Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My C# project is constantly out of date - VS 2012

Recently, I have strugling with strange issue in which my C# project constantly builds. This might not look like a big issue, but multiply this by 20 and you will end up wasting considerable amount of time. I have looked for any ideas, being logical or not - from tracking if any file is modified to whether the xaml compiler make some hacky things.

What I found out is that the problem was located in the Content and Resource file types - if by any reason its action is Copy Always it will trigger full build, even they does not affect the other output (does not sound very practical). Nevertelless, setting in to Copy if newer resolves the issue.

P.S. If the problem persists you might what to delete the *.suo files as well (Thanks Zhoro for the tip :)).

Friday, May 11, 2012

Visual Studio 11 UI WILL have colors

   Most of the .NET developers tried the VS 11 have been very sceptical regarding its "battleship grey" theme. Some of them even called it VS "depressing edition". I myself found difficulties to work with it. Most of the problems were realted to the fact that there are almost no accents though the icons, menus, etc. Making it very dificult to quickly find the button/file you need (Of course, everything has a good side - that way I have memorized almost all shortcuts :) ).
   The good news is that Microsoft have heard the developers and are working in improving the UI and adding just enough colors to improve usability. There also some goodies such as different accents depending on whether you are building/debugging, etc. I am particulary happy with the new icons and files. I will miss the window borders but I guess that's because I am used to them.

Hope you like it too.

Source - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2012/05/08/visual-studio-11-user-interface-updates-coming-in-rc.aspx

Source - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2012/05/08/visual-studio-11-user-interface-updates-coming-in-rc.aspx
Source - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2012/05/08/visual-studio-11-user-interface-updates-coming-in-rc.aspx