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Please open my .aspx fast

Still in the topic of performance, I'll throw a little freebie. Visual Studio seems to take an inordinate amount of time to open .aspx files for the first time. I noticed that the status bar read "Initializing toolbox..." for a long time. I'm mentioning .aspx but it really applies to any other webforms markup like .ascx and .master as well.

Heck, I don't even have the toolbox loaded, docked, or hidden in my IDE. I don't use the toolbox at all for web develoment. I'm more of a source view kind of programmer. So why should I be penalized like that?

I shouldn't. Here's what I did to speed that up:

  • Show the toolbox
  • Right-click and select "Choose Items..."
  • Uncheck every item that the namespace contains "Web" (I also unchecked controls that I can't stand, like the database connections and data sources.)
  • Click OK to save that, close the toolbox again and enjoy your precious stolen time again.

Posted 11-22-2008 5:33 PM by sergiopereira



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Ahh! Thank you! That was a HUGE help! =)

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