Monday, August 1, 2005

Solving some Visual Studio IDE Errors

[This was originally posted at]

My harddrive crashed the other day, which caused me to re-install our entire Visual Studio.Net solution. Initially all seemed well, but then I stumbled across three environmental problems:

  • I couldn't open certain web pages in design mode (that inherited directly from a non-System.Web.UI.Page class
  • I couldn't navigate to definitions for methods, properties, variables, etc...
  • I couldn't directly debug a web application.

While I could still technically write code, the lack of these features is just annoying. I solved the first two by deleting the \bin and \obj directories and rebuilding. I'm guessing that some meta data got corrupted and this resetted it. I actually created a batch file that just takes care of this for me now; something as simple as:

rmdir /Q /S C:\MyProject\Web\bin
rmdir /Q /S C:\MyProject\Web\obj

The third issue I still wasn't able to directly resolve. However I can get around it by manually attaching to the process. To manually attach:

  1. Click Debug > Start without debugging
  2. Click Debug > Processes
  3. Select the aspnet worker process and click "attach".

I actually like this more because it's much quicker to start. I guess that makes the hard-drive crash a blessing in disguise.

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