MSBuild Explorer 3


Way back in 2009 I released MSBuild Explorer 1 to help visualise MSBuild files and, perhaps more useful, to save and execute favourite sequences of targets. It took a long time but eventually I got version 2 out in beta, which looked nothing like what I first showed. In hindsight, calling it a beta was …

MyHistory 2 — hello Colleagues, what have you been up to?


In my MSDN Magazine article Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012 + MyHistory Extension last year, I introduced a sample application called MyHistory which was targeted at the current user, enabling them to easily regain context / remember what they were recently doing. Over the last few months I've had some great feedback and released …

MyHistory – Peace to the Dark Side


In June 2013 I blogged about Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012 + MyHistory Extension. Since then I’ve had some great feedback and the extension has been updated 6 times to address this feedback. A long outstanding bug with regards to ‘proper’ theme support has finally been resolved withe the latest releases for Visual Studio …

How to get rid of Exclude From StyleCop menu


If you install Stylecop 4.7.46.0 you’ll notice an irritating new context menu on files which allows you to exclude them from StyleCop. There is no option to remove it, however you can use Visual Studio to customize the context menu and remove it. The menu you are after is Project and Solution Context Menus | …

Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012 + MyHistory Extension


In the June 2013 edition of MSDN Magazine I cover some of the internals of Team Explorer 2012 and how you can extend it. The article can be found here - Extending Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012. I’ve also hosted the sample code for the MyHistory extension on CodePlex (contributions and feedback welcome), as well …

Controlled Vocabulary 1.5.3


This version provides support for SharePoint Discussion Posts --- Download. Thanks to Willy-Peter Schaub and Robert Maclean for the idea and testing. Note that the Conversation does not change once the subject is set. You can see the affect of this in the following two sequences. I think this may be an Outlook bug, but …

Controlled Vocabulary 1.5.2


Mitch Denny logged an issue against Controlled Vocab which I felt warranted a new release. It looks like those attempting to host configuration files on networks requiring authentication (e.g. SharePoint) may encounter issues. Mitch was kind (read brave) enough to navigate the code and submit a patch which made getting this out a lot easier. …

Controlled Vocabulary 1.5.1


Following close on the heels of version 1.5, this update addresses a bug affecting users with multiple email accounts in Outlook, of which one or more is a MAPI account. It also changes the behaviour of inline updating so that recipients are not cleared if none are defined in the buttons configuration file. Thanks for …

Controlled Vocabulary 1.5 now available


This version provides a host of new features to address usability and adoption challenges. DOWNLOAD NOW What’s New and Improved Packaged Button Discovery It’s now easy to create a bunch of buttons and share them with users who can install them all in a few simple clicks. The sample below shows a configuration used to …

Improving the Visual Studio 2010 UI Menu System – Part 4


[ In this series – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 ] Please note that updates have been made to Part 3. In this final part of the series, I’ll be covering suggested changes to the UI for future versions of Visual Studio. Originally this series was only meant to cover the toolbars …