VS2010 checklist

WE all share the joys of bleeding-edge tech, but we pay the price in tears of blood. 
Well, I do.
Here's my Visual Studio 2010 checklist of things to install to get a working visual studio 2010 environment, as well as some nice addons
If you are using XP SP3, you need to upgrade some OS components for .Net 4 to not bring your machine on its knees:

Until SP1 is out, check this page regularly and install the fixes you need :

Vs 2100 Hotfix Repository

MSBuild shell extension

- Right-click / build. no VS involved.
- http://msbuildshellex.codeplex.com/
If you are using Resharper < 5.1.0, use an EAP build that fixes XAML editing freeze:
Florian, 6 August 2010 (created 6 August 2010)
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XAML Editor

If you do not use the XAML designer very much, check 'Always open documents in full XAML view in 'Tools | Options | Text Editor | XAML | Miscellaneous'

If you never use the design view (good man!), bypass it entirely :
  1. Right-click on a XAML file in the Solution Explorer
  2. Select "Open With..."
  3. Select "Source Code (Text) Editor"
  4. Click on "Set as Default"
  5. Click OK
Extension Gallery
Apart from Resharper, checkout some extensions from Tools/Extensions Manager/Online Gallery


Here are the extensions I am currently running without bringing my machine on its knees:

Hide Main Menu

- Alt brings-up the menu
- http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/bdbcffca-32a6-4034-8e89-c31b86ad4813?SRC=VSIDE

Productivity Power Tools

- Adds very nice quick access window and code navigation features. Should be bundled with vs2010
- Colored tabs on a per solution / regex basis, ability to get the tabs on any side of screen.
- Be sure to go to the options and disable the features that conflict with resharper (ctrl-click)
- http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/d0d33361-18e2-46c0-8ff2-4adea1e34fef?SRC=VSIDE

PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2010

- Adds lots of contextual menu items in the VS2010 solution explorer (ie, open folder, create console here...)
- http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/e5f41ad9-4edc-4912-bca3-91147db95b99


- Powershell in VS2010
- Needs previous Powershell install
- http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/67620d8c-93dd-4e57-aa86-c9404acbd7b3

Ankh SVN

- SVN in solution explorer
- http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/E721D830-7664-4E02-8D03-933C3F1477F2?SRC=VSIDE

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