Earlier this week, the final versions of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 were released. I just noticed that the Visual Studio 2008 SDK and the Visual Studio 2008 shell have also been released.
The VS 2008 SDK includes documentation, samples and tools that can be used to create extensions for Visual Studio 2008.
The VS 2008 shell is a set of 2 redistributable package that allows you to build and deploy Visual Studio 2008 extensions without requiring users to install a full edition of Visual Studio 2008 in order to use them. You can choose the integrated VS 2008 shell, which will allow your extensions to automatically appear in other editions of VS 2008 that are installed on the system, or the isolated VS 2008 shell, which will allow your extensions to run side-by-side and not automatically integrate with other editions of VS 2008 that are installed on the system.
Here are download links for the VS 2008 SDK and VS 2008 shell:
- VS 2008 SDK - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=30402623-93ca-479a-867c-04dc45164f5b
- VS 2008 shell redistributable package (integrated mode) - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=40646580-97FA-4698-B65F-620D4B4B1ED7
- VS 2008 shell redistributable package (isolated mode) - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=ACA38719-F449-4937-9BAC-45A9F8A73822
Here are some other useful links with information about Visual Studio 2008 extensibility:
- Blog post announcing the release of the VS 2008 SDK and VS 2008 Shell - http://blogs.msdn.com/vsxteam/archive/2007/11/21/Visual-Studio-2008-SDK-1.0-and-Visual-Studio-2008-Shell-released.aspx
- MSDN portal for Visual Studio extensibility - http://msdn2.microsoft.com/vstudio/aa700819.aspx
- Visual Studio 2008 shell introductory overview - http://msdn2.microsoft.com/vsx2008/products/bb933751.aspx
- Visual Studio 2008 shell details - http://msdn2.microsoft.com/vstudio/bb856491.aspx