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  • Blog Post: VS SDK on Vista

    I've finally gotten around to trying out the VS SDK on Vista with UAC turned on. Here's what I had to do to get the VS SDK to install, and a package to compile and run: 1) Installing VS - fairly straightforward, no surprises 2) Installing VS SDK - the self-extracing exe fails to launch setup.exe...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2006 - Power To the Pros - Boston

    I'll be at TechEd this year. Please stop by the VS Extensibility booth for info on extending Visual Studio and the VSIP Partner Program. I'll try to blog often to give a perspective about the event and the activities that are planned. I'm already tired just thinking about the calendar.
  • Blog Post: VS SDK V2 Has Been Released

    I'm proud to announce the availability of the V2 VS SDK supporting VS 2005 . This SDK is awesome. It has some incredible sample content including Iron Python language integration including WinForms Designer integration. By examining the Iron Python source code (not included in the SDK, but free) you...
  • Blog Post: VS SDK (Oct 2005) for VS 2005 now posted

    I'm very pleased to announce the availability of the Visual Studio SDK for Visual Studio 2005. VSIP members can now download the VS SDK for the VS 2005 product (which was recently posted for MSDN subscribers) . This is the SDK necessary to build integrations into Visual Studio 2005. Please note...
  • Blog Post: PDC Day 3 - Experts, experts, everywhere

    C# Futures was packed... So I ended up in an overflow room. Listening to Anders Hejlsberg talk about delegates, anonymous methods, lambda expressions, generics, etc. was very cool. It's really interesting all the things that needed to be done to the C# language in order to make the LINQ (Language...
  • Blog Post: PDC Day 3 - Domain Specific Languages - the future of Modeling

    Bob Muglia's General Session - Windows Server... I just got out of Bob Muglia's keynote and it was great to see so many cool things happening in the Windows Server product. In particular I was impressed with IIS7 and it's capabilities. They designed an extensibility mechanism in IIS that allows an...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio and Windows Workflow Designer rocks! - PDC Day 2

    At the morning keynote I saw a great integration with Visual Studio in the Windows Workflow Designer. I'm sitting in the PDC general session this morning and during Eric Rudder's keynote he invited the Windows Workflow Foundation team to demonstrate their cool tools. The really awesome thing that I saw...
  • Blog Post: PDC Day 1 - Power Outages and Uploads

    Well, yesterday was very eventful. Just after my previous post, we broke for lunch and just as we were starting to present our after-lunch information the power went out in Los Angeles . Not just in the Convention Center, but all over the city. According to reports 2 million people were affected....
  • Blog Post: PDC Day 0 - Precon

    Hello. I'm sitting in 501ABC for the PDC05 Preconference Session on Visual Studio Extensibility. If you are coming to the PDC, please drop by and say hello! I, along with Phil Taylor, Doug Hodges, Craig Skibo, am presenting information today. We have 6 hours of content to talk about VS Extensibility...
  • Blog Post: VSIP Dev Lab

    We just completed another Dev Lab on the Microsoft campus. This is an event for partners to bring their VS integrations on campus and have Microsoft help them get their code working with the latest platforms. In this case we have several partners that are getting ready to launch their integrated tools...
  • Blog Post: Managed Package Framework Webcast

    I forgot about this 'til now. http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1032258553&Culture=en-US is a link to a MSDN webcast I did describing the Managed Package Framework for the masses. Enjoy.
  • Blog Post: Back in the saddle again

    Whew! It's been a while hasn't it? My new son was born 9/30 and I returned to work late October after infant care leave. We're all hard at work here getting Whidbey Beta 2 ready to ship. The holiday's hit and I spent a bunch of time on the road and on airplanes. I'm back from vacation now and sitting...
  • Blog Post: Extensibility makes MSDN TV

    Check out Ken Hardy, VS Core PM for Extensibility share some info on MSDN TV . If you were at TechEd 2004 San Diego, you might catch yourself in the background...
  • Blog Post: Solution Options Persistence

    I investigated this question earlier today for an internal VS client and wanted to share the results with the rest of the world... Your VS Package can place data into the solution file (.sln) or solution user options (.suo) file by implementing IVsPersistSolutionOpts (.suo affecting) or IVsPersistSolutionProps...
  • Blog Post: Whidbey Beta 1 Feedback

    I forgot to mention the way to provide VS 2005 feedback. Visit the MSDN Product Feedback Center (http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/productfeedback/ ) For feedback related to VSIP Beta 1, you can use the same site. Just be sure to include “VSIP” in the issue description so it gets routed to...
  • Blog Post: Whidbey Beta 1

    Boy, a ton of stuff is happening this week: 1) VS 2005 Beta 1 is released. You can find it here: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/ 2) We've announced the Visual Studio Express products. You can get more information here: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/ You can expect some information...
  • Blog Post: Going, going....

    Well, there's still a ton of people here at the San Diego Convention Center even though it's down to the last session slot of TechEd 2004. It's a little sad though. Weeks like this are great with tons of learning and great interaction. You hate to see it end, but the real world waits and there's a...
  • Blog Post: Winding down...

    Last night's TechEd SeaWorld event was great. We saw the Shamu show first and it was great. Amazing stuff. Then we went to the dolphin show and it was even better. Laughed so hard it hurt. Lots of great TechEd sessions this week. Customers applauded a bunch during the C# - Whidbey IDE session. Great...
  • Blog Post: The Feature Cook-off turned out some great features

    First, the background: The Feature Cook-off was Wed at 8:30AM. Tue morning I was in a panic because I couldn't find some critical information in order to use the Whidbey Manaed Package Framework's Language Service. The wireless (& wired) network at TechEd is great, but bandwidth is at a premium...
  • Blog Post: Ballmer's Keynote Address

    Steve Ballmer is speaking now... There's a bunch of stuff he's saying about VSIP and integrating into Visual Studio. He mentioned 3 new partners during the keynote. He also plugged extensibility features of Visual Studio. And during the part about Office Information Worker features, I believe some...
  • Blog Post: What would you like to see?

    At TechEd, some of the Extensibility team members will be holding a Cabana session where we will present a menu of possible tools for VS (Add-ins, macros, VSIP packages, etc.) and the audience will be given the choice of what tools should be built during the session. We have some suggestions already...
  • Blog Post: VS Core BIO's

    Check out some of the team members in Visual Studio along with my BIO here .
  • Blog Post: Back in the late night saddle; ISelectionContainer

    Here I am again at 1:00am, working. Now, I know you may think that 1:00am is early, but consider the fact that I get up at 6:30am to get the whole thing going and it's just crazy how many hours of sleep I am NOT getting. But that is life when we're all trying to get Whidbey Beta 1 ready for customers...
  • Blog Post: Extras is released!

    You can now download the release version of the VSIP Extras SDK . The new Visual Studio Extensibility Center on MSDN is also available. Check it out for some cool information on Extensibility including VS Object Model, Macros, Add-ins, VSIP & more...
  • Blog Post: Localization of Managed Resources and Managed VS Packages

    I received the following question recently: Should I set CurrentThread.CurrentUICulture in my package code? The CurrentUICulture setting is used to direct the Resource Manager load the correct localized resources out of a managed resource satellite dll. This is not the same as the VS Package...
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