The slides have been prepared, the demo code has been written, reservations made, and the bags are packed. Tomorrow I will be arriving in San Diego for this year’s TechEd. For those of you attending, we would like to invite you to the two talks we are giving. Again, here is the schedule with a slightly different version of my description:


DEV352  Visual Studio: Top Ten Ways to Customize and Extend the IDE

Wednesday, May 26 3:45 PM- 5:00 PM, Room 31ABC

Speaker(s): Ken Hardy, Craig Skibo

Track(s): Developer Tools and Technologies

Have you ever wanted to add a menu command or a new window to Visual Studio? Are you interested in adding new features to the Visual Studio IDE? This session tackles the most popular scenarios using the full range of extensibility, including Visual Studio Macros, the Automation Object Model, and the VSIP SDK. See how to use them together.


My description: Among other features, we will be showing you how you can build an Add-in that creates a new tool integrated into VS. What is the tool? Here is a hint: Why use a web browser when you could be reading this blog inside VS? We will also be showing how easy it is to build a colorizing text editor using the VSIP SDK, and demo a project system to build the code written for this simple editor.


DEVC09  Visual Studio Feature Cook Off - The Power of Extensibility

Wednesday, May 26 8:30 AM- 9:45 AM, Cabana 05

Speaker(s): Allen Denver, Ken Hardy, Doug Hodges, Chetan Parmar, Craig Skibo

Track(s): Developer Tools and Technologies

Do you want to see some of Microsoft's finest developers race against the clock to develop your most requested Visual Studio features? Stop by and learn about Visual Studio's robust extensibility story. See many examples of cool features added by developers or Visual Studio Industry Partners. Nibble on new ideas for how VS can meet your needs and take home a sample or two for the folks back at home.


My description: During this session we will be doing live, on stage development of code for features that are requested by customers. Some of it may ship in the finished VS product, and all of it will be available for download as sample code. This is a cabana session, meaning seating is limited. Currently this session is full, but you can still try to sign up and if we get enough people that want to attend it may be moved to a larger room.


I will also be working at the Visual Studio booth on the showroom floor, or roaming about the conference during the week, and possibly in the hotel bar late at night. Stop by and say hello!


I will try to write a blog entry every day that I am there, but usually I am up quite late (3am every day at PDC last year) so I may not get to do this.