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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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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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.

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Visual Studio 2010 and SDK RC released

Today is the general release for the Visual Studio 2010 RC. There’s been a lot of performance work on the IDE to make it faster and use less memory. And, a host of bugs that were fixed since the Beta. Try it today @: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/dd582936.aspx. The Visual Studio SDK for RC is also available at…

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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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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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