Craig Skibo's WebLog

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About Craig Skibo's WebLog

Craig's blog discusses topics related to Visual Studio, particularly the programmability models (VSIP an Automation), as well as whatever is on his mind for that day.

Craig has worked with developer tools at Microsoft for over 10 years, first on the Visual C++ 4.1 IDE, to today on the next version of Visual Studio.

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    Were off to see the TechEd, the wonderful TechEd of San Diego.

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    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...
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    Who are you?

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    The Visual Studio group has started an initiative to try and get to know you, the users of VS . We are trying to get pictures of our customers and a short bit of information to put up on the wall so that when we walk past, we are reminded of the people...
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    What would you like to see?

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    At TechEd, we will be holding a Cabana session (we are calling it a cook off) where we will present a menu of possible tools for VS (Add-ins, macros, VSIP packages, etc.), then let the audience decide which ones we should build. We will then build them...
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    My TechEd 2004 Schedule

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    I will be participating in two scheduled events at TechEd this year. I will also be working at a booth that we will have on the showroom floor, and as usual, I will be roaming around and free to talk to anyone who stops me (last year at PDC I was up until...
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    Sample chapter

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    There is now a sample chapter from our book available for free download. If you do not have the book , or just want a PDF version, you can download it here .
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    New Add-in sample – Add Code Wizard

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    I originally wrote this sample for the wizards chapter of our book , but it really did not fit into the flow of the rest of the chapter. It was a tough cut, but it had to be done. I forgot about it until recently while doing some hard disk clean-up. ...
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    Contest & WebCast info

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    There is an Add-in writing contest going on over at http://weblogs.asp.net/rosherove/archive/2004/04/21/117663.aspx . They are giving away some great prizes - including a copy of our book that I will sign. I just finished up my web cast. It did not...
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    Updates

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    It has been a while (again) since my last posting. We have been busy bug fixing, polishing the rough edges, and fixing the usability problems. Visual Studio Whidbey is starting to look good. We have done a lot since the Alpha went out, and we hope you...
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    Visual Studio Developer Center

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    If you have not noticed, the Visual Studio Developer Center on MSDN is now live. You will be able to find articles, whitepapers, etc. about programming both Automation and VSIP for Visual Studio . Visit the Developer Center at http://msdn.microsoft.com...
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    News, an update, and a tip

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    If you have a MSN Watch, then basketball is now available as a channel. Now if I only liked basketball… Where is baseball and hockey? An update to my last post: as I suspected, the .NET Framework was not the cause of my performance problems...
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    Adventures in writing managed VSIP packages

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    It has been a little too long since I last made a post. A lot has been going on since the last time I wrote, mostly I have been working on getting bugs fixed for the “Whidbey” build of VS , and work has been proceeding on a new wizards tool...
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    Adventures in writing managed VSIP packages

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    It has been a little too long since I last made a post. A lot has been going on since the last time I wrote, mostly I have been working on getting bugs fixed for the “Whidbey” build of VS , and work has been proceeding on a new wizards tool...
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    Using the clipboard

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    Sorry that I have not made a post in a while, but I have been very busy at work lately fixing bugs in the Whidbey object model, as well as working to get a new way of writing wizards ready (more info on that in a few days). Not too long ago I was...
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    The 54 commandments of COM object model design.

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    There are a plethora of books, tutorials, whitepapers, etc. on the market describing how to use an existing object model. But I have never seen any real description of how to design a COM object model (the .NET framework has design guidelines, but I have...
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    Office redecoration

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    A few days ago, Korby posted a picture of an office that was redecorated while it's occupant was off getting married. Here is the link: http://blogs.msdn.com/korbyp/archive/2004/01/16/59518.aspx My office shares a wall with this one (I am on the right...
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    Use VSASSERT to help debug

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    Here is a second tip for debugging that requires a slight .h file change. If you have the VSIP SDK installed and you need advanced assert help, use VSASSERT. VSASSERT is a nifty utility that is installed with the VSIP SDK that will put up an assert message...
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    Fix debugging QIs in ATL code

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    I have been doing a lot of VSIP package writing lately. While I was writing a project for VS I wanted to find out which interfaces VS is looking for on my package so I could implement those interfaces. I decided to turn on ATL’s QI tracking feature...
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    MSN Direct Watch - Part 2

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    Some more info on the SPOT watch: It is much better than I thought it would be. I am getting used to wearing it now, and it is not that much of a distraction. The messenger thing is cool, although the response time is unpredictable. Friday I sent...
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    MSN Direct Watch

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    About a month ago I ordered MSN Direct watch, and I finally got it today. I have not had a chance to play around with it too much yet, but I need to say it is quite cool. It gives you the weather, news highlights, stock quotes, meeting notifications and...
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    MSN Direct Watch

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    About a month ago I ordered MSN Direct watch , and I finally got it today. I have not had a chance to play around with it too much yet, but I need to say it is quite cool. It gives you the weather, news highlights, stock quotes, meeting notifications...
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    Custom command bitmaps 101

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    This is the tutorial I promised on how to create buttons with custom UI in the VS object model. A common question that I get is how can you add a custom bitmap to a command placed on a tool bar and have that bitmap support transparency. Getting...
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    Leaving for the holidays

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    I will not be posting here for a little while. I am leaving in a few hours for my annual trip back to Pennsylvania for the holidays. I don’t take that many vacations (you should see how much vacation time I loose each year), so I look forward to...
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    Commands and UI

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    New Whidbey features....
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    Commands and UI

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    Today was a big source code check-in day. I sent well over 50 files to be checked into our source code control system, and I will be here late sending off a lot more. What kind of things did I change? Well, one of the most asked for features is the ability...
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    Hello everyone

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    After a brief amount of time blogging over at blogs.gotdotnet.com, we have been moved over here because that site has closed. This is a hello message to those of you who are reading this blog for the first time, and a welcome to the new place for those...
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