How many times have you been in the situation, during development, you had to kill the current project process
for any reason (infinite loops, crazy threads, a wrong return value and so on) ? It happens
continuously, I guess.
What to do then? I always have the Task Manager minimized to the System Tray and when I need to kill the project
process I click it up, scrolling the tasks list, found mine end kill it. Too much time wasted! ... :)
So it came to my mind to simplify the killing procedure, making it as fastest as possible: Why not having a button in the IDE
to do the job for us? An Add-In would help. So here it is.
To understand the source code, it is just needed to read any other Add-in article in this CodeProject section.
The DevStudio Add-Ins Wizard does the main job for us to crate an Add-In, in fact the code you have to implement is
simply the one relative to what the Add-In you're creating stands for: in this case killing the active project running process.
The method to implement is
// Let // strings and C strings ...
// Obtain the IDispatch pointer
// Obtain the IGenericProject interface through the IDispatch interface
CComQIPtr<IGenericProject, &__uuidof(IGenericProject)> pProject(iDisp);
// Is there any active project? If there if(pProject == NULL)
// Prepare the project name string
// Obtain the name of the project
// We suppose that the name of the executable is the same
// as the project one, with an appended bstrName+=".exe";
// We need to make some logic on the executable name now...
// Convert an OLE string to a C constant string pointer
LPCTSTR stringa = OLE2T(bstrName);
// Let LPSTR str = (LPSTR)stringa;
// We need to know how long is the name of the
// executable because in the running process list
// only 15 characters are reported, every character
// over the 15th is truncated:
int len = strlen(str);
// Let // let // This is needed because once we obtain the running process list,
// we will iterate on it and find the process to kill on a
// strcmp name basis.
if(len > 15)
for(int i = 15; i < len; i++)
if(*(str + i)!=NULL)
*(str + i) = NULL;
// Prepare the struct to contains every process information
PROCESSENTRY32* processInfo=new PROCESSENTRY32;
DWORD processID = 0;
BOOL bFound = FALSE;
// Iterate through processes to find ours...
// store the Process ID
processID = processInfo->th32ProcessID;
// Is this our running process to kill?
if(strcmp(processInfo->szExeFile,str) == 0)
bFound = TRUE;
// Obtain the Process handle....
HANDLE hProcess = OpenProcess(PROCESS_ALL_ACCESS,TRUE,processID);
// and Kill it
if(hProcess != NULL)
Remember to include in StdAfx.h the following header files:
KillProcess.dll in the <Visual Studio Install Dir>\Common\MSDev98\Addins folder
As stated in the code comments, we forced the name of the executable to be the same as the project one, plus an '.exe' extension.
this is not very portable. I tried to find through the
IBuildProject interface to obtain the name of the
executable to be produced but maybe I followed the wrong way. If you have any hint or comment are always welcome. Thanks. Fabio
Worked as a Java developer targeting J2EE and J2SE for half a decade.
Now he's employed for Avanade as a Senior Associate Consultant on Microsoft technologies.
His hobbies are Win32 programming using SDK, MFC, ATL and COM; playing guitar and listening to music.