Dr. eX has moved to the VSX Team Blog

This blog is now archived. Dr. eX, resident expert on anything to do with VSX, now posts on the VSX Team Blog tagged Dr. eX.

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Using IVsProfferCommands to retrieve a Visual Studio CommandBar

If you are an add-in developer, you are probably familiar with adding menu items and toolbar buttons to the Visual Studio environment. In most instances add-in developers take their cue from the code generated by the Visual Studio Add-in Project Wizard. For example, the following code is generated when you create a new C# add-in…

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Using EnableVSIPLogging to identify menus and commands with VS 2005 + SP1

One of the most frequently asked questions related to Visual Studio Package and Add-in development concerns how to add additional menus and commands to a specific dropdown or context menu in the Visual Studio IDE. Adding the menu or command is the easy part. Add-in developers typically use the Commands2.AddNamedCommand2 and Command.AddControl methods, and Visual…

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Visual Studio Extensibility Forum FAQ Lite

What? No email link to talk to the Doctor directly. Yes that is true the email link has been removed from the blog. Dr. Ex and his assistants recommend use of Visual Studio Extensibility Forum instead. Your questions get exposed to a broader audience beyond just the doctor’s staff. Accept our apologies for any inconvenience…

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Where can I get assistance with my Visual Studio Extensibility issues?

Occasionally, Dr. Ex and his associates are asked where developers can get assistance with issues related to the Visual Studio SDK, and Add-in development. In actuality, there are a number of support options available for customers with questions and/or problems pertaining to extending or automating the Visual Studio environment. Be it macro programming, COM automation,…

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Debugging Package Load Failures

You can just picture the situation. You’ve coded up your package and tested it out on your development machine. You’ve even managed to get a setup project together. Everything is working just as expected, but when you run your setup on another machine, you get a dialog like this: Never fear, Dr. eX is here…

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Visual Studio Extensibility Demystified

Since we have placed the VS 2005 SDK 3.0 on the Microsoft Download Center in September, we have seen a lot of developers downloading the SDK. The developers who are using the SDK now are no longer just developers who build commercial VSIP products. Users of the SDK now include students and developer enthusiasts who…

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Visual Studio SDK 4.0 November 2006 CTP is released!!

Guess what the November 2006 CTP version of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK Version 4 has been released. You can get this release by signing into www.vsipmembers.com. One of the major themes for this release has been to serve our Control vendors who would like their controls to automatically appear on Visual Studio’s toolbox. Listed below…

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Smells like VSIP…

Smells like VSIP…   For a change of pace, I thought I would spend a little time talking about the VSIP Program and opportunities all the VS extenders out there might be interested in.   VSIP stands for Visual Studio Industry Partner. It’s a program that was started about 6 years ago for commercial ISVs…

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From VSIP Diaries…

As many of you must have observed that you can associate a custom tool with a project item using CustomTool property in properties window.    So the question is how do you accomplish this, without any user interaction, for project items added via ‘Add New Item’ and ‘Add Existing Item’.   Very easy I say. In the registry,…

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