PI ACE in Visual Studio 2010??  But of course!

Blog Post created by spilon on Mar 1, 2010

If you're like me, you probably downloaded and installed Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (VS2010) as soon as it became available (CTP, Beta1, Beta2, RC1 for partners...). And if you are using PI ACE, you might have noticed that the PI ACE Wizard does not appear under the Tools menu like it did in VS2003, VS2005 and VS2008.


Of course, the next release of PI ACE will incorporate nicely in VS2010, but the obvious question is: can I use PI ACE in VS2010 today?


And you probably guessed the answer, thanks to the title of this blog post: yes you can!


First, copy/paste the appropriate files from the %MYDOCUMENTS%\Visual Studio 2008\Addins folder to the %MYDOCUMENTS%\Visual Studio 2010\Addins folder - see screenshot below:




Then you need to edit the PIACEWizard.AddIn file as follows, using your favorite text/XML editor:




And voilà, you now have a nice "PIACEWizard" item that shows up under the Tools menu in VS2010! Just make sure you target the right version of the .NET Framework, the same used by your PI ACE Scheduler (most likely 3.5, if you are using VS2008 to develop your ACE calculations today).