Aaron Marten

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    Phil Taylor (VSSDK Program Manager) is Blogging

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    The blog has been up since November, but I just found out about it. Phil Taylor, our Program Manager for the Visual Studio SDK is blogging about our goals (both short and long term) for the SDK. Another Visual Studio Extensibility link for your RSS...
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    Visual Studio 2005 SDK - March 2006 CTP for V2 Shipped!

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    Get your bits (Passport login & VSIP registration required) while they're hot off the build machines! The March 2006 CTP of the Visual Studio SDK has hit the web. We've made some pretty significant improvements since last month that are worth checking...
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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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    A few more juicy bites in the VSSDK February 2006 CTP

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    In the rush to post about the CTP, I forgot to mention a few more things we've bundled in the Visual Studio SDK starting with this CTP: DSL Toolkit : " Using Domain-Specific Language Tools, you can create a custom graphical designer that uses your...
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    Visual Studio 2005 SDK - February 2006 CTP is now available!

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    We just posted the February 2006 CTP of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK to the web. From the description: " The February CTP is the next milestone in the drive towards the April 2006 v2 release. This CTP contains updated VS Integration samples and documentation...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Automation Samples available for download

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    As has already been mentioned by Chetan and Craig , the Automation (EnvDTE) Samples for Visual Studio 2005 have been released. If you're interested in seeing what sort of extensibility points and automation model Visual Studio provides without needing...
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    Intellisense/Colorization broken before build on VSSDK Samples/Wizard-generated projects

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    In both the October 2005 RTM and December 2005 CTP releases of the Visual Studio SDK, you may notice some odd behavior with building packages generated by the package wizard. This may include: No colorization on the MPF based classes A single...
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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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    Visual Studio 2005 SDK Ships!!!

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    If you have the final release of Visual Studio 2005, you can now download the corresponding Visual Studio SDK from the following location: http://www.vsipmembers.com/downloads/28/UserFileDownload.ashx Note that you'll have to have a vsipmembers...
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    An last but not least...

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    Chetan C has also started blogging! Chetan's primary focus is testing and improving the Visual Studio Automation Object model (otherwise known as DTE).
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    Two new blogs!

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    There are 2 new blogs for you to add to your RSS reader if you're interested in writing addins and packages for Visual Studio: Anthony Cangialosi will be blogging about the Visual Studio SDK. He doesn't have much there yet, but stay tuned. Huizhong...
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    Visual Studio SDK September CTP Now Available for Download!

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    The September CTP of the Visual Studio SDK is now available for download . Please note that this CTP should be used to develop packages targeting the VS August CTP. I know it can be kind of confusing about which VSSDK matches which VS release, so here...
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    New VSIP/Visual Studio SDK Downloads Page

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    There's a pleasant surprise waiting for you over at http://www.vsipdev.com/downloads/ . (Update: June 2008 : VsipDev.com is no longer owned by Microsoft apparently.) The page has been re-organized to be much easier to read and use. Also, you can get...
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    Agile 2005 Conference

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    I'm fortunate enough to be attending the Agile 2005 Conference next week in Denver. Hope to see you there! Yikes...It's been a while since I've posted. After I get back, I'll make the Interface of the Week posts a little more regular. In the meantime...
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    Visual Studio SDK for June CTP now available

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    For all of you who like to live on the cutting edge (or who were waiting for bug fixes since Beta 2), the Visual Studio SDK (formerly VSIP SDK) for the June 2005 CTP is Visual Studio is now available . Enjoy!
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    IVsMonitorSelection Article

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    I've posted the Interface of the Week article on IVsMonitorSelection . Enjoy! I'd be interested in your feedback, especially if you think short articles like this would be helpful to continue with.
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    Interface of the Week

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    I've decided to start a new feature that should be of some assistance to all of you out in VSIP land. It will be called "Interface of the Week". My goal is to feature a new interface from Visual Studio that you can use to write the next great extension...
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    Addin Wizard on Visual Studio 2005 (Beta 2)

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    Well, Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 is finally out the door. It is certainly a high-quality Beta, but, like any piece of software, not without it's flaws. You may notice that if you install MSDN (which I'm sure most users do), the Visual Studio Addin Wizard...
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    At Your Command

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    I received the following question in my email this morning: "I'd like to create a new command that appears on the Project/Add context menu but I don't know where to begin. I'm not clear if I can create an OleMenuCommand in 2003 or if that's just in 2005...
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    Visual Studio CTP / VSIP Versioning Problems

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    I've been seeing a lot of emails and posts about people wondering how they can get VSIP 2005 Beta 1 to work with the December 2004 CTP release of VS 2005. The answer is that you can't and shouldn't. When changes are made to interfaces, classes, assemblies...
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    New VSIP-related Blog!

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    The Visual Studio Extensbility User Education (VSXUE) team, lead by Jim Glass, has started their own blog . The first few posts look pretty promising. Check it out!
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    Visual Studio Team System Extensibility Kit (December 2004 CTP)

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    An extensibility kit dealing with extending Visual Studio Team System has been posted on the Microsoft downloads page. This version is designed to work with the December 2004 CTP release from a few weeks ago. Check it out and get started adding your custom...
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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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    VSIP as a Normal User

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    If you ask people who know much about computer security, they will usually recommend that you perform all your common tasks as a normal user and only run as an Administrator when you absolutely need to. The idea is that even if a hacker or virus exploits...
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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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