Shared Project Reference Manager


Manages References to Shared Projects

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by JohnsonRuler | November 16 2014

I love this concept and it would really be great to see this working with MVC

by Sam Karim | September 04 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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  • Path is ignored for Page project items
    2 Posts | Last post Wed 2:09 PM
    • I have this entry in my SharedProject.projitems file
        <Page Include="$(MSBuildThisFileDirectory)Styles\Dictionary1.xaml">
      When built it appears in the .dll'r resources as:
      <data name="dictionary2.xaml" type="System.Resources.ResXFileRef, System.Windows.Forms">
      As you can see "Styles\" path is lost and if I reference this resource dictionary in App.xaml like this:
      <ResourceDictionary Source="Styles\Dictionary1.xaml" />
      it cannot be resolved and crashes. However referencing resource dictionary like this works:
      <ResourceDictionary Source="Dictionary1.xaml" />
      I feel it is a pretty easy bug, if only this project was open sourced... I'd fix it straight away :)
    • NOTE: this is only relevant for WP8 Silverlight apps (Store apps are ok)
  • Shared NuGet package settings?
    1 Posts | Last post January 18, 2015
    • I will be usefull to introduce some mechanism for sharing NuGet package settings for group of projects inside solution (for example database ORM project always reference NHibernate,Iesi etc.)
  • Share Views and Controllers of MVC Projects
    1 Posts | Last post November 15, 2014
    • This would be perfect for our main MVC product with reseller capabilities but it does not seem to work for this type of projects. The Bundle.config complains and then IIS does not find the views...
  • Installation on VS Express
    1 Posts | Last post October 08, 2014
    • Hi,
      This extension seems really useful, is there any reason for which it's only applicable to the Pro version of Visual Studio? Can I modify it to install it on my VS 2013 update 3 Express for Windows Apps?
  • Primary benefit(s) of Shared Projects?
    1 Posts | Last post October 08, 2014
    • So - when would I use a Shared Project? 
      - for instance, if one created some libraries / components shared among solutions, would you use a Shared Project then and IF that's the case, how does TFS handle shared projects as sharing sources within TFS is not an easy task.
      - or is Sharing Projects mainly used for sharing code among various architectures? (as in almost every sentence, which mentions Shared Projects is also mentions Windows Phone)
  • 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.
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