Shared Project Reference Manager


Manages References to Shared Projects

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by LaurentDuveau | May 15 2015

by Damian Suess | March 28 2015

Seriously, great job!! I love using this with my Xamarin projects and also Windows Desktop solutions in Visual Studio.

You easily solved tons of man-hours and we no longer have to duplicate code across or build another DLL to house all of these items. Its so nice having everything all together when need be!


by WhiteBahamut | March 18 2015

Awsome! What I was looking for. Was messing around with my shared project and had a few problems re-adding it. This extension did the magic.

Well done!

by George I. Birbilis | March 18 2015

hope to see this as standard VS functionality, after all Xamarin Studio has such from what I know

1) After installing you have to restart VS2013 to see the template I think
2) the template icon shows a mobile phone, could show instead the same icon (with a language icon overlay, like C#) as the one shown inside the Solution Explorer pane (two overlapping rhombi)

by Nikola Prokopić | March 13 2015

One word - Magnificent!

by Michael-DragonSpark | March 10 2015

Works perfectly! Why this is not default functionality is beyond me.

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 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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  • Intellisense not working
    1 Posts | Last post March 28, 2015
    • While working on my solution, the classes under the Shared Project lost the use of Intellisense. Is this something that is common or a known issue?  Keep in mind this solution is very small and only consists of a few classes & isn't monstrous just yet.
      Most notably its happening on my SqlDataAdapter and SqlConnection. At first i just needed to recompile the whole solution and then it came back. Now it's not working at all for any class in the Shared project space.
      Any thoughts?
  • Support Visual Studio 2015
    2 Posts | Last post March 25, 2015
    • Is it possible to add support for Visual Studio 2015? I am hooked to this extension but must upgrade to support the new Windows 10 stuff.
    • Never mind, it's integrated into VS 2015, even better :-)
  • Performance issue with large solutions
    1 Posts | Last post March 17, 2015
    • Performance profiling shows that with a large solution (384 projects, sadly), this plugin will spend a long time updating UI controls with the list of available projects when closing the solution. Closing this solution takes 2 minutes, 90 seconds of which is the plugin updating the UI. Actually, it's Visual Studio being really slow at marshalling with the command bars, but it's still crazy slow. I believe the plugin also has an impact on loading the solution, for the same reasons, but I haven't measured.
  • Path is ignored for Page project items
    2 Posts | Last post March 04, 2015
    • 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.
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