# Monday, 17 December 2007

So, you're the proud owner of a ton of Visual Studio 2005 projects. And you've heard that converting them to 2008 projects is pretty much a flawlessly easy thing to do ... just open the project, let the conversion wizard run, and save it. Done! Except that if you have a hundred projects, that would be a crummy way to spend your time. Who has a hundred projects? Well a book might, or a course, or a presenter with tons of demos kicking around (I resemble that remark), or a development team with a lot on the go, I suppose.

Anyway, even if you only have dozens, wouldn't you like to be able to deal with them practically instantly instead of opening each in VS, watching the wizard do stuff, clicking Next and Finish on relatively pointless dialogs that essentially mean Are You Sitting Comfortably? No problem. John Robbins has a cool tip for you, but it's so short I can include it here in its entirety.

Open a Visual Studio Command prompt. CD your way to the folder with your project in it. Issue this command, subbing in your own sln file name:

devenv /upgrade MySoln.sln

Move on to the next folder. That's gotta be faster than watching wizards work! Remember, typing is a valuable skill even for the developers of today.



Monday, 17 December 2007 16:32:34 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [1]
Wednesday, 25 June 2008 12:38:23 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thanks a lot. It did save me a lot of work as I could put this in a batch file. We have may be 30 odd project in Visual Studio 2005 and we have some people working in 2005 and some in 2008, so this was a much needed help.

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