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Debugging a Plugin

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In the Visual Studio project properties, set the Start Action in the Debug tab to External Program and point the path to something like (Windows 7, 64-bit):

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe

This will start a second instance of Visual Studio when you start debugging. In the Visual Studio project properties, set the Output path of the assembly in the Build tab to something like:

C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Sitecore\Sitecore.Rocks\Plugins\

This will ensure that Sitecore Rocks loads the assembly when starting up.

Visual Studio Experimental Instance

Visual Studio can be run in an experimental instance mode, so that any configuration changes do not interfere with the normal configuration.

To use experimental mode, add the string:

/rootsuffix Exp

to the Command line arguments field.

Rocks supports experimental mode by using the alternative path:

C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Sitecore\Sitecore.RocksExp\Plugins\

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