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Our team uses Neutron inside our main product ReviewBasics. That is a really big Visual Studio 2005 solution (55+ projects), including several Neutron projects. In other words, our team is “building next generation Rich Internet Applications that combine Flash on the front-end and .NET on the server-side”, as the home page of Neutron website says.

Currently our flash front-end uses some quite big 3rd-party AS2 libraries which are referenced to Neutron projects (see the note below). The classes within the libraries participate in code complete operations, so it takes some time for IntelliSense database initialization while the project is loading.

Note: Neutron supports Zip reference feature that allows you to link an external library as a zip file, and Neutron automatically unzips and references classes within.

Actually, such possibilities are not needed for our server-side .NET part of the team. Most of them never touch the AS2.0 code. All they need is to compile this code while rebuilding the entire solution.

Well, that can be easily switched off. To disable IntelliSense database creation on project loading go to ‘Tools’ -> ‘Options’ in the main Visual Studio 2005 menu. Select ‘Projects and Solutions’ -> ‘Neutron Project Settings’ in the appearing Options dialog, and uncheck ‘Enable IntelliSense’ checkbox. Next time the projects will be loaded without IntelliSense initialization phase.

In addition, on this option page you can set the path, where MTASC compiler is located. That can be useful if you want to compile with HAMTASC instead. See How To: Substitute MTASC with HAMTASC tutorial.

Also, you can manage cache directory for ZIP references used in your Neutron project.

Enjoy!

 

~ Dmitry

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Working on new Neutron installer (which is not MSI based due to some troubles related to Vista UAC system) I had to install the assembly into the GAC without using gacutil.exe. I mean programmatically.

I googled some blog posts on this subject. The first article proposed to use Windows Installer. From my point of view it is too complicated. After that I read about programmatic modifying the GAC with the Fusion APIs (C++ example and managed one). Smells like a hack. Rejected as well.

And then I found the awesome post which describes a really good solution of my problem: you can use System.EnterpriseServices.Internal.Publish class to install your assembly into the GAC and uninstal it back!

You just need to write a line of code:

new System.EnterpriseServices.Internal.Publish().GacInstall(”myassembly.dll”);

Enjoy!

~Dmitry

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