Aaron Marten

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    A bit more on IronPython

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    [Update 04.02.2007: Added note about running under the debugger] [Update 03.14.2007: Updated content for Visual Studio 2005 SDK Version 4.0] [Update 01.23.2007: Added note about needing VC++] [Update 09.15.2006: Updated content for Visual Studio 2005...
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    Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1

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    The Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 is now available for download. Be sure to check out the latest supplemental readme as you’re likely to encounter some of these issues in using the SDK.
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    Extension Manager

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    One of the new features we plan on shipping for VS 2010 that I've been heads down on for the past few months is the "Extension Manager". I'll be posting more details about it here over the next several months. For the meantime, you can hear...
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    FREE Visual Studio 2008 for College Students via DreamSpark

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    A few years ago, back when I was in college , there was an academic program from Microsoft (called 'MSDN Academic Alliance') where you could get Windows and the Academic version of Visual Studio by going to the CS department office, checking out some...
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    Open the Floodgates!

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    When I first became involved with the Visual Studio SDK team back in summer 2003, the VSIP SDK was something that was only briefly mentioned on websites and books as something you could use to provide deep integration into Visual Studio. It was treated...
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    CTC is dead...Long Live VSCT! (Part 1)

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    One of the pieces of feedback we've gotten for a while now around creating a Visual Studio Package is the difficulty of working with the CTC format. This is the pseudo-C++ file that you use to specify what menus/groups/buttons/etc... your VSPackage provides...
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    Pkgdef and the Experimental Instance in VS 2010

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    ***Disclaimer: This information is about Visual Studio 2010 only. The following may not be accurate for future releases.*** One of the new features we introduced with the Visual Studio 2008 Isolated Shell was the concept of a pkgdef file . Pkgdef is...
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    What is the “VSIX Project” template?

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    Disclaimer : This is about working with the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 SDK. Information is likely to be inaccurate for future or previous Visual Studio SDK releases. When you install the Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 , you’ll notice a new node in the new...
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    VSIP EXTRAS IS RELEASED

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    VSIP EXTRAS IS RELEASED In addition, we've also launched a new section on MSDN devoted to Visual Studio extensibility called the “Visual Studio Extensibility Center” . You can go there for information on how to download VSIP and VSIP Extras...
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    Creating Packages with VSIP Extras

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    If you're a VSIP developer, you're probably anticipating the final release of VSIP Extras (currently in beta). Not only can you write packages in C# (or any other .NET language for that matter), but we've even given you a wizard to get all the messy code...
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    Would you like fries with that?

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    Do you have a great idea for an article, blog entry, sample, etc...that would help you out with writing packages? What do you find the most difficult or frustrating about VSIP and what can Microsoft do to make your experience better? We would love to...
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    Powertoys in the VSSDK

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    I received an email asking for a little more information on what exactly the Event Toaster Powertoy is and does. First, a little background information... What gets installed with the Visual Studio SDK? When you download and run the VSSDK install...
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    Visual Studio 2008 Shell

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    I'm here at TechEd, and we just announced that Visual Studio "Orcas" is now officially Visual Studio 2008. Also, we announced a new product that is being called the Visual Studio Shell that will be released with Visual Studio 2008. There are 2 different...
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    Developing Packages as a Normal User (or How I Learned to Love UAC)

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    By now if you've had a chance to use Windows Vista, you've undoubtedly witnessed UAC in action. Certainly, if you're doing VS package development on Vista, you've had to elevate your instance of Visual Studio where you're coding so that build/registration...
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    CTC is dead...Long Live VSCT! (Part 2)

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    In Part 1 , I provided a brief overview of what VSCT looks like and some of the obvious advantages of it over the CTC format. Availability As was mentioned earlier, the VSCT format has replaced CTC in all the VSIntegration samples starting with the Visual...
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    Devenv /Setup Performance

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    When starting out with the Visual Studio SDK, one of the things you may notice from the start is the time that it takes to build many of the samples. It's not the actual C# or C++ compilation that takes so long, but rather a post-build step that is run...
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    All Your RegKeys Are Belong To Us

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    I’ve been in many discussions lately with various folks about Visual Studio 2010 extensibility. Inevitably, someone suggests a solution to some problem involving changing/adding/deleting a registry key/value for an extension. If you need to do this, just...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Released

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    By now you’ve probably heard that we launched Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 today ! Download Visual Studio 2010 (MSDN subscribers only) Download Visual Studio 2010 SDK The Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) team has also posted a slew of...
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    “Invalid License Data” after VS 11 Beta to VS 2012 RC Upgrade

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    We’ve been seeing reports of some users hitting an “Invalid License Data” error on VS startup after upgrading from VS 11 Beta to VS 2012 RC. This could be due to upgrading from a “higher” Beta SKU (e.g. Ultimate) to a “lower” RC SKU (e.g. Professional...
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    Visual Studio 2005 IDE Extensibility Chat

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    There will be a chat on Extensibility (VSIP, Add-Ins, Macros, Policy, etc...) on January 19th, 2005, at 1:00 PM PST. Hope to see you there! You can also add a reminder to your Outlook calendar .
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    Visual Studio 2005 SDK (December 2005 CTP) Released

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    Earlier this week, we released the December 2005 CTP version of the Visual Studio SDK . We're calling it a CTP simply because we don't plan to have all the features and samples from this cycle completed for another few months. However, there are a few...
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    Xaml Viewer (using VSIP!!!)

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    In case you haven't seen this yet, Gaston Milano has released a Xaml viewer/editor that runs inside Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1. Very cool indeed! I set this up on a test machine and got some of the other VS Extensibility folks to check it out. Needless...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Extensibility Chat Tomorrow!

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    There will be a web chat with some members of the Visual Studio team tomorrow afternoon . Please join us if you can!! From the description: “Add-ins, macros, and packages - oh my! Join members of the Visual Studio team for a discussion on the things...
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    VSIP Help Filter

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    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...
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    Serve it Up!

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    If you've read any of the introductory material to VSIP (see below), you've undoubtedly come across the concept of services. A package can offer a service to itself and to other packages running inside the Visual Studio shell. If you're using the VSIP...
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