Xaml Viewer (using VSIP!!!)

In case you haven’t seen this yet, Gaston Milano has released a Xaml viewer/editor that runs inside Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1. Very cool indeed! I set this up on a test machine and got some of the other VS Extensibility folks to check it out. Needless to say, some jaws hit the floor :-)….


Where can I get flex & bison?

One of the most common requests I see on the VS extensibility newsgroup (and in my Inbox) is “where can I get a version of flex and bison that will work with the VSIP Language Wizard”? Here is how I recommend you set up your machine if you plan on writing a language service for…


Coming soon to a package near you

Now that the summer is over officially (it’s back around 55°F here in Seattle), it’s time to get back to work. J For those of you who still haven’t taken a sneak peek at the features coming to VSIP in 2005 by downloading the Beta SDK, here is a preview of some of the great…


Somasegar on VSIP

The vice president heading up the Developer Division here at Microsoft, S. Somasegar, has a blog entry about VSIP.

Extensibility Chat Transcript

This is a bit of old news, but in case you missed it, the transcript for the Visual Studio 2005 Extensibility chat has been posted on MSDN. Enjoy! (Link fixed on 10/24/04)

Visual Studio 2005 Extensibility Chat Tomorrow!

There will be a web chat with some members of the Visual Studio team tomorrow afternoon. Please join us if you can!! From the description: “Add-ins, macros, and packages – oh my! Join members of the Visual Studio team for a discussion on the things you can do to make Visual Studio an even better…


VSIP SDK 2005 Beta 1

This is a bit of old news, but definitely worth the mention. You can now download the VSIP SDK 2005 Beta 1 from the Visual Studio Extensibility Center. Now that VS 2005 has hit Beta 1, I plan on blogging about some of the new VSIP features in the coming weeks.

C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me

Hmm, I’ve been slacking off a bit on the blog, haven’t I. Oh well, time to delve back into another VSIP lesson. In addition to package loading and getting/calling services provided by the environment and other packages, cookies are also a pretty important concept in VSIP. A cookie in short is an unsigned integer (uint) that the…

Express Products

There have been a ton of people blogging about these today, and I wanted to join the choir. I would highly encourage you to go check out the new Express line of Visual Studio products that we’re releasing. You can also go there to get more information on Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1.

Visual Studio as a Platform

One of the quotes I picked up on from this recent article on eWeek was “…Microsoft is really putting lots of effort into making Visual Studio .Net a third-party platform…” This is certainly true and I think a platform is really the right way to think about extensibility for Visual Studio. There are a lot of…