PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 8:00 AM by Michael Paladino

If you're running Visual Studio 2008, I would highly recommend PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008.

From their page on MSDN Code Gallery:

PowerCommands is a set of useful extensions for the Visual Studio 2008 adding additional functionality to various areas of the IDE.

Basically, it adds a number of menu items to the right-click menu in various areas of Visual Studio. My favorites are "Open Command Prompt", "Open Containing Folder", and the ability to modify recent files and properties. Head over to the MSDN Code Gallery page for full details.

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Visual Studio 2008 Web Development Hot-Fix

Saturday, February 9, 2008 10:00 AM by Michael Paladino

I typically shy away from posting links to new versions of products, patches, etc. because I know there's no way I can keep up and there are already so many good sources available for that type of thing. However after installing the Visual Studio 2008 Web Development Hot-Fix, I have been so pleased that I thought I should share.

The hot fix deals primarily with performance issues related to web development in VS 2008. I knew that the HTML view was often taking a long time to load, but I attributed that to me having something setup incorrectly or invalid HTML. However, this hot fix has drastically reduced the screen freezes I was getting on a regular basis.

Another issue that was driving me crazy was the occassional disappearance of the "View Code" link from the context menu when in HTML view. I never realized how much I used that feature until it was no longer there. Luckily, one of the fixes listed on ScottGu's blog entry is:

"View Code" right-click context menu command takes a long time to appear with web application projects.

So evidently the issue had to do with my use of the web application project model. Interesting.

Anyway, the download was small (~ 2.6 MB) and the install took less than a minute. I would highly recommend this update to anyone writing web applications with Visual Studio 2008. Thanks Microsoft!

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