Cool Extension: SQL Azure Explorer

I was just looking through some new extensions on the Visuals Studio Gallery for VS2010 Beta 2 and came across this one: the SQL Azure Explorer by Johan Danforth. This extension creates a tool window in Visual Studio similar to the Server Explorer, that lets you manage SQL servers exposed through the Azure cloud services. You can…

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Visual Studio 2010 SDK for Beta 2 Now Available!

The Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 SDK is now available for everyone to use from the Download Center. So, install it (it’s quick), and start building you very own extensions to Visual Studio today! And once you have those extensions ready to share with world, post them up on the Visual Studio Gallery.   In…

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Available

We announced today the availability of the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 on MSDN. Later this week, on Wednesday, it will generally be available for everyone from the Download Center. There has been a ton of work, performance improvements, and bug fixing done for Beta 2, so definitely check it out and provide us feedback on…

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Cool Extension: Vim Emulation

Jared just released a cool new editor extension for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 to provide Vim editor emulations. You can find this on the VS Gallery and through the Extension Manager in VS 2010, so go test drive it today. He also talks more about what this extension currently supports and where he’s going…

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Online Templates for the New Project Dialog

ScottGu recently posted about the new online templates feature of the Visual Studio 2010 Beta1. The discussions on his blog have been pretty lively, and mostly folks seem to like this new feature. The Online tab of the New Project Dialog is built on the same infrastructure as the Extension Manager. It uses the same…

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New Project templates of VS-MEF integration

Pablo Galiano has just published two you project template extensions for the Visual Studio Gallery, both of them for doing MEF integration with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1. Check them out: Template for creating a VS Package that exposes MEF extension points. Template for creating and packaging up generic MEF extension points. Give them a…

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MPF for Projects released for VS 2010 Beta 1

Chuck England has just recently posted the sources for MPF for Projects on CodePlex. If you’re interested in creating your own project systems for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1, this is the place to start. And, for those of you wishing to port your project systems from VS 2008 to 2010, the sources will give…

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Look Ma, No More PLKs!

For those of you trying out Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1, you may have already noticed… But, Visual Studio 2010 no longer requires you to create Package Load Keys (PLKs) for writing and deploying VSPackage extensions to VS. This will probably come with some fanfare by those of you who’ve had trouble with PLKs, or getting your packages…

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Update to AboutBox Extension

I recently posted an update the the WPF AboutBox (CS) extension (v 0.4) on the VS Gallery. You can find it by launching the Extension Manager in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1. If you’ve already previously installed it, then click on the Updates tab on the left hand side of the dialog. This will query the…

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Aaron Posts on VSIX Project and pkgdef Files

Aaron (one of the developers on my team working on the SDK) just wrote a couple of great posts for folks wishing to use and to understand how the SDK works for VS 2010 Beta 1. Definitely worth a read if you’re working on VS extensions: VSIX Project template – The VSIX Project is meant to…

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