I’m still waiting for Add Reference…

Yes, I know the .NET Framework is big and I’ve lots of amazing assemblies in my GAC… but why-oh-why does it take so long to populate this?

The Add Reference dialog in Visual Studio

If it t’were up to me I’d populate this in the background a few moments after Visual Studio has loaded. As it is, there’s a jolly good chance you won’t find the assembly you’re looking for until a minute or two have gone by and the list box isproperly populated.

My dodge for detecting when it’s loaded is to click on the “Component Name” column. If the little triangle appears, you’re in business:

Then you can type incrementally to get the assembly you’re after. Another pet peeve, that: why no Search… box?