Creating Add-ins for Visual Studio 2005 using C#

Creating Add-ins for Visual Studio 2005 using C#

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Ever wanted to create an add-in for Visual Studio? Well, this KB article walks you through the process of creating a simple add-in that inserts the current date and time at the insertion point in the editor. You can expand on this to create your own custom add-ins that do even cooler stuff, like insert "Hello, World!" (ok, I'm kidding about the Hello, World part. I'm sure you can come up with something MUCH cooler than that).
  • If you are writing add-ins using the standard .Net hooks then you are working too hard. I know that this doesn't follow the party line, but I highly recommend that anyone writing add-ins should seriously take a look at CodeRush from DevExpress. It abstracts the addin APIs and makes it trivial to write very extensive add-ins. The nice part is that you can write a CodeRush plugin in VS2003 and it will work for both VS2003 and VS2005 without recompiling or changing code.
  • Why... VS is perfect for creating addins
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