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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Cool Extension: New Export Template

This is a new tool that will make creation and packaging of project and item templates a whole lot easier. This wizard steps you through taking existing projects and making them into reusable templates that can create similar types of projects. This extension goes through creating a ZIPped up template, gathering metadata about the template, and packaging…

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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…


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…