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Solution Load Manager for Visual Studio 2010/2012

, 23 May 2013 CPOL
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Visual Studio extension to change "hidden" option for project loading to optimize loading big solutions.


Visual Studio extension to change Visual Studio "hidden" option for project loading to reduce loading time for big solutions.

Visual Studio solutions can contain a large number of projects. The default Visual Studio behavior is to load all the projects in a solution at the time the solution is opened, and not to allow the user to access any of the projects until all of them have finished loading. When the process of project loading will last more than two minutes, a progress bar is displayed showing the number of projects loaded and the total number of projects. The user can unload projects while working in a solution with multiple projects, but this procedure has some disadvantages: the unloaded projects are not built as part of a Rebuild Solution command, and IntelliSense descriptions of types and members of closed projects are not displayed. Developers can reduce solution load times and manage project loading behavior by creating a solution load manager. The solution load manager can set different project loading priorities for specific projects or project types.

More info here: 

To change Visual Studio default project priority go to Tools -> Options -> Solution Load Manager.

The most optimal option for big solutions is "PLP_LoadIfNeeded".

Download extension from Visual Studio Gallery. 


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberBigTimber@home29-May-13 1:57 
Questionbeware of side effects PinmemberBigTimber@home28-May-13 4:52 
Although this seemed like it was working for me at first, I did discover that there were unwanted side effects. I use the search feature in VS fairly frequently, and discovered to my dismay that, with this trick implemented, the "search entire solution" was now missing quite a few occurrences. So I guess I'll have to dispense with this trick and go back to letting the entire solution load.
AnswerRe: beware of side effects PinmemberPavlo Iarovyi28-May-13 23:17 
GeneralRe: beware of side effects PinmemberBigTimber@home29-May-13 1:52 
QuestionGood idea! PinprotectorOriginalGriff23-May-13 2:38 

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