Our new Visual Studio 2005 Book

You may have heard that we have a new book out for Visual Studio 2005. The unfortunate bit of news is that it is only available if you buy the boxed version of Visual Studio, meaning that if you subscribe to MSDN, there will be no way for you to get a copy.

We are trying to convince MSPress to put out a version of the book on store shelves. If you wish to get a copy even if you are a MSDN subscriber, you can add a comment to this posting. With enough votes, I will then send this URL to the appropriate people in MSPress to show that there is interest.


[EDIT] One note about this: it is not possible to just send a copy of the book, but rather this is about making the book available for purchase at bookstores.

Comments (108)
  1. Josh Ledgard says:

    I’d like to get a copy!

  2. MSDN Archive says:

    Me too! I think you should be able to buy this book.

  3. Ed Dore says:

    Absolutely this ought to be published. The 2003 version was critical for learning how to extend the IDE. I’ve already run into all sorts of differences with 2005, and would certainly find an update to this book extremely useful. If it’s anything like the 2003 version, I’d buy it and recommend it to anyone attempting to automate or extend the VS 2005 environment.

  4. 恩电 says:

    I’d like to get a copy,thanks.


  5. JP says:

    Yes make the book available for purchase by anyone.

  6. csover says:

    I’d like to get a copy.Thanks very much!

    My email:linhengboy31@hotmail.com

  7. John Coleman says:

    This looks like the first step to making MSDN useless. Maybe I should reconsider subscribing next year! I *EXPECT* things to be available to me.

  8. vbNullString says:

    Sorry, but I don’t really care because if you subscribe to MSDN subscription, you should be more than mid level programmer, which means you may not need the kind of information you get from the book.

  9. Rick Hinze says:

    Yes, I’d like the book.

  10. Marc Simkin says:

    Me, three.


  11. Test says:

    I think the book should be available for purchase as well.

  12. Eric says:

    I would make good use of it today.

  13. Troels Gram says:

    Is the book on extensibility? In that case I would be very interested in receiving one.. .

  14. I’d definitely be interested.

  15. Carlos Quintero (MVP) says:

    Yes, this book should be available in bookstores.

  16. Mickey Jervin says:

    Yes, I’d like the book too

  17. Mickey Jervin says:

    Yes, I’d like the book too

  18. Steve Sartain says:

    I found the previous book for VS2003 very informative and it saved me many hours of pointless searching for information. I am a very competent developer and consequently my time is precious……LET ME BUY THE BOOK!

  19. Chuck Heatherly says:

    Yes, please make this book available! There seem to be lots of changes to things like custom project templates, and the MSDN docs are not enough, people really need getting-started type help also.

  20. Yuri Tkachov says:

    This is most wanted book for me for the next year. Please make it available for everyone! Thanks.

  21. Tacking my name of the end of this list. I want to pay good money for this book.

    To not sell the book in bookstores would be a travesty!

  22. Jean-Marie Pirelli says:

    Yes, I’d like to be able to buy this book in a bookstore.

  23. Albert Degenaar says:

    Me Too!

  24. Martin Kulov says:

    That’s madness. I would like to buy the book. What do you mean it is not available for sale?!?

  25. Justin Etheredge says:

    I would definately like to purchase a copy of the book.

  26. Tim Farley says:

    We’d like to get a copy too. The last book was very helpful in our work in VS 2003.

  27. Whatever are the (economic?) reasons behind such an unfortunate decision, they should be revisited.

    If the book doesn’t find its way to bookstores, this will be an exceptional case where Microsoft acts against its own best principles (doing everything to provide developers with quality books and documentation in general).

  28. Sergey M says:

    I’m interested in this book as well.

  29. Robert Rock says:

    I would purchase a copy of this book if made available to the general public. I am a VSTD subscriber and have perused most of the MSDN docs on automation and extensibility, but I always enjoy reading/learning more.

  30. Dan Suceava says:

    I would be interested in buying this book.

  31. Ron Green says:

    Yea, that would be really nice but I’d probably be more exited if MS would just make VS 2005 available.

    (If you don’t know what I’m referring to, try buying a copy).

  32. Balldmer is getting more and more like Pope Leo X supporting the advice of his sycophant bishops who advocate the death of Martin Luther and all who support the expression and publication of information the peasantry seeks.

    Make the book available to all who want it.

  33. Wow, that is bad news, I really would like to have a copy. It is unbelivable if you pay more that you get less!

  34. Travis Illig says:

    The 2003 version is indispensible. I’d be highly disappointed if there was no way to get the 2005 version. I’d love a copy.

  35. Lee Nowotny says:

    I would definitely be interested in a copy.

  36. We’d certainly be interested. I’ve been anticipating an update for some time, and quite frankly I’m astonished to hear that MSPress only want to supply it to such a restricted audience!

    If they do, they’re mad. Get it onto Amazon!!!

  37. David Barron says:

    Count me in.

  38. What were they thinking? I definately want a copy!

  39. Hugues Valois says:

    Definitely interested as well. The book on VS2003 was very useful for our VS Addin development.

  40. Dave Ginnane says:

    Yep, count me in. Maybe they could make a PDF available for us MSDN folk to download?

  41. Don Wingate says:

    I want a copy.

    It is advertised that by registering VS 2005 you get access to an electronic copy of this book. Here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/regbenefits/

    So I took the bait, registered my licensed copy of VS (I’m a universal subscription holder), only to find that the book is NOT available on the vs 2005 registration benifits portal. Not a very good way to encourage people to register, if you ask me 🙂

  42. Paul D'Anna says:

    Your first book was invaluable in developing my Addin… I need the new version, count me in as well.

  43. alex p says:

    me one million two hundred and forty seventh

    seriously – the documentation that comes with the MSDN about extensibility is sparse at best. we need the book.

  44. Gaston says:

    Can we at least make the digital version available to MSDN subscribers?

  45. Tufan says:

    yes, I want the book.

  46. Ken Wilson says:

    I’m opposed to having to purchase an item Microsoft has considered important enough to ship with their boxed product. I think this book should be provided to MSDN subscribers at least as a .pdf subscriber download if a physical copy is not provided in the MSDN updates sent out to subscribers.

  47. Andy Maggs says:

    Umm let’s see, offer the book for sale, make money and given the comments above please a key part of your developer community or give the book away for free to a limited audience and annoy the community. A bit of a no brainer if you ask me.

  48. I’d love to get a copy !

  49. TOM_MUE says:

    Yes, I’d like the book.

    thx TOM_MUE

  50. Michael Reukauff says:

    I’d love to have a copy of that book. I own the 2003 book and really need the update to 2005.

    Thanks Michael

  51. Richard says:

    Preferred: Make available on MSDN library (as MSDN Magazine is)

    Next Best: Make available on safaribooksonline.com.

  52. Boss says:

    I need this book. I couldn’t find any samples in vs 2005 of how to write addins, I had to use the wizard which leaves a thing or two to wish for. I couldn’t find any info on how to use the new tool window ‘shim’ which should prevent using a com-wrapper as in vs2003.

  53. Roger Jack says:

    You have my vote!

  54. Adam Choate says:

    You’ve got my vote too!

  55. Frank S says:

    I would buy the book.

  56. John says:

    It would be great to buy such a book.

  57. Mark Cooper says:

    I would like to get a copy of this book. The MSDN is not complete when trying to extent Visual Studios.

  58. Joe Adams says:

    Yes I want this book too. What an unbelievably short sighted view MS has.

  59. SkipV says:

    It’s almost criminal to not share such a great resource of information on the IDE with the bulk of the developer community that use this product on a daily basis. At least make it available for the MSDN subscribers!!!

  60. choongseng says:

    Yes… please make it available on the shelf!

  61. Gustavo Guerra says:

    Please make it available (either in print or digital format)

  62. Will Pearson (MVP) says:

    Having just started to look into VS extensibility the 2003 version of the book has offered a lot of useful knowledge, tips and insights that it would have taken a long time to extract from the documentation. Not having a publically available edition for 2005 would be disappointing, especially considering the changes in 2005 such as the Class Designer, and all those around Team Suite. It sure would be a useful title to own a copy of.

  63. Yes, please make the book available. I would definitely buy a copy. Making it available to MSDN subscribers would be even better.

  64. Mirko Matytschak says:

    I’d appreciate, if the book were available at the stores.

  65. John Lewicki says:

    Yes the book should be available!

    If available on the shelves I would buy it; I enjoyed the 2003 edition.

    But its totally lame that its not included with MSDN subscriptions.

  66. Vinay Ahuja says:

    I think the book would be a great resource to augment the current documentation which is not so comprehensive. The book should be available for purchase.

  67. G.H. says:

    Yes please!

  68. Neil T says:


  69. rudif says:

    Yes, I am prepared to pay $$ for the book.

  70. rudif says:

    Yes, I am prepared to pay $$ for the book.

  71. Kenneth R. Lewis says:

    I would definately like to get this book. I currently have the Inside Visual Studio .NET and it is an invaluable resource of information.

  72. Jake Montgomery says:

    This is a must … it is criminal to produce such a valuable book … then keep it from us!

  73. Jake Montgomery says:

    This is a must … it is criminal to produce such a valuable book … then keep it from us!

  74. Sree says:

    I would love to see one.

  75. Yes, I vote for providing access to it to MSDN subscribers.

  76. Andrew Deren says:

    Count me in.

  77. shawn says:

    Just registered my copy as Team Edition for Software Developer and received an email from microsoft mentioned that the book was available to download. So I went ahead to download it. Unfortunately, it was another book with similar title, "working with microsoft visual studio 2005 TEAM SYSTEM", not the one by Craig as all of us here expected "working with microsoft visual studio 2005".

    Someone must be kidding us! Hate that. Don’t you?

    Craig, could you let us know the exact title of your new book?

  78. Michael Olson says:

    The book would be very beneficial.

  79. George Spelvin says:

    What kind of nutcase would think that a book only available with the boxed version is a good idea!? What percentage of developers get their tools that way? (I honestly don’t know a single one across wuite a few companies!) Of course a book on the shelves for this stuff is a good thing!!!

  80. Felice Russo says:

    I’d like to get a copy!

  81. Daren Yong says:

    Yes, please make the extensibility book available. I have an MSDN Universal subscription. Are you telling me that I cannot get this book without spending even more $$$$ to buy an entire boxed set, for 1 book of essential information?

    That is just poor product support.

    Come on Microsoft, I know you can do better.

    Best regards,


  82. GarethJones says:

    Yep, I’ve used the old version a lot – I’d buy an update.

  83. Yes, please make the extensibility book available. I have an MSDN Universal subscription too.

    I would apreciated reading the book too.

    Stephen Gennard

    Micro Focus Ltd (VSIP Partner)

  84. Lawrence Steeger says:

    My corporation will by copies if made available through normal bookstores.

  85. I would buy a copy for each developer in my company.

  86. David says:

    I’d like to be able to get this book

  87. Vid-van says:

    I would like to get a copy of this book.


  88. Ciaran O'Donnell says:

    I would love a copy of this fantastic addition to MS Press Catalogue.

    (A maybe a million dollars if Bill has one lying around)

  89. Mike Bouck says:

    Considering the price differential between MSDN Universal and a boxed copy of VS.NET it’s ludicrous that this thread even exists!  Yes, I think MSDN subscriers are definitely warranted the access…

  90. hmmmmmm……we wouldn’t want too many people extending VS….would we???

  91. John Carroll says:

    You must one of the best authors in the world. Microsoft expects us to pay almost $2.00 per page for your book.

    Add me to the list of people who would like to see this in the book stores.

  92. Cang sam says:

    I would like to get a copy of this book.


  93. donna says:

    If I am going to bother to buy something, I’d better have resources telling me how to use it, or forget it.  So, yes, I need a copy.

  94. Josef Sladek says:

    I’d like to have this book on bookshalves.

  95. ramp says:

    I’ve got the book

  96. Wayne says:

    Is it too late to say I’d like to be able to buy this book from a store?

  97. Florian says:

    Hopefully not as I would like to buy it too!

  98. Rick Strahl says:

    What kind of a lame ass marketing decision was that to bundle the book only with a boxed version of Visual Studio? Talk about dooming market share for the book…

    And yes, I’d like to get that book as well.

  99. Miklos Kanyo says:

    Yes, we need this book!

  100. prabhu_infosys says:

    I’d like to get a copy,thanks

    My mail id is aarthy_prabhu@hotmail.com

  101. Tsangnuss says:

    Reference books are so limited and rare for Visual Studio. How can they hold that back!


  102. learnerplates says:

    I don’t see much content on VSPackages in the "Mastering Web Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005" or "Working with Microsoft Visual Studio® 2005" books, Is there anywhere else.

    By the way I downloaded the softcopy of "Working with Microsoft Visual Studio® 2005" from msdn, it isn’t much use.

    I registered my VS 2005 and received and email with a link to the download site for the "Working with Microsoft Visual Studio® 2005" book (use IE only as Mozilla doesnt seem to work).

  103. Spencer Nemer says:

    Please send me a downloadable copy to spencer@builderpartnerships.com

  104. Renee says:

    Can you send a downloadable copy to renee_brown_2005@yahoo.com?

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