Integrated and Isolated Shell for VS 2010 Beta 1

We quietly shipped the Visual Studio Integrated and Isolated Shells when Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 was released. The shells are still work in progress as we made some changes since VS 2008 SP1.  Both shells will have all the new goodness that came with VS 2010 including the WPF UI and feature updates to…

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What is a VSIX?

The VSIX file is the unit of deployment for a Visual Studio 2010 Extension.  Visual Studio will recognize the VSIX extension and install the contents of the file to the right location. A VSIX file is a zip file that uses the Open Packaging Convention.  You can rename the .VSIX extension to .ZIP and use…

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5 Reasons to learn about extending VS 2010

One of our Visual Studio Extensibility MVPs just put together a great blog about why you should learn about VS 2010 Extensibility. Check out Istvan Novak’s blog at: Five Reasons to Learn VS 2010 Extensibility As a side note, there have been a lot of other exciting things happening the last few days: The DSL…

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Extensibility Forum

If you have any Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 extensibility questions with the Extension Manager, VSIX, pkgdef files, moving extensions to VS 2010, SDK, or anything related to extending Visual Studio, you can post your questions at our Beta 1 Extensibility forum: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vsxprerelease/threads We will be monitoring the forum during the Beta 1 cycle and…

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Reference Assistant for Visual Studio 2010

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the Reference Assistant extension for Visual Studio in my blog.  I’ve been working closely with Darren Stokes to produce a Visual Studio 2010 version.  Darren was quickly able to put together a VS 2010 version of his product and has it packaged up as a VSIX file.  That means…

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First few VS 2010 extensions are now available

One of our Editor Developers (Noah Richards) has uploaded the first and second Visual Studio extension on the new Visual Studio Gallery. The two extensions are a Wiki Classifier that shows .mwiki files in a nice easily readable format inside the VS Editor and a Diff/Patch classifier that handles .diff and .patch files, and also…

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Visual Studio 2010 Resharper Extension (coming soon)!!

It looks like the guys over in Jetbrains are starting to work on their Visual Studio 2010 Resharper extension! http://blogs.jetbrains.com/dotnet/2009/05/preview-of-resharper-for-visual-studio-2010-coming-soon/ As a huge fan of Resharper, I can’t wait till this is available in June.  I talked to these guys a few weeks ago at the VSIP clinic and they’re going to try to make…

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is available (for MSDN subscribers)

We’re live!!!  After nearly a year and a half, we’ve reached another milestone for Visual Studio. The Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 bits shipped to MSDN this morning.  It’ll be more broadly available in a few days once the servers are sync’d up but if you have an MSDN subscription, go ahead and download Beta…

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Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 Readme

Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 Supplemental Readme The Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Documentation is available here. The DSL Tools for Beta 1 is available here. This posting contains additional readme and known issues about the Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 release.  These are in addition to the known issues that were included…

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Tech Ed Editor Talk

Tech Ed is around the corner!  I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since the last Tech Ed in Orlando. I wish I could be there this year in L.A. but unfortunately, we weren’t able to get some of the extensibility topics on the session list.  However, our architect for the new Visual Studio…

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