I’ve been working on streamlining some content in an effort to make it easier for you to get the information that you need. The first place I did this was in the Team Foundation SDK, in Extending Team Foundation and Extending Work Item Tracking. I’m looking at doing the same thing for Extending Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management. Here’s the topic in it’s streamlined form. I’d like to hear back from anyone who uses the APIs for VSALM and Team Foundation to learn whether this works well for you, compared to the previous version. Any other feedback on this topic is also welcome, of course. For example, I think that it’s clear that this topic could use a more thorough discussion of the API set for ALM as a whole.
Extending Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management
You can customize some aspects of Visual Studio to extend existing features or to add new capabilities if you have special requirements. For example, you might define new test conditions for database unit tests if the test conditions provided with Visual Studio Premium or Visual Studio Ultimate are not sufficient to address your requirements.
Some of the extensibility points are provided with your Visual Studio installation. For other extensibility points, you must also install the Visual Studio SDK. You can identify the specific requirements for each extensibility point in the content that supports that extensibility point.
- Create Custom Database Refactoring Types or Targets
- Create and Register Additional Rules for Analyzing Database Code
- Generate Specialized Test Data with a Custom Data Generator
- Define Custom Conditions for Database Unit Tests
- Customize Database Build and Deployment by Using Build and Deployment Contributors
- Create Custom Features for Database Projects
- How to: Register and Manage Feature Extensions
- How to: Distribute Custom Feature Extensions to Team Members