James @ MS

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    Pimp your IDE!

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    Since I posted my IDE Tips and Tricks blog entry , I have been getting a lot of emails from customers. They all tell me 2 things: 1. They love the article (this is good, I am happy) 2. Part of the code listing for generating the list of keyboard shortcuts...
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    Where is the January Release?

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    If you have been following what's going on with the Visual Studio platform and following releases of the Visual Studio SDK, you would know that our team has been releasing CTP releases monthly and RTM releases quarterly. So January just went by and where...
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    Another Visual Studio IDE Tip

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    Paul Harrington, our good dev lead over on the IDE team has recently written a simple macro to solve a customer's problem. He was kind enough to let me know about this so I can share it with you. The customer wrote: Many of us work on multiple projects...
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    VS 2005 IDE Tips and Tricks

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    As some of you may know, I used to work in the Visual Studio IDE team before I joined the Ecosystem team. While I was there, I worked on various IDE features such as Visual Studio settings, Window Management, Command/Menus, Toolbox, Task List/Error List...
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    We shipped again! Here is the VS SDK 4.0 December CTP!

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    Hey fellow developers, It gives me great pleasure to announce that our team has just released the VS SDK 4.0 December CTP. You can go download this immediately from the here . Here are the highlights to this release: New Toolbar Combo Box...
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    Visual Studio Extensibility Demystified

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    My friend Dr. eX just posted a nice blog about the various options for Visual Studio extensibility. It clearly explains what your extensibility options are and which one would be the most suitable for you. If you are new to the Visual Studio Extensibility...
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    VS SDK Browser - Getting your feedback early

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    We said we want to be open and transparent about what we are working on and we mean it. One of the work items we have for VS SDK 4.0 is to build a VS SDK Browser in the SDK. We are sharing our thinking with you at this point and we want your feedback...
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    SlickEdit Gadgets for VS 2005

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    The folks over at SlickEdit has just released a set of cool tools for Visual Studio 2005. They call them "Gadgets", but they are what we would call Power Toys. The set of Gadgets include the following: Editor Gadgets - a collection of utilities...
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    Here we are: the VS SDK 4.0 (November CTP)!

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    My colleague Aaron Marten beat me to blogging about our release, but I am just as happy talking about it. In this release, we present you with the following: Toolbox Installer Package - this is a redistributable package designed to simply deployment...
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    Have you registered for the VSIP Dev Lab yet?

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    VSIP Partners! Have you registered for the November VSIP Dev Labs yet? The Visul Studio Ecosystem team will be hosting VSIP Developer Labs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 on main campus in Redmond. The opportunity to attend VSIP Developer Labs is one of the...
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    Make sure you are VS SP1 Ready!

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    If you extend Visual Studio, either through add-ins or VS Packages, you should download VS SP1 Beta to make sure your extensions continue to work. We plan to ship the final Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 later this year, and you will want to make sure...
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    Our Community Plan

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    With the release of VS SDK 3.0 a couple of weeks ago, we are starting to look seriously into the enthusiast space for VS Extensibility. We have posted the SDK on a publicly downloadable site so developers don't need to join the VSIP program before downloading...
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    Disccusion on VS SDK on Soma's Blog

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    In case you didn't notice, Soma blogged about our team's collaboration with QUT on delivering the MPPG/MPLex tools in our VS SDK 3.0 release. Soma highlighted these tools as a great example of Microsoft's collaboration with the academia, and we will continue...
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    New Team Mascot...

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    I forgot to mention that shortly after our team shipped VS SDK 3.0, our team got a new mascot. The good folks on the marketing team was kind enough to give us our new team mascot after our team bowling event... SUSAN! Here is a picture of Susan sitting...
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    What's up lately?

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    We have just completed the planning for VS SDK 4.0 last week. My good dev lead has posted the plans on his blog . I would encourage you to take a look at it and see if you have any feedback for us. Having completed the 4.0 planning, I have been occupied...
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    It's Here... VS 2005 SDK ver. 3.0 RTM

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    On behalf of the VS Ecosystem team, I am pleased to announce that we have just shipped the VS SDK v3 RTM release! This is a major milestone as this release will enable many new scenarios for our partners. It is available for immediate download . ...
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    Any day now...

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    The VS SDK v3 final RTM release is imminent. We are currently going through final phases of testing and will be releasing it any day now. This is really quite exciting because it is my first RTM release with the team. Since my last post, we have had...
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    Just Shipped! VS SDK v3 August CTP

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    We have just posted the VS SDK v3, August CTP release on http://www.vsipmembers.com . Two major items are: MPLEX/MPPG - this stands for Managed Package Lexar and Managed Package Parser Generator. These are essentially counterparts for FLEX/Bison...
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    VS SDK v3 July CTP released & more screencasts

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    I am happy to announce that we just released the VS SDK v3 July CTP last night. In this release, we bring you updated documentation, samples, wizards, IronPython web projects, etc. This release is available for immediate download on the http://www.vsipmembers...
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    VS SDK Screencast

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    One of my colleagues, Patrice Pelland, just posted two VS SDK screencasts on channel 9 today. It takes 5 mins to watch one of them and you will see really how easy it is to build on VS! You see them here: http://channel9.msdn.com/tags/VS+SDK
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    Whidbey, Gadgets and VS Ecosystem

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    It's been a long time since I have touched this blog. I promise I will do a better job at keeping my blog alive moving forward. So since the last time I posted here (which has almost been 2 years), I have been focusing on helping the IDE team ship...
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    Visual Studio IDE Team Blog

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    BTW, in case you don't already know: we have started an IDE team blog. You can go to http://blogs.msdn.com/vside/ to read it. I hope more people from my team will post to it soon. The feedback you give on that blog will be sent to the entire team. Feel...
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    Registration Benefits

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    Thanks for your feedback on registration. I have heard a variety of feedback, ranging from: “Hell no, I won't register even if you shoot me.” to “Let me know what I will get from it and I will register.” In Whidbey, we are...
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    Are you going to register your copy of Visual Studio?

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    Dear Customers, I have a question for all of you: why do you register Visual Studio? We are currently crafting the registration experience for you in Whidbey. In the past, you were asked to register the product at the end of setup for one time only...
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