Last weekend I was working on a Media Browser plugin and I came across a post on the Media Browser dev forums showing a Visual Studio macro to ease the pain of debugging plugins, which normally require attaching to the Media Centre host. (That post is here).
Today at work I had an 'ah ha' moment and thought I should be doing the same for IIS/w3ws, as multiple times a day I'm opening the debug processes, pressing 'w', going down to w3wp.exe and attaching to it do I can debug my ASP.NET applications. So here it is.
To do the same on your own machine:
- in Visual Studio to go Tools -> Macros -> Macros IDE...
- Now right-click on 'My Macros' and select Add -> Add Module...
- Rename the Module to whatever.
- Add code from below.
- Right click on "MyMacros" and select Build then close the Macro IDE
- In the main VS IDE, go to Tools -> Options -> Keyboard and in "Press shortcut keys:" enter the shortcut keys combination you want to use to run this macro
- Type 'MyMacros' in to 'Show commands containing:' and select AttachToW3WP and repeat for BuildAndAttachToW3WP
I've got two macros because I may not want to rebuild each time.
Public Module VSDebugger
Public Sub AttachToW3WP()
Dim attached As Boolean = False
Dim proc As EnvDTE.Process
For Each proc In DTE.Debugger.LocalProcesses
If (Right(proc.Name, 8) = "w3wp.exe") Then
attached = True
If attached = False Then
MsgBox("Couldn't find w3wp.exe")
Public Sub BuildAndAttachToW3WP()
Update: You may experience trouble finding the Macro in Tools->Options->Keyboard. Make sure you open it from the main VS menu, not from within the Macro IDE. Also if you still can't find it, try adding the above code to an existing Module within Samples. A co-worker had this problem when adding the Macro and this fixed it.