Cool Extension: Modeling Feature Pack

Microsoft just recently released the Visualization and Modeling Feature Pack for Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. This provides additional great features for visualizing your code, seeing its interconnections, and doing something about it. The base UML diagramming functionality shipped as part of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. This feature pack adds more functionality to those diagrams by…

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Cool Extension: VS2010 Pro Power Tools

We’ve just released the new Pro Power Tools which is a collection of useful extensions to make your day-to-day use of Visual Studio 2010 even more productive. Highlights in this release: Collection of useful editor extensions New and improved Add Reference dialog Document Tab Well, with colors and pinning of tabs Extension update checker that…

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Extension Manager Feedback

  Now that Visual Studio 2010 is available, it would be great to get more feedback on the new Extension Manager feature in this version. This can encompass a lot of things from the installation experience, to the online extension discovery, to the installed extensions and updates, VSIX and MSI support, and more… and anything else…

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Nice Review of the Extension Manager

Chris wrote a nice review of the VS2010 Extension Manager feature at TechRepublic. Having worked on the team that wrote that feature, it’s always nice to see a positive review of what you’ve spent your effort working on. As Chris also noted, there is still more work that needs to be done to round out…

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Cool Extension: Extension Analyzer

Have you ever created a VS Package, tried to run it in Visual Studio only to get the infamous Package Load Failure dialog? Created an editor extension, tried to use it and it never shows up in the VS2010 code editor? Well then the Extension Analyzer is for you. This tool lets you view logging…

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Creating Custom StartPage Extensions

I’ve been working on a custom start page sample that creates a new tab on the typical Visual Studio StartPage. This new tab integrates in Bing search functionality, letting developers type in their search query and performing a search. The results can either come up in the Visual Studio internal browser or the user’s default browser…

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Cool Extension: Power Commands for VS 2010

For all of you fans of the Power Commands extension, Lance, from our team, just updated this extension and posted it up on the VS Gallery. This topic contains a full list of all of the new commands that are part of this extension. But, the most interesting ones are: Collapse projects Open command prompt…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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