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    Hosting Code Editor in Tool Windows

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    Deploying Visual Studio 2003 managed VSPackages(Reposted here) Hosting Code Editor in a ToolWindow I am pretty sure you have thought about doing this. Come on! I know you have. I had been thinking about implementing it for quite some time now. But one...
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    Visual Studio 2005 - Extensibility Test Specifications

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    Test Specification for VS Extensibility Have you ever wondered what we test on VSIP & Extensibility features in the VS QA team when we release Community Tech Previews? We run a small number of automated tests on most of our features against...
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    I say Annotate that!!!

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    Fresh off the grill or should I say warmed after deep freeze? I will leave that up to you. But I thought it was about time to let you all party on the Source Code Annotation sample, developed by one of my assistants, Chetan N Parmar at Tech Ed 2004 Visual...
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    How do I implement a custom Text marker?

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    A: Aha! Custom text markers are one of those cool features lacking adequate documentation on how to implement it. I feel that implementing one is really very straight forward and hope you would be able to use to your heart's content. Providing custom...
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    How was your TechEd 2004?

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    Thanks a lot to all who dropped by the Visual Studio Extensibility booth to meet n greet ‘Da VS Extensibility Gang’. I am sure the cool swag we handed out with my face on it would have made your trip worth while. Anyway one of my clones/spy...
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    Are you going to be at TechEd 2004?

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    Are you going to be at TechEd 2004? What would you like to have for brunch? No seriously! Doctor and some of his accomplished colleagues are going to cook components to satisfy your insatiable hunger to extend Visual Studio. At TechEd, we will be holding...
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    How do I enable standard Visual Studio commands and accelerator keys for a Tool Window?

    Alright! Alright! I know you want to be in command here. Just make sure your tool window gets a good dose of high octane OLE command handling. Using Visual Studio Integration packages (VSPackages) it is very easy to handle existing command likeEdit.Copy...
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    How do I attach a specific debugger engine to a process I launch?

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    Hmmm! Looks like someone is feeling lonely. No seriously, this is an area where the doctor does not have very many recommendations. Visual Studio 2003 Debugger object model does not expose any way to specify a specific debug engine to be used when attaching...
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    Catching Rename Events

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    "How do I trap rename file events in Solution Explorer and cancel the event if it happens?" Great question ! As with many things in Visual Studio Extensibility, there is a way to accomplish this with both Macros/Add-ins and with VSIP. First let’s...
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    No Help! How do I get it back?

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    As was mentioned in one of the comments on Aaron Marten's blog and in the VSIP Extras Beta newsgroup, there is a problem with installing the VSIP Extras help files. If you have VS, MSDN, & VSIP (w/Extras) installed on a non-system drive, you may notice...
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    How do I manipulate ToolBox Items?

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    Ah! I see two light bulbs lit in my big head. You can either use low cost DTE lenses or use a fairly involved dose of SVsToolbox service. So which one you should use? Read on and find it out… Use DTE If all you intend...
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    Will I be able to write Visual Studio Packages using managed code?

    Great question Olle! Great question, and timely, too. I recommend getting VSIP 2003 Extras, which was just released today. What is VSIP 2003 Extras, you ask? It’s an add-on for the VSIP 2003 SDK and provides additional capabilities for developing...
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    How can I access the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) automation model from a VSIP Package?

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    With the release of the VSIP Extras, which builds on the VSIP SDK, accessing the IDE automation model from a VSIP Package (also referred to as VSPackage) is a snap. For more information on accessing the automation model, see Extending Managed VSPackages...
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    Who is Dr eX?

    No he is not your ex silly! Its Dr Extensibility (Dr. eX). For now I am your assistant for any Visual Studio Extensibility related questions. Got a problem or a stumper question on anything to do with Visual Studio extensibility? No matter if it's about...
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