Visual Studio 2010 is the version of Microsoft's Visual Studio line of development environments. It is released on top of .NET 4.0 Framework.

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Is inconsistent formatting a sign of a sloppy programmer?

I understand that everyone has their own style of programming and that you should be able to read other people's styles and accept it for what it is. However, would one be considered a sloppy ...
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What are the practical uses of Windows Services?

I am new to working with Windows Services. Although I have learnt to create Windows Services in VS2010 I would like to know some practical ways in which windows services could be used? I tried ...
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How do you remember where in your code you want to continue next time?

When you interrupt the work on some code (be it because you have to work on something else or go on vacation or simply because it is the end of the day), once you close that Visual Studio project, ...
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Can I do anything to improve performance in VS 2010? [closed]

I'm using VS 2010 since we're developing an app in .Net 4 and the performance is driving me crazy. It's mostly bad when I don't view the IDE for a while (such as when I get pulled away for a help desk ...
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How does one meaningfully measure maintainability?

Context: I'm an enterprise developer in an all-MS shop. Can anyone recommend a good way of objectively measuring maintainability of a piece of code or an application? Why maintainability: I'm tired ...
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How to set up Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2010?

I'm doing my first big project and I don't have a lot of experience in a professional programming environment. While researching anything programming-related I often see references to Unit Testing, ...
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Is local “User” rights enough or do developers need Local Administrator or Power User while coding?

We have an offshore development crew who has a bad habit of installing nonsense software on corporate desktops (which has nothing to do with their job function) and so are considering removing their ...
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Why do people say that VB gives you bad programming habits? [closed]

Why do people say that VB gives you bad programming habits? What do they mean by this?
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What are some of the more useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Visual Studio? [closed]

I keep learning new keyboard shortcuts for Visual Studio and I find some of them increase my productivity a lot. I was wondering what keyboard shortcuts in VS you found useful and why. I know I ...
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Shortcomings of using dynamic types in C#

I have been recently studying more on the dynamic types in C#. With some examples I understood once the code is compiled, it does not need to be recompiled again but can be executed directly. I feel ...
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Why doesn't Visual Studio auto increment your version number?

This question asked how to auto update version number in VS 2010 : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4025704/publishing-in-net-produces-application-files-myapp-someversionnumber-how-to-ge The ...
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Shipping my first class library. Any gotchas I need to be aware of?

I'm a Web Developer about to unlock the "First Class Library Published" achievement in my career and I'm sweating bullets (literally - I was up all night stressing out). I'd love to tap the ...
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Best practice with branching source code and application lifecycle

We are a small ISV shop and we usually ship a new version of our products every month. We use Subversion as our code repository and Visual Studio 2010 as our IDE. I am aware a lot of people are ...
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Visual Studio Express vs. SharpDevelop [closed]

I need a bit of input from people who have used both of these programs. I am using Visual Studio Express 2010 right now for creating a project in VB.net and WPF 4. I just discovered a freeware IDE ...
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Increase Performance of VS 2010 by using a SSD [closed]

After searching on the internet for performance improvements when using Visual Studio 2010 with a solid state hard drive, I heard a lot of different opinions. A lot of people said that there isn't ...
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How can I keep my visualstudio database project in sync with my database?

I'd like to have my database schema synchronized with my Visual Studio .dbproj database project. Right now, I'm using SSMS for most of my database development work, and I've to manually use the ...
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SSD harddisks & programming

SSD harddisks have been on the rise lately. And I've been wondering if it's worth buying one as a programmer. Being able to save five minutes when starting my PC is fun but won't convince my boss. ...
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How can I organize fast and comfortable solution compilation in VS 2010?

Most of programmers who are involved into development of more or less large project(s) know how annoying the process of compilation can be. There are some other things which are dependent on ...
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Are there deals (free or low cost) to license Visual Studio for open-source developers? [closed]

I have several open-source projects, but I no longer have a license for Visual Studio. I heard that Resharper has some kind of deal for open-source project contributors. Is there something similar ...
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Can I use Visual studio for Python and Django development?

I have been using Visual Studio for quite some time now, in fact from the VS 2005 version. Right now, I am not only comfortable but addict to using it(VS 2010) for all my development needs. Recently ...
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Learn C++ before/at the same time as C#?

I'm currently learning C#, but wondering whether it is beneficial to learn some C++ before/at the same time as in order to understand the concepts a little better? I've got a C++ book and it does seem ...
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Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Performance [closed]

I've noticed since installing Visual Studio 2010 SP1 that I'm having huge performance issues. It will randomly freeze up on me quite a bit. I had no performance issues with Visual Studio 2010 before ...
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WPF4: Is this indictment of DevExpress WPF controls valid and what is a good alternative vendor?

My company is starting a major greenfield development project using DevExpress WPF controls. I just read this critical review of their WPF controls. Do you agree that DevExpress does not understand ...
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How should I structure a solution for a long term project?

I'm about to create a do-everything dashboard for my team and am still having second thoughts about my project/solution structure. Since this could be a long ongoing project, I want to get the ...
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Is Visual Studio Express suitable for commercial application development?

If I were to develop a Silverlight game and publish it to a site where you can play it for free is the use considered to be commercial or personal? What about if the site has adverts on, is it then ...
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In Visual Studio 2010, which is better to use: VS Installer or the InstallShield LE?

I built a VS Installer project in Visual Studio 2008. I see in VS 2010 they have InstallShield LE available as an alternative. I used InstallShield long ago as part of Borland Delphi, but haven't ...
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Can I use Visual Studio 2010 Architectural features to enforce design on code, without feature packs?

I am studying Visual Studio 2010's architectural tools for application lifecycle management. After we have sketched some modeling diagrams, we wonder now how should be the natural workflow to convert ...
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Which language was used to create Visual Studio 2010? [closed]

In order to produce a plug in and incorporate it (merge) easily with Visual Studio 2010. I was wondering which language was used by Microsoft to create it? In order to offer our product to ...
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Is kick-starting myself into the programming world by reading from a book about VS 2008 & .NET 3.5 a bad idea?

Basically what the title says. I'm completely new to programming and decided C# to be the best language to start learning, so I went ahead and installed Visual Studio Express 2010 C# to get started. ...
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Workflow of sharing code for small teams

Problem is, we have developed a small CMS, that is different per implementation (currently). Of course development of this is never complete. Sometimes, we are working on more than one project that ...
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How do you write a code analysis & refactoring tool to interface with Visual Studio?

Recently while working on a project of mine and doing some refactoring I got an idea to write a custom tool to help me analyze my code in a very specific context and perform some very custom ...
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Can a Code Review help in learning the code-flow and/or technology of a large code-base?

I'm new to VC++, and so am not very familiar with COM, ActiveX, IDL etc. When I mentioned this to my tech-lead, he assigned me the task of doing the code review of files he felt were important, in ...
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UI Testing with Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2

One of the most intriguing items in the recently released Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 is the ability to create and edit UI tests in Silverlight. Here is an example of a coded UI test. I ...
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Piece of code for interview debugging abilities test?

May be someone has a piece of code, that would work as a test for debugging abilities? We will give ability to use Visual Studio, so it should be hardly solvable by doing manual tracing and show us, ...
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C# gadgets overloading the form (can't see the woods for the trees) [closed]

I have the task of taking over a C# program that is very badly written, however I am new to C#. The form has many objects including labels, buttons, panels, etc, which overlap each other. The form is ...
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Reports from the front lines: VS Lab Management

I'm looking into Lab Management right now for our test environment for manual and automated testing. I'm just getting started on the process of putting together various servers to host/support it and ...
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On access scans and Visual Studio

Where I work McAfee On Access scan is enforced to be on for all our machines. Visual Studio 2010 isn't exactly the speediest program at times but combining a large website, several build ...
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The most important advice to a non-professional programmer [closed]

As an adjunct to my regular job (teaching) I have taken on the task of developing an appointment booking system to be deployed on the school's server (SQL Server 2008 R2 / IIS 7.5). I have been ...
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How to prevent my executable being treated from AV like bad or virus?

I'm creating a piece of software, that will run on windows and will act like launcher for the game, to serve as an auto-updater and file verifier in client siede PC. One thing I don't understand, why ...
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How can I automatically undo checkouts on unmodified files? [closed]

From time to time, I realize that files that haven't been modified have been checked out by my Visual Studio. It's either because I changed something and undid it, or just because Visual Studio ...
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Refactor class (extract methods) in a main / helper classes

Simply spoken, one of my c# classes got too big and I'm currently splitting this class in several subclasses by clustering semantically related methods (actually actions, which do side effects). So, ...
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Project management tool built into visual studio

My friend and I are working on a project together in visual studio, and we are using subversion for source control. We have used php based project management tools before for task and bug tracking, ...
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Build times for small incremental changes to C# Web Applications

I have recently been moving away from ASP.NET Websites in favor of Web Applications. More specifically I have recently been picking up MVC as an alternative to developing ASP.NET Forms websites. ...
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What is an inconsistent state?

I've been trying to experiment with coded user interface testing (CUITS) lately and I get the following error whenever I try to create one. The following package failed to load: C:\Users[File Path ...
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Visual Web Developer 2010 Express, automated testing, and SVN

We have an HTML designer who is not a developer but needs to modify .aspx files from our ASP.NET 2.0 projects from time to time in order to get CSS to work properly with them. Currently, this ...
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VS2010 SP1 & Resharper - flickering editor?

I have VS2010 (Ultimate), plus Resharper, and since SP1, I've noticed a regular and really irritating bug where the editor tab that I'm working on temporarily disappears, suddenly reappearing a second ...
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Writing code vs using drag & drop tools

If you drag & drop, you're letting the editor to build code for you. Surely that means you're not really programming. You're building an application that has no proper code logic, correct? I drag ...
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What is the difference between Visual Studio 2010 Express and the Regular version? [closed]

i was wondering if i am going to have to pay for the real one. I am developing websites
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Reporting in Visual Studio 2010 Express [closed]

I want to download Visual Studio 2010 Express Edition to learn all that is new in it. I find it insufficient as there is no Crystal Reports integration in it. Apart from that I want to learn other ...
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Understanding C++ for windows desktop application

I've been programming C++ for almost a year, and I've written complex programs however there are a couple of programming features of C++ which I didn't cover up (Classes & pointers), however I ...