How to Create Extensions to Visual Studio 2010

vs2010 The Visual Studio team has made it easier than ever to build extensions to Visual Studio 2010. The Visual Studio 2010 SDK has been reduced from 100K to just 10K. In fact, the SDK’s install time has also gone from 20 minutes to just over a minute.

The SDK now has project templates to assist you in building Visual Studio extensions that include adding visuals to the editor (including WPF), offering menu commands, and tool windows.

Deploying your extensions is easier too. The extension project templates all generate a VSIX file instead of you needing to build a MSI installer.

With the new Extension Manager, users have the chance to find and download extensions directly from within the IDE. This experience is thanks to the new and improved Visual Studio Gallery, which allows you to share your creations with the world just by uploading your VSIX.

For more information, see S. “Soma” Somasegar blog posting, Creating extensions for VS 2010. To get started, see VS Extensibility Dev Center, the extensibility samples, and the SDK documentation to learn more about building extensions. Download the SDK from Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 2.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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