F# Included in Visual Studio 2010

Don Syme has just announced that F# will ship in the box with Visual Studio 2010.


Extension Manager

One of the new features we plan on shipping for VS 2010 that I’ve been heads down on for the past few months is the "Extension Manager". I’ll be posting more details about it here over the next several months. For the meantime, you can hear more about it (and see some very early mockups)…


Split Window / New Window – Bad Painting Behavior in your Language Service

Recently, a question was asked on the VSX Forum about bad behavior from a language service after the user issues a “split window” or “new window” command. (Fonts are wrong, scroll bars don’t work and are corrupt, etc…) The problem is even present in the RegExLanguageService sample in the Visual Studio 2008 SDK (which is…



The Boo programming language now has a Codeplex project called BooLangStudio which adds Boo intellisense, project templates, etc… to Visual Studio. Cool!


Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 Released

Earlier this week, we released the Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1. This is the SDK which is compatible with Visual Studio 2008 SP1. The blog post linked above has more details on new features and fixes in this release.


Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Shipped

We shipped Visual Studio 2008 SP1 & .NET 3.5 SP1 to the web this morning! Soma has more details. We are currently putting the finishing touches on the Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 (which targets SP1) and plan on releasing it soon.


VSX Developer Conference : Sep 15-16, 2008 – Redmond, WA

In just a few weeks, we’ll be hosting a conference here in Redmond at the Microsoft Conference Center devoted to covering Visual Studio Extensibility. I’ll be presenting a session entitled “Deploying VSX Projects”. One of the best parts about the conference is that the fee is only $100. That fee also covers an included copy…


Package Load Key Generator

Recently, we published a simple web page that will generate a Package/Shell Load Key for you immediately. No more waiting for an email to arrive, logging in with Live ID, etc…


Namespace# – Diagnostics Viewer for HxS (Help 2.0)

Anand has just announced a new tool called Namespace# for diagnosing problems and working with Help 2.0 integration. I haven’t tried it out yet, but this looks like a really promising tool for anyone integrating help content with Visual Studio.


Hello, MEF

Congratulations to the MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework) team who just released their first CTP! As Gareth mentioned earlier, "this is something to keep an eye on as it will play a role in Visual Studio eXtensibility in the future." Krzysztof Cwalina posted a great intro to MEF a few weeks back.