I suppose this isn’t really a VSIP specific thing, but I think it’s a helpful thing to point out to VSIP developers. One of the things I really like in VS .NET’s help system are the filters. I write most of my code in C#, so it’s nice to be able to pull down a C# filter and increase my “hit rate” of relevant info that helps me answer a question. When you install VSIP (and VSIP Extras for that matter), no help filter is installed for the VSIP docs. You can easily add one yourself though by following these steps:
- In VS .NET 2003, go to Help -> Edit Filters
- At the top of the page, click “New”
- At the bottom of the page (List of Available Attributes and their Values), expand the DocSet node and click “VSIP SDK (VsipSDK)”.
- At the top of the page, click “Save”
- Type in “VSIP” (or whatever you want your filter to display as), and click OK
- Close the “Edit Help Filters” page.
That’s all there is to it! Hopefully this will aid your productivity when you’re writing the world’s next great VSIP package.