Shared Project Reference Manager


Manages References to Shared Projects

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by Sam Karim | September 03 2014

by ramani_ankit | August 13 2014

by arens | August 11 2014

I totally love shared proejcts. It makes live so much easier. Unfortunately, I'm running into a lot of issues for the current version which I didn't encounter for universal apps.

by Javier Canton Ferrero | July 15 2014

Great new feature!

Will it come by default in Visual Studio 14?

The only problem for us is that we use different embedded resource on each platform for the same library. Waiting for something to handle this XD.

by Michael Dour | June 25 2014

This tool is great and really helps manage the complexity of projects that need to share the same source so you don't need to use linked files.

There is one issue with it though: when a project file is checked in to source control, trying to add a shared project reference to it crashes VS.

by Rehan Saeed | May 14 2014

Good but the ability to reference a shared project from another shared project would be nice.

by kam003 | May 13 2014

by Todd-Vertigo | May 13 2014

As most architects know, this has been possible for a few years by manually baking your own MSBuild files. The heavy cost with this technique is keeping teams inline with the churn; often updating the builds gets missed.

Thanks for pulling this close to the VS experience. This makes a huge difference to many project roles.

by Oren Novotny | April 18 2014

by Andrew L Arnott | April 18 2014

Very cool. Now using it for the PCLCrypto library.

by Tim Heuer | April 18 2014

Great to see this!

by navits - MSFT | April 18 2014

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  • No References branch in Shared Project
    2 Posts | Last post September 09, 2014
    • Created a project using Universal Apps > Hub App (Universal Apps) template in my preexisting solution. I have some portable class libraries in the  same solution that I would like to use in the .Shared project's SampleDataSource.cs
      But there is no References branch in this project. Other two projects - Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 have the References branch. Please  help!
    • Found this very informational piece on StackOverflow:
  • VS Express 2013. Update 3. Installation fails
    1 Posts | Last post September 05, 2014
    • HI. Keen to try this out but unable to insall, install log shows:
      5/09/2014 2:19:06 p.m. - Found installed product - Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop
      5/09/2014 2:19:06 p.m. - Found installed product - Global Location
      5/09/2014 2:19:06 p.m. - VSIXInstaller.NoApplicableSKUsException: This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.
         at VSIXInstaller.App.InitializeInstall()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.InnerInvoke()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.Execute()
      any tips most appreciated.
  • Problem when ~10+ projects in solution
    1 Posts | Last post August 21, 2014
    • Uninstalling this addon fixes this issue, reinstalling it brings it back...
      I have a solution with 20 C++ projects in it.
      When this addon is installed and all projects are loaded the Build Solution, Rebuild Solution and Clean Solution buttons are disabled.
      With 12 projects loaded it's the same.
      With only 11 projects loaded (any 11) the Build Solution and Rebuild Solution buttons are disabled. 
      With 10 Projects the Build Solution button is disabled.
      9 or less solutions then all buttons are available.
      I installed VS Update 3 recently, and haven't seen this problem with Update 2. Could this be a thing?? It's driving me insane :)
  • Package did not load correctly
    2 Posts | Last post August 19, 2014
    • Hi, 
      I am trying to add this extension to visual studio 2013 premium. I have tried multiple times with restarting visual studio, but i still get same following error. 
      "The 'SAPReferenceManagerPackage' package did not load correctly."
      Any help for solving this issue is greatly appreciated. 
    • Hi,
      I may be late but I got the same issue, I just did the Update [3] for Visual Studio (2013) and it works.
      I hope it will solve your problem.
  • Lots of issues unfortunately
    1 Posts | Last post August 11, 2014
    • Hi,
      first of all, thank you very much for this extension. Shared projects make my life so much easier. For now I just use them with universal apps. With this extension I had hoped to use it in the largest of my apps to make some things a lot easier than I currently do with PCLs.
      However, I'm running into a lot of issues. Mainly Visual Studio freezes and compiler issues. 
      I can see that the last update on this happened on April 18th. Any chance for an update here soon?
      I'd also be willing to send you my whole code so that you can have a look. For now, I don't want to try out VS 14 CTP as it is not recommended for production plus I think that WP is not supported 100% yet.
  • Shared Projects Built-In To Update 3?
    1 Posts | Last post August 08, 2014
    • From reading earlier posts I thought Update 3 added support for creating new shared projects from Add Project - that there was a template for Class Library (Shared). I installed VS 2013.3 RTM today and I can find no template that looks remotely like a shared class library.
      Does that mean I should download the Shared Project Reference Manager? Am I being particularly blockheaded by not seeing something?
  • Bug with Pages
    5 Posts | Last post July 18, 2014
    • Hi, 
      Just saw a problem with embedded resources as Pages and Resource Dictionary. If we check with ILSpy for example, we can see that paths are not included.
      Example :
      A page under the directory /Pages/MyPage/MyPage.xaml will be saved under mypage.xaml and not pages/mypage/mypage.xaml, so MergeDictionary as well as navigations will failed
      Tested with a Windows Phone Silverlight 8.0 project
    • Hi Rudy,
      Could you give us some more details about the issue you are seeing? I have been unable to reproduce this issue, so if you could provide what steps you took leading to the issue, that would be helpful.
      -Michael P.
    • Hi Michael,
      I can reproduce this. At the moment it makes sharing XAML content within a nested directly structure impossible. 
      Create a WP 8.0 or 8.1 project.
      Create a shared project and reference it in the WP project.
      Create a UserControl or Page (.xaml) in a nested directory and use it somewhere. It breaks.
      If you open the assembly in Reflector, the .XAML files are placed at the root and not in the nested directory.
    • Hi Daniel and Rudy,
      We've repro'd the issue and fixed it. The fix will be in next Visual Studio 14 CTP.
    • Will this fix also be in the next update for VS 2013?
  • Shared Projects in Visual Studio "14"
    1 Posts | Last post July 10, 2014
    • Visual Studio “14” CTP2 was just released. You can download it from the following link for free:
      One of the technology improvements in this release is Shared Projects. After installing this CTP2:
      • You can create an empty C# and JavaScript shared project from the File > New Project menu.
      • Windows Apps, Windows Phone Apps, and Universal Apps that are written in  C# and JavaScript can consume one or many of these shared projects.
      • Shared project references can be managed (added or removed) via the Reference Manager dialog, just like Project to Project references.
      • Shared Project referencing is also available for some Desktop C# projects. The project types and languages that support Shared Projects will continue to expand in future CTPs.
      If you’re interested in how the Shared Project features are evolving in Visual Studio 14, please give it a try. Your feedback and comments are welcome. We appreciate your help!
      NOTE: this is a very early CTP, so please install in a test environment.
      Please refer to for known issues.
      The recommendation is to install Visual Studio "14" CTP2 in a VM, a fresh computer, or another non-production test-only machine that does not have Visual Studio 2013 on it.
  • Todd Menier
    2 Posts | Last post May 30, 2014
    • Hello,
      I'd love to start using Shared Projects but as I understand it they require a Windows 8.1 developer license. Is this true? If so, why? This seems like a great general-purpose code sharing mechanism (a big improvement over linked files). Are there any plans to make them available to those of us who aren't building Store apps?
      Or am I completely wrong about all of this?
    • Oops...didn't mean for my name to be the title of the discussion. I'm not that arrogant! :)
  • JavaScript / HTML / WinJS apps?
    2 Posts | Last post May 16, 2014
    • I'm trying to use Shared Folders in the following solution structure:
      - Windows 8.1 JavaScript app
      - Windows Phone 8.1 JavaScript app
      - Web application project
      - Shared Folder containing HTML, JS and CSS files
      ... so I would like all of the HTML, JS and CSS in the Shared Folder to be copied to the first three projects in the solution. It works fine between the Windows and Windows Phone apps, but not the web application.
      For the web application, I see empty folders created and no html/js/css brought down.
      Do Shared Folders work for web apps? Any ideas on what is wrong?
    • Andy,
      I was able to do what you are describing without any issues.  Check that the files in the shared project are set to content.  If you have issues with this, shoot me an email.
      Steve Maier
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