With the release of the Visual Studio 2008 SDK, software vendors can now build IDE's on top of the Visual Studio 2008 Shell. This enables software vendors to build IDE's that leverage the power of the Visual Studio 2008 IDE, without requiring the end user to have a copy of Visual Studio 2008.

SapphireSteel has just launched a version of its Ruby In Steel IDE using the VS08 Shell.

"We put all our support into Visual Studio so the end-user gets a Ruby-flavored edition of Visual Studio," with its attendant capabilities, said Huw Collingbourne, SapphireSteel technology director.

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