VL vs. .NET Nugets
A VL Nuget is a nuget specifically created for use with vl that won’t work for any other .NET language. It is still a valid nuget in the original terms of NuGet but since it contains .vl documents it will not be useable outside of vl.
A .NET Nuget on the other hand is more generally targetting any .NET language.
You can reference either VL or .NET nugets via the menu by navigating to it and pressing the right mousebutton to toggle its selection:
Find on nuget.org opens a webbrowser and lets you search for nugets in the online repository. Note that for now, after you’ve found what you’re looking for, you’ll still have to install a nuget manually via the commandline
Show installed opens a file explorer at the path all your nugets are installed locally
Commandline Opens a commandline from which you can run nuget commands like "install"
|Some packages may only be available as a "prerelease". To install those, add the commandline argument "-prerelease" when running "nuget install".|
|After installing a nuget via the commandline it is not yet automatically referenced by the current document! It is now merely available among the Nugets via the Dependencies menu from where it can be added as a reference as shown above.|
If a nuget that is referenced by a document cannot be found, it will be listed in red in the Dependencies menu. In such a case a rightclick on a red entry allows you to:
Note that you can rightlclick to select multiple red entries and then choose to apply either install or remove to all of them at once.
Some nugets are shipping with or depending on unmanaged/native .dlls which cannot be picked up by vl automatically since there isn’t a pattern in the nuget specification as to how those should be handled. So in order to get such unmanaged dependencies of a nuget picked up, for now you’ll have to add a search-path for vl via a batch file, like so:
SET PATH=%PATH%;c:\path\to\nugets\nativelibs; vvvv.exe
A vl document can reference other .vl documents and managed .dll files.
Here are 3 ways to reference local files:
Drop a .vl or .dll file onto a patch
Press Ctrl+R to select files via a file browser
Files that are showing up in red cannot be found on disk. You can Rightlcick to remove their reference. Note that you can also rightclick to select multiple files in a row and then apply "Remove" to all of them at once.
Libraries from the GAC (Global Assembly Cache)
By default .NET comes with a large number of assemblies that can be referenced. They are stored in the GAC on all machines that have .NET installed and can be referenced from there via:
In the dialog you need to double-click entries that you want to add as references.