Finding the path of xsd.exe from your Visual Studio Build Events

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 | 3 Comments »

Find an installed tf.exe, then run it with the command-line parameters specified.

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 »

Posted in .NET, Development, Software Development, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2014, Visual Studio and tools | 1 Comment »

Visual Studio: Find unused code? – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/03/04

Interesting answers to Visual Studio: Find unused code? – Stack Overflow.

  • Using Visual Studio 2008+ to remove unused using statements
  • Using the [Obsolete] attribute of code you suspect is not used.
  • Using ReSharper
  • Using NDepend
  • Using FxCop

–jeroen

Posted in .NET, Development, Software Development, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio and tools | Leave a Comment »

Macros are gone since Visual Studio 2012, but an extension brings textual macro’s back (via Can I record/play Macros in Visual Studio 2012/2013? – Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/02/25

This is why I like the extensions in Visual Studio so much: even though recordable macro’s were removed in Visual Studio 11, textual macros (which I used most) are in the Text Macros for Visual Studio 2012/2013 extension by Xavier Poinas:

You can try this extension (I am the author):

http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/8e2103b6-87cf-4fef-9410-a580c434b602

It basically does the same thing as the Notepad++ macros (text editing, no UI automation).

The code is open source (GitHub), so feel free to contribute improvements :-)

–jeroen

via: Can I record/play Macros in Visual Studio 2012/2013? – Stack Overflow.

Posted in .NET, Development, Software Development, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio 2002, Visual Studio 2003, Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio and tools | 4 Comments »

.NET/C#: Chaning the ForeColor of a ReadOnly/Disabled TextBox (via: Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/12/24

Once every while you still do WinForms work, and bump into something you hadn’t bumped into before.

This time it was trying to set ForeColor = Color.Red on a ReadOnly TextBox for displaying error messages:

  • Using a TextBox means the user can still copy the text to the clipboard.
  • Using a Red foreground draws enough attention (it’s was an app with a really busy user interface).

When setting a TextBox from ReadOnly = false to true sets the BackColor from SystemColors.Window (usually white) to SystemColors.Control (usually light grey), and leaves the ForeColor to SystemColors.WindowText (usually black).

Setting ForeColor = Color.Red (funny there is a plural in SystemColors but not in Color) it doesn’t display it as such:

To my surprise, the TextBox had ReadOnly text (you could copy, but not modify it), which showed with a a grey (SystemColors.Control) BackColor and a black (SystemColors.WindowText) ForeColor: the defaults for a ReadOnly TextBox, not using my ForeColor = Color.Red;

I vaguely remembered there was some odd way of solving this, but since I hadn’t written a blog article about it back then (somewhere around .NET 1.x or 2.0 I didn’t have a blog yet), I was glad that Cheetah posted this answer on StackOverflow: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in .NET, .NET 1.x, .NET 2.0, .NET 3.0, .NET 3.5, .NET 4.0, .NET 4.5, C#, C# 1.0, C# 2.0, C# 3.0, C# 4.0, C# 5.0, Development, Software Development, VB.NET, VB.NET 10.0, VB.NET 11.0, VB.NET 7.0, VB.NET 7.1, VB.NET 8.0, VB.NET 9.0, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio 2002, Visual Studio 2003, Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio and tools, WinForms | Leave a Comment »

 
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