CTC Files and Package Delay Loading

VSIP Extras certainly does a lot to help out with moving into the managed code world for package writers, but it seems that you still can’t escape native code entirely. One of the things you may notice if you use the package wizard is that even when you create a package in C#, one of the…



This tool has been out for a few months now from Microsoft UK, but I thought I’d bring it to your attention. CoverageEye is a free tool to gather code coverage data on your .NET assemblies. Code coverage is one of the best ways to ensure that you’re executing the right set of tests on your applications.  Enjoy!


The Oracle says…

In case you didn’t see the press release, it was announced today that Oracle is the latest VSIP partner!


It’s What’s For Dinner

Mmmmm…..smell those features. Some of the members of the VS Extensibility team will be at TechEd this week and will be holding a feature cook-off. Basically, they will code whatever macro, add-in, or VSIP package you’d like to see [within reason of course] 🙂 right on stage! The chefs need suggestions for features you’d like…


CTC Colorizing

After releasing his recent managed resource editor for VS .NET 2003, Gaston Milano has done it again. This time, he has developed a CTC colorizer you can use when editing CTC files. Way to go Gaston!


Creating Packages with VSIP Extras (Part 2)

Continuing from last time… Most of the interesting stuff in the wizard generated package is in the VsPkg.cs file. You may notice that it contains a class that inherits from the Package class (more on this later) and has several attributes associated with it. In case you didn’t know, attributes are a way of providing…


Managed Resource Editor using VSIP Extras

Gaston Milano has released a managed resource editor using the final release of VSIP Extras. Nice work Gaston! This is an awesome tool!


Help my Help!!!

As was mentioned in one of the comments on this blog and in the VSIP Extras Beta newsgroup, there is a problem with installing the VSIP Extras help files. If you have VS, MSDN, & VSIP (w/Extras) installed on a non-system drive, you may notice that ONLY the VSIP docs show up when you go…



VSIP EXTRAS IS RELEASED In addition, we’ve also launched a new section on MSDN devoted to Visual Studio extensibility called the “Visual Studio Extensibility Center”. You can go there for information on how to download VSIP and VSIP Extras. You can now write packages in managed code (C#, VB .NET, J#, Managed C++, etc…) and…


VSIP Help Filter

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…