Monthly Archives: April 2011

Getting Visual Studio Key Mappings in Eclipse

Over the last few weeks I have been writing my first Android app in Java (more details will come once it released – hush hush right now). While Eclipse has improved a lot since I last used in (back in 2003 or so), I have found the experience reasonably frustrating coming from the nicely polished Visual Studio 2010.

While most of these things are just a matter of switching from KoolAid back to plain old rusty tap water, there’s one thing that bites me time and time again – different key mappings! Fortunately, it’s actually pretty easy to change your mappings to be more “Visual Studio” like.

First of all, you need to install the C/C++ Development Tools – Help > Install New Software

Install the C++ developer tools

Once you restart the environment, go to Window > Preferences > General > Keys and set your Scheme to “Microsoft Visual Studio”

Set your scheme to Visual Studio


How to speed up Test Manager

I think we’re one of the only users of Microsoft’s Test Manager (MTM) – it’s actually a pretty amazing application for testing applications once you get used to it’s quirky UI. However, it can be very slow when running tests (even when you don’t choose “create action recording”) – for example, your mouse actions end up being jerky, and typing can be very unresponsive/bursty. The reason for this is that there are a lot of Trace Diagnostics that are running by default. We don’t use any of that information, so we turn it off. How does one do this?

  • First of all, go to Plan then select your root node and hit “Properties”
  • Create a new Manual Run Test Settings Configuration
  •  Go to Data and Diagnostics, and clear all the traces you don’t need
  • You will now use these settings by default when you hit Run
  • Bask in the speed of it all