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I am still trying to set up Visual Studio for solidity development. I am following this tutorial: https://medium.com/@ConsenSys/solidity-integration-with-visual-studio-8bdab2ff8a74#.35fbkvlae

I have Visual Studio 2015 Community and the solidity extension installed. I was able to download bloc, use "bloc init", "npm install", and "bloc genkey", but when I try "bloc start" nothing happens for about 30 seconds and then it just jumps into the next line without printing anything. It doesnt print "bloc is listening on 0.0.0.0:8000" as the tutorial describes.

Then when I try to deploy a sample contract in visual studio I get an error. My understanding is that Bloc is not properly running yet. How can I figure out if the bloc keyserver is actually running? And what can I do if bloc start doesn't work?

The screenshot below shows that bloc is only responding with a blank line(after the first line). I dont believe this is due to a wrong directory, because when I am in the wrong directory, I get a specific error message(after the third command line).

image showing an empty line after the command. However when I am in the wrong directory a specific error message is displayed.

Thanks, Max

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Make sure you start block in the correct project directory. You also do not need to use block genkey.

I should mention that at the moment the extension is not worth using.

The extension is using solidity version 0.1.6-d41f8b7c and basic solidity features like inheritance and modifiers are not supported by the block tool.

MS as aware of this issue but so far nothing has been updated.

I use this solidity extension for Visual Studio Code - https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=JuanBlanco.solidity.

You can then run a private test blockchain using Geth and use the solidity-browser to deploy to the private block test chain.

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  • What is the correct project directory? I believe I am in the right directory, because when I try "bloc start" in a different directory, I get a specific error telling me I am in the wrong directory. – Max Binnewies Sep 5 '16 at 0:47
  • From your output above it looks like you in are in the wrong directory, You want the directory with the config.yaml file. – Alex Darby Sep 5 '16 at 0:50
  • Oh im sorry, the screenshot might be a bit confusing. It is actually of two different things: First I am in the directory I believe to be the correct one. The reaction of bloc is only an empty line. Then I switch to the wrong directory to show the error message. I wanted to show why I believe that I am in the correct directory(because I dont get that message). Yesterday this made sense to me, but now I realize that the interpretation of that screenshot is not immediately obvious. – Max Binnewies Sep 5 '16 at 20:15

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