6th May 2008

Visual Studio 2008 Crashes

I’ve been having a ton of issues with Visual Studio 2008 since it came out. I mostly use it as a text editor at the moment for editing my PHP files. I know this is a bit of a wacky scenario, but you can open a web project, get a good view of your directories, and I’m very used to all its shortcuts, etc (I feel lost in Eclipse, other editors).

One of my favorite VS features has been the fairly powerful “find in files” command. I’m sure Eclipse has something equivalent, but I haven’t found it yet. Unfortunately this has been routinely crashing in VS 2008, to the point where I have a copy of VS 2005 open just to search in my project. Then today Visual Studio 2008 crashes just opening one of the PHP files in my project.

I’ve seen a bunch of reports of similar things on the net, although most seem to be issues with 64-bit systems. Searching around a bit I found Scott had posted a link to a hot-fix patch roll-up. The good news is that it looks like it fixed my “find in files” problem, but it doesn’t seem to have fixed the problem opening that one file. I’ll post more as I figure it out later.

Update- After editing that problem file in VS 2005, the crash went away in VS 2008- so far the patch is a big success. Also, Scott Guthrie continues to score points in the “most responsive and helpful Microsoft person ever” category by jumping on my post with an offer to help. Given his 5-gold stars (I’ve been playing too much Rockband) and 1million+ score in that contest, I’m sure no one can catch him anyway.

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