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Utkarsh Shigihalli Microsoft MVP and Microsoft ALM Ranger writing on Visual Studio Extensibility, ALM and .NET
I have decided to move my blog to our own website at www.visualstudiogeeks.com. The move gives me more flexibility and customization options. Also, with new website, I am able to blog via markdown which is more easy and provides better readability and customization options. At the same time, at the end of the year, we published new extension to manage ......

I had previously written on how to load custom assemblies in your extension using AppDomain.CurrentDomain.Ass... It required few lines of code to be written in your VS package class. Today I am going to show you an easier way of doing the same. Visual Studio provides ProvideBindingPath attribute which lets Visual Studio know other paths from ......

In the current competitive world, everyone knows releasing the product to market is only half the battle. You are expected to continuously monitor application for its usage, memory consumption, errors, to quickly address any issues in your application. Quickly addressing issues your customers facing is essential to keep existing customers with your ......

By linking work items and other objects, you can track related work, dependencies, and changes made over time. As the following illustration shows, specific link types are used to track specific work items and actions. (– via MSDN) While making a check-in, Visual Studio 2013 provides you a quick way to search and assign a work item via pending changes ......

As a Visual Studio extension developer you are required to keep the aesthetics of Visual Studio in tact when you integrate your extension with Visual Studio. Your extension looks odd when you try to use windows controls and dialogs in your extensions. Visual Studio SDK exposes many interfaces so that your extension looks as integrated with Visual Studio ......

Lately in my current project, I have been doing lot of UI work and hence I constantly juggle between ViewModels and Views (xaml files). When I double click the xaml files in Solution Explorer, it opens designer as well as xaml view. Of course you can double click XAML tab (circled in red in above screenshot) and expand xaml view. However, if you are ......

This has been my dream from couple of years now and it happened finally! I received a mail 2 days back from Microsoft announcing I have been awarded as MVP for my contributions to ALM. Below is the mail extract I received. I feel very happy that Microsoft finally recognized my effort. Needless to say this award has reenergized me and has motivated me ......

P.S: I found this solution in the MSDN forum. I am merely posting it in my blog because I made this mistake twice and also I thought I should just document it here :-) Problem: You are building a Visual Studio package and using hosted build server to build your code. When you build you get following error. Cause: I initially thought build server does ......

Tarun and I have started working on new Visual Studio extension, which we plan to release in couple of weeks after Christmas. One of the first thing I do as soon as we start the work on new tool/extension, is to gather all the features we have planned and build as many sample extensions as I can (each extension doing part of the functionality which ......

In one of my previous blog post we have seen persisting settings using Visual Studio's options dialog. Visual Studio options has many advantages in automatically persisting user options for you. However, during our latest Team Rooms extension development, we decided to provide our users; ability to use our preferences directly from Team Explorer. The ......

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