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Cannot use "Edit and continue" in Visual Studio 2005

Posted on 2009-07-13
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Hi,

I'm writing a plugin for an external program (MapWindow) using VB.NET and Visual Studio 2005. The project builds as a class library (.dll). The debugger starts the external program that loads the project. This works fine but in break mode I cannot edit the source files, they are locked for editing.

Does anybody have an idea why the Edit and continue feature is not available in this scenario? I've checked all the obvious settings and other projects can be edited while debugging.
Note that the output path for the build is not the default debug folder, the project has to build in the plugin folder of the external program. Could this be the problem?

TIA
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There are only certain project types that allow for the editing while running the program. These are any application types that can be compiled on the fly (i.e. websites). If they cannot compile on the fly, you cannot make changes while in debug.
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by:JosP
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Not sure what you mean with compile on the fly.
This project type is basically the same as for example an add-in for any of the Office products. I never had any trouble using edit and continue with those projects.
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when I say "compile on the fly" I mean that it is NOT REQUIRED that you build the project to use it. For example, if you create a website and just run it, IIS will automatically compile the website for you. While in debug, if you make a change IIS will detect this and recompile the site "on the fly".

If you are working with a project that requires the compiler to create the DLL, then you will need to stop debugging and re-run/re-compile the application to make the changes.
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by:JosP
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Still don't understand why it doesn't work in this scenario, but I accept that it just doesn't, for some reason...
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