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Building and publishing an extension for Visual Studio 2010

(image) Quan To – Program Manager, Visual Studio Platform Team Short Bio: Quan is responsible for the Extension Manager and Visual Studio SDK.  Quan has been with Microsoft for over ten years and has also spent time working on the Tablet PC Team and the Visual Studio Deployment team. Visual Studio 2010 supports more ...

Bootstrapping of VS packages and VSIX extensions in VS2010

(image) Dmitry Goncharenko: Developer, Visual Studio Platform Short bio: Dmitry has been at Microsoft for about 10 years working on several areas of Visual Studio. For Visual Studio 2010, he helped to design and implement PkgDef management, VSIX technologies, and hosting of MEF components. Visual Studio 2010 uses two technologies to make it ...

Upcoming VS Platform MSDN Webcasts

[Update:  The Introduction to Visual Studio 2010 Extensibility has been moved to 12/16 @ 10 a.m.  Please update your calendars to reflect this change.] I wanted to announce two upcoming MSDN Webcasts that will be presented by Visual Studio Platform PMs, Weston Hutchins and Chris Granger.  Both of these are introductory ...
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Visual Studio Extensibility Videos

Hi folks, I wanted to call out a couple of videos we just released to the community.  I spent some time last week putting together a short video on publishing your extension to the Visual Studio Gallery.  The video will give you a walkthrough of what to expect when sharing your extension and shows you what to expect on the Gallery...
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What's new for editor extenders in Beta 2?

(image) Noah Richards – Developer, Visual Studio Editor Team Short Bio:  Noah has been working on the Visual Studio Editor team since he graduated college two and a half years ago.  He maintains a blog, posts sample code for editor extensions, and frequently answers editor-related questions on Twitter. Editor’s Note:  This...

What’s new for editor extenders in Beta 2?

(image) Noah Richards – Developer, Visual Studio Editor Team Short Bio:  Noah has been working on the Visual Studio Editor team since he graduated college two and a half years ago.  He maintains a blog, posts sample code for editor extensions, and frequently answers editor-related questions on Twitter. Editor’s Note:  This...

Framework Multi-Targeting for VC++ Projects

(image) Short Bio: Pavan Adharapurapu is a developer on the Visual Studio Project and Build team. As part of VS 2010, he has worked on numerous features of the VC++ project system such as property sheets, filters, property pages, platform and tool extensibility, etc. His long term focus is on developing a "common project system" infrastructure...

Debugging Expression Trees in Visual Studio 2010

First of all, let’s take a look at the example from one of my previous posts. It creates an expression tree for calculating the factorial of a number. Now, what if you want to see the content of this tree in debug mode? You can try lambda.ToString() but it’s not very informative. All you get is this: value => {var result; … }. ...

Diagnosing Toolbox Filtering Errors

(image) Hi again – Josh here, Toolbox developer. If you've created or installed a toolbox item, but it doesn't appear in the toolbox when the appropriate designer is active, the first thing to do is select "Show All" from the toolbox and check to see if the item is there at all.  (The new search feature might help.)  If the item ...
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Can I host a VSIX on my own server?

Several of our VSIP partners have asked me if they can host their VSIX file on their own server and what would the user experience be?To answer the first question, yes, you can host your VSIX file on your owner server.  It doesn’t have to live on the Visual Studio Gallery.  Customers who visit your website can download the VSIX...
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