Aaron Marten

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    Why can't I show the "Add New Items" dialog in a WPF flavored project?

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    If you've downloaded and tried out the IronPythonIntegration sample in the July/August 2007 CTP of the VSSDK, you may have noticed the addition of WPF project support for IronPython projects. We've had questions from folks also trying to add this support...
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    Visual Studio 2008 SDK for Beta 2 - Re-Released

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    Last week, we released the Visual Studio 2008 SDK - July 2007 CTP targeting Beta 2. As James detailed on his blog, there were some rough edges if you were trying to get started with the new Visual Studio Shell . In an effort to address these problems...
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    IronPython Integration Sample and the WPF Designer

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    [Update Jan 04, 2008: Made <system.codedom> instructions more clear. Thanks to Cory Bloyd for the suggestion.] If you've had the opportunity to work with WPF/.NET 3.0 yet, you've likely run into the x:Class attribute in XAML. If you specify a...
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    Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 SDK Released

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    We've just released a version of the Visual Studio 2008 SDK targeting Beta 2. You can go grab it here . One of the things that we've added to this release is limited support for the WPF Designer with IronPython . There are some interesting things we had...
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    Timezones on MSDN Forums

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    One of the features I've been wishing for on the MSDN forums is support for displaying message timestamps in your local timezone. No offence to my British colleagues, but it's confusing and annoying to constantly work with Greenwich Mean Time. It looks...
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    Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

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    Soma has just announced that Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 has been shipped ! You can download Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 here. We're doing the final testing and finishing touches on a version of the Visual Studio SDK that targets Beta 2. Keep your RSS reader...
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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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    VSX "How Do I" Video Series

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    Pablo just mentioned this on his blog, but there are a new series of "How do I?" videos on VSX (as well as other topics) on MSDN. The videos are pre-formatted for various devices (iPod, Zune, PSP, etc...) in case you prefer watching them on the go. There...
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    FolderShare + Powershell = Global Powershell Profile

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    I am starting to force myself to learn new tricks and generally use Powershell more and more. The other day, I though to myself...wouldn't it be great if I could have a global profile and set of scripts on all the various machines that I use on a day...
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    VSSDK Assist

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    If you managed to make it to TechEd 2007 , hopefully you were able to check out our chalk talk on adding custom tools to Visual Studio. One of the things I showed towards the end is a project called VSSDK Assist . VSSDK Assist is a project on CodePlex...
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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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    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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    Going to TechEd 2007

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    Next week, I'm headed to Orlando to participate in Tech Ed 2007 . I'll be part of a "chalk talk" in the TLC interactive theater along with Doug Hodges (Visual Studio Architect) and Gareth Jones (DSL Tools) on getting started with VSX. I'll also be hanging...
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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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    Enter VSX

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    A new acronym that you'll see myself and others using more of now is VSX, which stands for Visual Studio eXtensibility (and sure is a lot easier to say in conversation!). There's even a new URL you can use for accessing the VSX developer center: http...
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    Visual Studio SDK for Orcas Beta 1

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    We've just released a version of the Visual Studio SDK that targets Visual Studio "Orcas" Beta 1 . You can download it from http://www.vsipmembers.com/ (free registration required). Beyond targeting "Orcas", all the supported VSIntegration samples (Both...
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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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    Package Load Analyzer

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    One of the great new features that we've added to the Visual Studio 2005 SDK Version 4.0 is a tool called the Package Load Analyzer. One of the pieces of feedback that we receive from our Visual Studio partners is that sometimes it can be difficult to...
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    Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Update for Windows Vista

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    In case you're using the latest and greatest release of Windows , you should consider downloading the update that fixes some Vista-specific issues on Visual Studio 2005 SP1 which was released today. Note that if you had the beta version of this patch...
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    Visual Studio 2005 SDK Version 4.0 has shipped!

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    Download: Visual Studio 2005 SDK Version 4.0 From the download overview: "This is the official Visual Studio 2005 software development kit that allows developers to integrate tools, editors, designers, languages, and much more inside Visual Studio...
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    Mocking Visual Studio

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    One of the really cool features (that I only briefly mentioned here a few months ago) that ships in the Visual Studio SDK is the ability to do test driven development and/or unit tests when developing a VSPackage. If you read up on TDD, one of the best...
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    Scripting Visual Studio with Windows PowerShell

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    One of the really cool new things that shipped recently that I've been trying to learn more about is Windows Powershell . What's really great about it is that if your object supports COM or .NET, you can automate it just by firing up the command line...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Released

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    We've just released Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1. You can get it from the Microsoft Download Center: VS 2005 SP1 (Standard, Professional, Team SKU's) VS 2005 SP1 (Express)
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    Dr. eX on Debugging Package Load Failures

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    Dr. eX has just posted an article called Debugging Package Load Failures that contains some great tips for all those times you may have seen the dreaded "package failed to load" dialog. Check it out!
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    Visual Studio 2005 SDK - December 2006 (CTP)

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    Last Friday, our team shipped the December 2006 CTP of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK. You can get the CTP at http://www.vsipmembers.com/ (free registration required). This is a CTP of our upcoming version 4 release which should be finalized around February...
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