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Welcome to Assembly Hell

Posted in Reporting Services at Thursday, February 26, 2004 2:12 AM Pacific Standard Time

Well I finally got my Reporting Services issue resolved. It seems the problem wasn't really with RS itself, but rather I had entered into some kind of Assembly Hell. Here is what happened.

1) I installed the Resharper Visual Studio add-in. I tried it out for a bit and then uninstalled it because some of the things it did to my IDE was driving me nuts.

2) I uninstalled the Enterprise version of RS.

3) I installed the Developer version of RS.

4) At this point the RS report designer no longer worked.

What finally gave me the clue that unlocked the mystery was the error message I was getting when I tried to create a new RS project. It was telling me that the “the located assembly's manifest definition does not match ...”. The assembly that it was reporting this problem for was Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Interop.dll. So I then searched my hard drive for this file and discovered the problem.

Resharper had installed a copy of Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Interop.dll in the Common7/IDE/PrivateAssemblies folder. The version on this file was 7.0.3266.0. RS also had installed a version of this file in it's own folder that which was version 8.0.30310.1. So apparently when VS was trying to load the report editor it was looking first in the private assembly folder and finder the version that didn't match what it was looking for. Once that happened it would just quit without giving any errors unless you specifically tried to create a new RS project.

So in the end, I could probably uninstall the Enterprise edition (which I now have running) and install the Developer version, but I really don't want to since everything is working and now I can go back to being productive. This is my first experience with Assembly Hell and somehow I doubt it will be my last.

Thursday, February 26, 2004 2:45:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I ran into the same issue. JetBrains folks are looking at it.
Friday, February 27, 2004 1:52:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
ReSharper 69 addresses this issue.
Friday, February 27, 2004 4:36:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Cool. I will take another look at ReSharper...
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 1:55:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I had some of the same problems.
<br><a target="_new" href="http://www.lazycoder.com/weblog/index.php?p=45">http://www.lazycoder.com/weblog/index.php?p=45</a>
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 1:53:29 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Could you please tell me where I can purchase this for one of my clients.

Kind Regards
Zelda Francis
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