James @ MS

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    Upgrading VS 2005 Packages to VS 2008: A Basic Guide

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    Today, I heard several developers in the community experiecncing some trouble upgrading the VS 2005 package projects to VS 2008. So I took a look at what's going on and decided to blog about it here. Note that I am blogging about all the things that...
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    Link to HelpStudio Lite

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    With the most recent release of the VS 2008 SDK, HelpStudio Lite is no longer included in the SDK download. But it is still the tool we encourage you to use for help documentation authoring and you can easily download it directly from Innovasys. I...
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    DevTeach in Vancouver, BC this week

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    It's been a weird month for me. I counted that I have only been in the office for 5 days in November! I have spent 1 week in Barcelona for TechEd, 1 week of vacation, short Thanksgiving week and 1 week in Vancouver for DevTeach. We are at DevTeach in...
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    VS 2008 SDK and VS Shell runtimes available!

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    We are finally here! Following right on the heels of the VS 2008 release announcement yesterday, we are now announcing the availability of the VS 2008 SDK 1.0 release and the VS Shell (integrated mode) and the VS Shell (isolated mode) runtimes. It...
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    Great News for VS Extenders and VSIP Partners!

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    What a great week for the VSX community! This week, we made several major announcements that will greatly benefit the VSX community. In a nutshell, here are the major announcements that were made: In response to customers' requests, we are removing the...
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    Barcelona, here we come!

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    We put on a good show last week at the VSIP Summit & Developer Conference. We had lots of attendees, lots of sessions, and lots of good food :) We are wrapping up both the VS 2008 SDK on our team, and working with the rest of the Division to wrap...
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    Help with creating your first environment based on VS 2008 Shell (isolated mode)

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    We know that it is a little difficult to use the VS 2008 SDK Aug. CTP to create your first environment based on the Shell. We are working to improve the development experience right now before we ship the final product before the end of this year. Right...
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    Upcoming VSX Events

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    I can't believe it's almost October, and our team is working on so many things right now. First, we are trying to wrap up the platform components that we own in the VS 2008 product, including the VS Shell redistributable pack pieces. It's actually...
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    VB Pack for VS 2005 SDK 4.0

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    In case you didn't see our announcement on the team blog , we have just posted the VB Pack for VS 2005 SDK 4.0 last Friday. With this add-on to the VS 2005 SDK, you will now be able to develop your own VS Packages in Visual Basic. We have also converted...
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    VS 2008 SDK August CTP released!

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    Our team just released the VS 2008 SDK August CTP late yesterday. This is very similar to the July CTP that we posted a week ago, but with some very small, targeted bug fixes that address two of the three key issues I brought up in my previous post in...
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    How to build a package for VS Shell

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    I said I would follow up with a post on how to build a VS Package that targets the VS Shell, so here it is. Creating a VSPackage for the isolated Shell is a little different than the other two scenarios because you will also need to create your own stub...
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    VS Shell Customization Points

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    Following up on my last post about VS Shell workarounds with the current VS SDK, I wanted to make a post about the customizations that you can do with the VS Shell. Most of these are done through the <projectname>.pkdef file that gets generated...
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    Building VS Shell with VS 2008 SDK July CTP

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    Since we shipped the VS SDK July CTP a couple of days ago, we have discovered a couple of issues that makes building your own VS Shell not as easy as we had hoped. I wanted to document all these issues and the workarounds here to unblock anyone who is...
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    Important workaround for VS 2008 SDK July CTP for building VS Shell!

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    Yesterday, we released the VS 2008 SDK that targets the Beta 2 release of Visual Studio. You can read all the details on our team blog . One of the most exciting things about this release is the ability for customers to build the VS Shell (isolated mode...
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    Quick Update on Ecosystem team, VS SDK, VS Shell, etc.

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    I can't believe it's been over a month since my last blog entry. Things have been pretty crazy here. Our team merged with a bunch of great folks over the UK, including Stuart Kent , Gareth Jones and Steve Cook who work on the DSL Tools. Now they are formally...
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    Videos from TechEd 2007

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    Our good PM, Ken Levy, has just posted several video interviews taken right on the TechEd show floor. The VS 2008 Shell is really getting a lot of buzz and they seem to have been inundated with questions about it. I am really excited about this new offering...
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    TechEd 2007, VS 2008 Shell, VS SDK

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    Several things happened over the last couple of days. Last Friday, we released VS Orcas SDK June CTP . This is our second CTP release that targets the VS Orcas SDK Beta 1 release. Then, yesterday TechEd 2007 kicked off at Orlando. Several of my teammates...
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    BlackBerry Plug-in for Visual Studio

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    For those of you who don't know, I am a University of Waterloo alumus. Research In Motion's headquarters is located in Waterloo, right next to the university. In fact, I have spent a couple of internships at RIM, working on their device software on the...
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    VS SDK for Orcas Beta 1 (April CTP) is now available

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    Our team is happy to bring you the latest VS SDK that matches Visual Studio Orcas Beta 1 that was released last week. You can download it immediately from http://www.vsipmembers.com . What We Have Done · All samples have now been updated to work...
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    Webcast: Do-It-Yourself Tools Inside Visual Studio (May 3, 2007 at 9 am PST)

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    Don Demsak (MVP) will be doing a webcast on Visual Studio Extensibility on Thursday, May 3rd. Don is the main driver behind the XPathmania project, and XPathmania is the winning entry in our Visual Studio Extensibility contest last year. he will be showing...
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    Ken Levy is joining our team!

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    A while back, we told you that Community is a big focus for our team these days. We were serious about that and since that post, we have already done a number of things to help our community become stronger: Shipped the VS SDK 4.0, which contains...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Settings Trick

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    When you start Visual Studio 2005 for the first time after installation, you will see the following dialog: Several people have been asking me about how they can bypass the Choose Your Environment Settings dialog when they first start up Visual...
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    Help me with this API: use Koders.com

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    With the recent release of the VS SDK 4.0, we have partnered with Koders.com to index all the code in the VS SDK and makes it easily searchable. This will make life easier for our developers because now you can easily find sample code that uses the particular...
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    Introducing.... our first preview release of the Orcas SDK!

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    Right on the heels of last week's VS 2005 SDK 4.0 RTM release, our team is bringing you the first preview release of the Orcas SDK! It is available for immediate download here (login required). A few important notes about this release of the SDK: ...
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    VS 2005 SDK 4.0 RTM is here!

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    We are really excited to announce that the VS SDK team has just taken the wraps off of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK 4.0 RTM release ! This is the final release on the VS 2005 platform. You can download it immediately from the Microsoft Download Center ...
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