Visual Studio 2015 - Tools - give "Object reference not set to an instance of object"

Topics: General Questions
Jul 24 at 6:20 PM
Hi Tom,

I'm using DeploymentFrameworkForBizTalkV5_7_RC2.msi with BT2016/VS2015.
Works fine in one project, so I don't think it's an install issue.

Today I created my first - a BTDF for a project that no binaries. The whole app is simply pass thru's (no schema, no maps, no pipelines, no orchestrations). Just a binding file on which to do substitution.

In Visual Studio, when I click "Tools", then "Deployment Framework for BizTalk", then any other item, it pops up an error box that says: "Object reference not set to an instance of object"

I added the project using the BTDF add project wizard.

Any ideas what to look at first?

Neal Walters
Jul 25 at 1:40 PM
I added a dummy/empty "BizTalk Project" to the solution, and now the menu errors goes away.
So is this a necessity? What is the minimum I have to do? I'll play with it today and try to figure out.