Orcas first, then Rosario

In case you are unaware, we’re close to shipping Visual Studio 2008 (aka “Orcas”).  I hope that’s not really a suprise. A bit of trivia on the code name “Orcas”.  When when VS 2003 came out the code name was “Everett”.  Everett is the name of a town just north and west of Redmond, Microsoft’s…

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Aloha VS SDK

I’ve been working in the VS Extensibility area for quite a few years now.  But the time is right for me to venture forth into a new area of responsibility for Microsoft. I’ll be helping to form a new team based in Honolulu, Hawai’i, USA.  Microsoft is opening the Hawaii Development Center there and I’m…

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Check out the VS SDK for VS "Orcas" Beta1

Last week we released the VS SDK for VS “Orcas” Beta1.  You can use this lastest version of the SDK to build VS Integration packages and DSL Tools-based packages that target VS “Orcas” Beta1. To get this version of the VS SDK requires access to the http://www.vsipmembers.com site. James Lau blogged some of the details of…

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RDT changes in VS Orcas

The Running Document Table is used in VS to control the state of opened documents.  This is only accessible via interfaces exposed in the VSSDK and the VS Automation Model.  End-users only see the effects of the RDT in places like the dialog that pops up asking the user if they’d like to save changes…

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MPPG/MPLEX runtime DLL not needed

I was recently alerted to an email sent to Soma (Vice President leading the Microsoft Developer Division) about a problem with the VS SDK’s MPPG/MPLEX tools. Here’s the question: After installing VS SDK (feb 2007) and trying to play with the managed parser generator (MPPG/MPLEX), it seems that the MPPGRuntime.dll, discussed in the documentation and needed to…

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VS SDK 4.0 is available for download

On behalf of the VS Tools Ecosystem team, I am pleased to announce that after months of hard work, VS SDK 4.0 has been released! This is the last SDK release planned for Visual Studio 2005. The team has done a ton of work to make this release friendly to developers who are new to Visual Studio extensibility. It…

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V4 SDK (almost) ready!

We’re putting the final touches on the v4 VS SDK for VS 2005.  The team and I have been hard at work ensuring it is at a high level of quality. The content is out of this world.  There’s a few new samples to start with, a new SDK browser connecting you to community resources…

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