Creating Packages with VSIP Extras

If you’re a VSIP developer, you’re probably anticipating the final release of VSIP Extras (currently in beta). Not only can you write packages in C# (or any other .NET language for that matter), but we’ve even given you a wizard to get all the messy code done for you so you can focus on your…


That’s our final proffer

In reading a lot of VSIP documentation (especially about services….see previous entry), I kept noticing the word “proffer” is scattered all over. For those of you who ever wondered what it means (since it doesn’t seem to be a common American vernacular word), it is more or less a synonym with “offer”. Here is the…


Serve it Up!

If you’ve read any of the introductory material to VSIP (see below), you’ve undoubtedly come across the concept of services. A package can offer a service to itself and to other packages running inside the Visual Studio shell. If you’re using the VSIP Extras Helper Classes, proffering a service is a piece of <insert favorite…


The Doctor is In

Have you ever heard of Dr. GUI? There’s a new doctor in the house. Meet Dr. Ex! He’s around to help with anything in the Visual Studio Extensibility world including macros, add-ins, or even VSIP questions.


Getting Started with VSIP

So you’ve decided to write a package for Visual Studio .NET. Congratulations! Now what? Getting started with VSIP is not the easiest task in the world, but here are some things you can do and read to get you started. Head over to the VSIP Homepage. Here you can download the VSIP SDK (registration required)…


Would you like fries with that?

Do you have a great idea for an article, blog entry, sample, etc…that would help you out with writing packages? What do you find the most difficult or frustrating about VSIP and what can Microsoft do to make your experience better? We would love to hear more ideas from customers, so please feel free to…


Introduction to Visual Studio Extensibility

Pretty much every reference out there to VS Extensibility begins with an explanation of the various ways you can extend Visual Studio, and this blog will be no exception to that tradition. 🙂 What you really need to ask yourself before you dive into extending VS is “what do I want to add to the…


Hello World

On a warm summer’s day in late July 2003, Microsoft announced that the VSIP SDK would now be freely available for developers to start writing their own packages for Visual Studio. The masses rejoiced that the monolith black-box known as VS .NET would be more extensible and customizable, but they were faced with a huge…