Open thread: Extensibility is the future?

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With the release of Visual Studio 2010 came a major improvement to the overall extensibility story of Visual Studio; the new editor. With the new editor VS was introduced to a Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) based API that opened up possibilities you could barely dream of in previous versions of VS. Inside of the editor you’re able to do nearly anything, from adding visualizations to using multiple fonts in the same file. For us, the extensibility we present with the editor is an important step forward, especially when you consider what people in the industry are starting to say about the future of software. As such, I want to ask you, our users/followers/critics, is extensibility the future? What do you think of the steps we’ve taken with the new MEF extensibility in the editor? How do you feel about the VSIX format? And lastly, where do you think we should go?

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Chris Granger


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