VSX Survey (Fall 2007) results

Below are the key results from the VSX survey from the fall of 2007. Please take a few minutes an participate in our VSX Survey (Spring 2008). Once our latest survey closes, we will share the results soon after including the trends between surveys. Have you ever installed an extension to Visual Studio such as…


VSX Community Letter for June 2008

This month’s letter includes information about Microsoft’s first VSX Developer Conference, updates to the VSX Developer Center, updates to the Visual Studio Gallery, and the new VSX Flash Newsletter. Also included is information about what the VSX team has been working on in the past month, event news on VSX, more VSX content online, and…


VSX Tour (Spring 2008) session online

One of the VSX Tour (Spring 2008) presentations by James Lau and Jean-Marc Prieur is now online for on demand viewing (about 2 hours total), posted by Katrien.  VSX – Extend your development Experience – Part 1 VSX – Extend your development Experience – Part 2 VSX – Extend your development Experience – Part 3…


VSX Tour in Europe (Spring 2008) event reports

Updated: James Lau has completed the VSX tour with Jean-Marc Prieur. To view the VSX tour presentation online, see Jean-Marc’s blog post: Watch VISUG session on VSX (Visual Studio Extensibility) online Below are the links to the various trip report details for each event location: European Tour Kickoff! Stop 1: Brussels, Belgium Stop 2: Amsterdam,…


Generate Load Keys form on VSX dev center

Based on developer feedback as well as our own goals of making the end to end story for VSX developers easier, we have created a new web page on the VSX Developer Center site for a more simple, quick, and easy process of obtaining PLKs and SLKs. Below is a link to the new page…


Visual Studio Gallery phase 2 updates rollout

The Visual Studio Gallery site has many new features added, part of an overall phase 2 site feature update rollout this month. Summarized from Anthony Cangialosi’s blog post The Visual Studio Gallery gets a little more community friendly: New features added: Users can now contribute their own ratings on the quality extensions they’ve tried Visitors…


Sign-up for the VSX Flash Newsletter email subscription

The VSX team has created a formal recurring communication email newsletter to provide the latest news, announcements, and special offers related to VSX (Visual Studio Extensibility), the VSIP (Visual Studio Industry Partners) program, and the Visual Studio Gallery.  While we will continue post monthly VSX Community Letters here on the VSX Team Blog, this email…


Free VSX book for VSX DevCon 2008 attendees

VSX DevCon 2008 News Flash: All attendees will receive a free copy of the book Professional Visual Studio Extensibility. Determined to make the Visual Studio Extensibility (VSX) learning process as smooth as possible, this helpful resource shows you how to use VSX in order to facilitate easier development of Microsoft programming languages and development technologies….


Dr. eX: Why does GetService(typeof(EnvDTE.DTE)) return null?

Ever build a Visual Studio package with code that looks like the following? protected override void Initialize() { base.Initialize();             this.dte = GetService(typeof(DTE)) as DTE; …… } And then realize later on that this.dte is null? A number of Visual Studio integrators have encountered just this problem in the past, and having recently seen this…


VSX Developer Center update – June 2008

The VSX Developer Center at http://msdn.com/vsx has been significantly updated today. There will be about 20 new pages added to the VSX dev center today, about 3 times as many pages that exist on it today. One overall new navigation feature you will notice is under the top red navigation tabs there is a gray…