Making Visual Studio 2010 References Stick

Visual Studio 2010 has an annoying tendency to somehow lose references to DLLs — the reference worked for ages and out of the blue you receive a warning: The referenced component ‘Xyz’ could not be found.

If you have the source for the DLL there’s an easy workaround:

  1. Reference the project that creates the DLL
  2. Reference the DLL from the Add Reference window’s Projects tab

Additional goodies: all the DLL’s TODOs show up in your Task List, no more stale references and the Go To Definition command showing the code and not just the interface.

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