Jan 6 2009

Visual Studio 2008 tips/tricks: Immediate Window Not Showing

Category: Visual StudioBil@l @ 13:59

Sometimes, the *Immediate Window* doesn't show when working inside the Visual Studio 2008. To show that window, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the VS Toolbar.
  2. Click on the *Customize* entry
  3. Go to the *Command* tab
  4. Select the *Debug* under the *Categories* list box.
  5. On the *Command* list box to the right-side, select the *Immediate* entry and drag it to the VS toolbar.


Hope this helps,



Feb 11 2008

HotFix: Performance and Editor fixes for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer Express 2008

Category: ASP.NET 2.0 - General | Visual StudioBil@l @ 07:34

The Visual Studio Web Tools team added a new HotFix for the Visual Studio Web environment.

You can read all the details about the fix here and download the hotfix from here.



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Dec 26 2007

AL.exe Not Found - SOLUTION

Category: Visual StudioBil@l @ 06:24

In a previous post of mine about AL.exe not found while compiling a project with VS 2008, I was not able to compile any Class library with VS 2008. I searched so many links online and couldn't find a single solution.

On one of the blog posts I was searching I found the email of Karin Meier (Windows SDK | Samples and Community PM), Program Manager in the Windows SDK. She was so helpful to me by giving a solution to me.

What need to be set is a global environment variable (ALTOOLPATH) that has the value for the AL.exe path on your machine. Why global? All sessions will be sharing it, simply set!

First of all you need to find the path of AL.exe on your machine, AL.exe should be there when you install Windows SDK.

Go to: Start -> Programs -> Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 -> Visual Studio Tools -> Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt

Type the following command: Where al.exe

The above command shall give you the path to the AL.exe on your machine.

Now go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced System Settings -> Environment Variables

Add a new variable with the following info:


Key Value: {Path to AL.exe you got above EX: "C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\"}


Now, open Visual Studio 2008 and compile! It should work perfectly!

Thank you Karin and all those who tried to solve this problem!


Hope this post helps you!



Dec 23 2007

AL.exe not found in VS 2008

Category: Visual StudioBil@l @ 11:05

I created a new class library in VS 2008 targetting .NET 3.5 and I got the following exception from VS:

Error    1    Task failed because "AL.exe" was not found, or the correct Microsoft Windows SDK is not installed. The task is looking for "AL.exe" in the "bin" subdirectory beneath the location specified in the InstallationFolder value of the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A. You may be able to solve the problem by doing one of the following:  1) Install the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5.  2) Install Visual Studio 2008.  3) Manually set the above registry key to the correct location.  4) Pass the correct location into the "ToolPath" parameter of the task.    LocalizationFiles


I tried to look for a solution online and could not find!

As far as I can see from the error message is that the Windows SDK (6.0 A) is missing from my PC. I didn't read in any place about that SDK while installing VS 2008.

My PC is Windows Vista.

If anyone has a solution to email to ! I will then re-post about the solution to share with all (comments disabled here sorry)


Thanks a lot,