Paste code from Visual Studio 2015 to Windows Live Writer

Now it is close to the end of 2015, but Windows Live Writer 2012 is still the best Windows blogging tool. For years I use a Windows Live Writer plugin called VSPaste for code snippets. With VSPaste, any code in any language can be copied from Visual Studio, and paste into Windows Live Writer with 100% accurate syntax highlighting.

However, VSPaste has a problem with Visual Studio 2015 RTM (not with RC) – the pasted HTML code always has a white background: <span style=”background: white;”>code</span>. To quickly fix this, the easiest way is to decompile the source code of VSPaste.

VSPaste is a small dll located in Windows Live Writer’s plugin directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Writer\Plugins\VSPaste.dll. It can be decompiled to a project with source code, by .NET reflector free trial version:

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Reflector will ask for reference assembly, just point it to C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Writer\WindowsLive.Writer.Api.dll. Then it decompiles VSPaste.dll to a complete C# project.

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Now open the VSPaste.csproj, and search for string “background”. Here it is:

private void SyncColors(bool bgOnly)
{
    int? nullable;
    int? nullable2;
    if ((this.background != this.nextBackground) || ((((nullable = this.color).GetValueOrDefault() != (nullable2 = this.nextColor).GetValueOrDefault()) || (nullable.HasValue != nullable2.HasValue)) && !bgOnly))
    {
        if (this.color.HasValue || this.background.HasValue)
        {
            this.writer.Write("</span>");
        }
        this.color = this.nextColor;
        this.background = this.nextBackground;
        if (this.color.HasValue || this.background.HasValue)
        {
            this.writer.Write("<span style=\"");
            if (this.color.HasValue)
            {
                this.writer.Write("color:");
                this.writer.Write(this.colors.CssColor(this.color.Value));
            }
            if (this.background.HasValue)
            {
                if (this.color.HasValue)
                {
                    this.writer.Write(';');
                }
                this.writer.Write("background:");
                this.writer.Write(this.colors.CssColor(this.background.Value));
            }
            this.writer.Write("\">");
        }
    }
}

Just comment out the 2 highlighted statement and compile, then copy the new VSPaste.dll to C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Writer\Plugins. It is done. Please notice only debug build works here. Release build will crash. Now VSPaste works with Visual Studio 2015 again.

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