Visual Studio Cache Cleanup – Tip to Step into your DLL Code


Have you had a situation where you had to debug a DLL code referred from your existing .Net Assembly.

Possibly you could have added a reference…but still not able to step into your respective DLL even after adding project references and placing PDB in bin folder, then this tip of Visual Studio is for you…

First of all, here’s how to clear the Component Cache…

1. Close Visual Studio (ensure devenv.exe is not present in the Task Manager)
2. Delete the %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0\ComponentModelCache directory
3. Restart Visual Studio.

You could also need to cleanup your user’s temp folder. It is usually located under  %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp.

Now try to debug and verify…possibly you need to try the user profile temp data clearing also.

If the above fails, you can go with approach…but be careful before proceeding…

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Team Foundation

Then, open the Visual Studio IDE folder in command prompt and Run devenv /resetuserdata from the Visual Studio IDE folder.
Typical location for 64 bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE
Typical location for 32 bit: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE


Hope this helps…troubleshooting…




Enable logging in CE without any third party tools


Have you ever had an issue where you need logging mechanism to troubleshoot…

Out there we have some 3rd party software which can help with this…but we can use Notes entity in CE so that we can enable logging to our .Net Assembly code with out any other 3rd party additions.

Add the below part to your code..

Entity _annotation = new Entity(“annotation”);
_annotation.Attributes[“mimetype”] = @”text/plain”;
_annotation.Attributes[“notetext”] = message;

And use the method above to create log wherever needed like other DLL additions fill find the logs under Notes entity.

createlog(service, “Your String to be logged”);

Hope this helps while troubleshooting…




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