How To: Launch a URL in the Visual Studio Internal Browser

For the sample extension that I’m working on, I wanted to have the ability to launch a URL in Visual Studio. This is useful for a more integrated experience in the IDE, but of course, some people may prefer to use their default web browser instead. So, I created a method that will either launch the…


How To: Get a ServiceProvider from the VS Start Page

When working with Visual Studio extensibility, getting a ServiceProvider is the main way to find and use services that are available in Visual Studio. The new VS Start Page is written in WPF and getting to a ServiceProvider from within the page or one of its child controls is not easily found. There is a…


Cool Extension: Custom Start Page Template

For those that have seen Visual Studio 2010, there is a fancy new start page that is much more functional and integrated with the product. Part of this new Start Page infrastructure is the ability to replace the one from the product with a custom page. And, this extension gives you the tools to start…


Visual Studio 2010 and SDK are available

After 2+ years in development, Visual Studio 2010 became generally available today. Also available is the matching Visual Studio 2010 SDK. Download it today, and start building extensions for VS2010.