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Environment Variables and Visual Studio 2012

I have a problem with Visual Studio 2012 and Environment Variables under Windows 7. I added a variable called {LIBS} with the value C:/libs/. In C:/libs/ are folders containing C++ libraries. So far, ...
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Using Visual Studio as a Task-Focused IDE

Are there patterns or libraries or any official Microsoft SDK for using Visual Studio as a specifically Task-Focused UI? For example, both Revolution R (IDE for the R language) and SQL 2012 (and I ...
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Fastest way to open a file in Visual Studio knowing only its name [closed]

What is the best/fastest way to open a file in Visual Studio knowing only its name? In Eclipse there is "Open Resource" which allows you to interactively search for all files in the workspace, but I ...
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What is Visual Studio Lightswitch and how does it differ from normal Visual Studio versions?

How is Visual Studio Lightswitch different from regular Visual Studio? In what sort of situations would you use this IDE over regular Visual Studio? I'm trying to decide if this is something that ...
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5answers
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Is there any reason not to let your group of developers install third party Visual Studio add-ons? [closed]

Is there any risk in allowing your team of developers to install whatever Visual Studio Add-ons they want? Is it a good idea to allow them this freedom?
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Why is a lightning bolt used to represent events in IDEs? [closed]

I was just curious if anyone knew why the lightning bolt was selected to represent events in various IDEs? or when it was first used? From the top of my head the lightning bolt is used in visual ...
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4answers
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Visual Studio Setup - why is solution explorer on the right?

Every time I install VS (whichever version going back years) it installs with the Solution Explorer on the right. Now as most UIs have the navigation in a left hand column (and at the top of the ...
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8answers
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Why doesn't my IDE do background compiling/building?

Today I develop on a fairly complex computer, it has multiple cores, SSD drives and what not. Still, most of the time I'm programming the computer is leasurely doing nothing. When I need to compile ...
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7answers
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I can get visual studio for free through school, should I? [closed]

I am currently using dev++, I am a complete beginner, (Freshman CS major) learning C++. I can get one of the newest versions of visual studio (2008 or 2009 i think) for free through my school. Not ...
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3answers
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Is Visual Studio just an IDE?

For Windows Development I mean. Looking over other questions there are alternatives to VS, but they seem to be web based ones, which is fine, or you could program an entire .net website in notepad, ...
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4answers
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What keymap do you prefer in ReSharper?

I am using ReSharper since version 3 and I always used InteliJ Idea/Resharper 2.x keymap schema. Recently I have learned Ilya's Visual Studio keymap. They each have advantages. What keymap do you ...
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6answers
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What features in Eclipse is not available in Visual Studio? [closed]

I have done much development in Java using Eclipse, and now I have started to use Visual Studio for .NET development. So far I find the IDEs to be able to do the same things, but just different. What ...