Thursday, 23 February 2012

Attach to Debugger shortcut in Visual Studio

We've been doing some bug fixing this week and have ended up creating a new plug-in, so to ease the debugging pain, I have used some post build actions to deploy the plug-in while debugging, see this post for more details. The one thing that I hadn't automated was attaching to the debugger, which while not very time consuming it was starting to grate me a little bit, particularly after I mistyped a property name twice in a row.

So after a bit of googling I found this and this, which I have combined into this post. Note that I've used VS 2008, but this should work in VS 2010, just need to add import EnvDTE100 to the macro, I haven't tried it though.

In Visual Studio go to:
  1. ToolsMacros | Macro Explorer 
  2. Right Click MyMacros | New Module
  3. Name it AttachDebugger
  4. Double Click on Attach Debugger to open the Editor.
  5. Paste the code below:
  6. Option Strict Off
    Option Explicit Off
    Imports System
    Imports EnvDTE
    Imports EnvDTE80
    Imports EnvDTE90
    Imports System.Diagnostics
    Public Module AttachDebugger
        Sub W3WP()
                For Each proc As EnvDTE.Process In DTE.Debugger.LocalProcesses
                  If proc.Name.IndexOf("w3wp.exe") <> -1 Then
                    End If
            Catch ex As System.Exception
            End Try
        End Sub
    End Module
  7. Save it.
  8. To add the Shortcut, now go to Tools | Options | Environment | Keyboard 
  9. Type W3WP and enter your shortcut
  10. Click Assign and off you go.
If you are deploying asynchronous plugins as well, you could create another Sub that attaches to the asynchronous service  and simply give it another shortcut.

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