I suppose this isn't really a VSIP specific thing, but I think it's a helpful thing to point out to VSIP developers. One of the things I really like in VS .NET's help system are the filters. I write most of my code in C#, so it's nice to be able to pull down a C# filter and increase my “hit rate” of relevant info that helps me answer a question. When you install VSIP (and VSIP Extras for that matter), no help filter is installed for the VSIP docs. You can easily add one yourself though by following these steps:

  1. In VS .NET 2003, go to Help -> Edit Filters
  2. At the top of the page, click “New”
  3. At the bottom of the page (List of Available Attributes and their Values), expand the DocSet node and click “VSIP SDK (VsipSDK)”.
  4. At the top of the page, click “Save”
  5. Type in “VSIP” (or whatever you want your filter to display as), and click OK
  6. Close the “Edit Help Filters” page.

That's all there is to it! Hopefully this will aid your productivity when you're writing the world's next great VSIP package.