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Edit and Continue

I may very well be the last one to figure this one out, but I always thought that the Edit and Continue option in Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 was a myth. I always made certain that the Enable Edit and Continue check-box was firmly checked, as shown below, but I had never gotten the feature to work.

With that option enabled any time I attempted to alter the code during debug, to add a quick comment or fix a small typo, the dreaded message would pop up, mocking me for not losing that habit.

Only recently I was told that the darn thing works the other way around. I don't know if I'm reading this wrong, but it seems counter-intuitive that un-checking that option enables you to edit the source file during a debug session. I un-checked it and to my shock it worked. I felt that anger of several years of being deprived of that feature boiling inside of me and I had to take a deep breath to avoid a nervous breakdown.

Exaggerations aside, this one goes into my list of why wasn't I told that before along with:

Posted 03-29-2008 5:19 PM by sergiopereira
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Derik Whittaker wrote re: Edit and Continue
on 03-29-2008 8:52 PM

Let me know if you see any speed issues with this being on.  Once upon a time I had this on and i remember the IDE getting real slow on larger projects.

El Guapo wrote re: Edit and Continue
on 03-30-2008 8:03 AM

Edit and continue means edit the file, recompile it, and continue debugging with the change. The error message is telling you it couldn't do it for whatever reason. When you un-check the box, that DOES mean the feature is disabled. When you edit the file, you are just editing it and there is no "continue". Hope this helps.

Eber Irigoyen wrote re: Edit and Continue
on 03-30-2008 2:50 PM

WOOT!? wrote Edit and Continue is broken
on 03-31-2008 6:18 AM

You've been kicked (a good thing) - Trackback from

Developer K wrote re: Edit and Continue
on 04-24-2008 4:22 PM

Wow. I had the same idea of this that you did! I thought it just didn't work!!

Thanks Sergio!

Roberto wrote re: Edit and Continue
on 05-06-2008 1:55 PM


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