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Custom control keeps disappearing in Visual Basic 2008

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Hello,
I have a custom control that I use for a date-picker on several VB.NET windows forms. The control has a button on it, that pops the calendar up when the user clicks it. (I'm using framework 3.5, VS2008)

Daily, I go into Visual Studio 2008 to modify and test the forms and every day, at least one form is missing the "buttons" on the custom control. (It looks like a textbox without the button, though the properties clearly says it's my customized control.)

Sometimes the control comes back correctly if I add a new one (customized) for the form, or press F4/properties... or go out of the project and back in. There seems to be no consistency in getting the control to show back up on the forms. (Sometimes it'll work on one form but not another...)

I would appreciate any help on this. I'm dealing with this every day... sometimes the same forms, sometimes different ones. The inconsistency makes it hard to find a fix.

Help! (and Thanks!)
Mary Z
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Have a look at this link and see if it helps:
             http://www.vbforums.com/showthread.php?p=3567669
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I don't know that my question is completely answered. But I have some work-arounds for this. I don't believe it is a coding problem.

Just today I had the issue come up. In the VS 2008 the control appeared to be gone, but when I ran the project, it found the custom control, which then showed up on the forms: no more errors or disappearing controls.

I'm closing this as I seem to be able to work with it now. Thanks!
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For the record, I believe the cause of the problem is still the NullReferenceException error that I alluded to in my original post.  This error appears whenever there is an unhandled exception, and it can manifest itself several different ways.  Here are some more references:
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/csharpide/thread/c023cd11-def4-4fde-a95a-7d8d496ce904

http://www.eggheadcafe.com/community/aspnet/7/10149170/error-message-nullreferenceexception.aspx

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1489094/cssfriendly-nullreferenceexception
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