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  • Blog Post: VSX Conference Day 1

    Our annual VSX Conference started today, the same day we officially announced and launched Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2. For those who have an MSDN subscription, you can download VS 2010 Beta 2 right now. If you don't have a subscription, the Microsoft download center will have it available on Wednesday...
  • Blog Post: Extension Manager Intro Video

    I just put together a quick intro to the extension manager. Consider it my 1 minute elevator pitch of what the extension manager is and what you can do with it. Check it out on Channel 9 at: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/cgranger/The-VS2010-Extension-Manager/
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Gallery Updates

    Our Visual Studio Gallery just got an update today with some small changes since our initial Beta 1 release a few weeks ago. Steven Wilssens, our main PM working on the gallery sums up the changes below: Feature Highlights · Referrals Count – During our initial release we only counted the number of downloads...
  • Blog Post: How do I deploy a Toolbox Control as a VSIX?

    Several partners have asked me how they can package up their Visual Studio 2010 Toolbox Controls as a VSIX and deploy it on the Visual Studio Gallery. In the past, we had a Toolbox Control Installer (TCI) which shipped as an MSM in the Visual Studio SDK. A developer building a toolbox control would include...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 talks about Extensibility and VS 2010 Beta 1

    I just got forwarded this Channel 9 video posted a couple of weeks ago: http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/This+Week+On+Channel+9/This-Week-on-C9-VS-2010-Beta-1-Windows-API-Code-Pack--a-WPF-Jukebox/ Dan and Brian talk about several new VS 2010 Beta 1 features including the Extension Manager, PLKs and...
  • Blog Post: Why isn't there a 64 bit version of Visual Studio?

    Our Visual Studio Chief Architect, Rico Mariani, wrote up a great blog about why we haven't moved to a 64 bit version of Visual Studio. I've been asked this several times from partners and customers and I've gotten different responses asking the same question to other folks in the developer division...
  • Blog Post: Building and publishing a Visual Studio 2010 extension walkthrough

    It's always great to see your General Manager excited about a feature you worked on. It's nice to see him mention it in his blog. It's even better when he sits down and writes an entire blog post about your feature! I demo'ed the Extension Manager and SDK to Jason Zander (my boss' boss' boss' boss...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 installer crashes when I click on "Next"

    I updated our Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 SDK readme a few days ago but I wanted to call this out in case someone else ran into this and needed a workaround. Problem: When I try installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 SDK, it crashes when I click Next during the setup process. Reason: This is...
  • Blog Post: Integrated and Isolated Shell for VS 2010 Beta 1

    We quietly shipped the Visual Studio Integrated and Isolated Shells when Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 was released. The shells are still work in progress as we made some changes since VS 2008 SP1. Both shells will have all the new goodness that came with VS 2010 including the WPF UI and feature updates...
  • Blog Post: What is a VSIX?

    The VSIX file is the unit of deployment for a Visual Studio 2010 Extension. Visual Studio will recognize the VSIX extension and install the contents of the file to the right location. A VSIX file is a zip file that uses the Open Packaging Convention . You can rename the .VSIX extension to .ZIP and...
  • Blog Post: 5 Reasons to learn about extending VS 2010

    One of our Visual Studio Extensibility MVPs just put together a great blog about why you should learn about VS 2010 Extensibility. Check out Istvan Novak's blog at: Five Reasons to Learn VS 2010 Extensibility As a side note, there have been a lot of other exciting things happening the last few...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Extensibility Forum

    If you have any Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 extensibility questions with the Extension Manager, VSIX, pkgdef files, moving extensions to VS 2010, SDK, or anything related to extending Visual Studio, you can post your questions at our Beta 1 Extensibility forum: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums...
  • Blog Post: Reference Assistant for Visual Studio 2010

    A few weeks ago, I mentioned the Reference Assistant extension for Visual Studio in my blog . I've been working closely with Darren Stokes to produce a Visual Studio 2010 version. Darren was quickly able to put together a VS 2010 version of his product and has it packaged up as a VSIX file. That means...
  • Blog Post: First few VS 2010 extensions are now available

    One of our Editor Developers (Noah Richards) has uploaded the first and second Visual Studio extension on the new Visual Studio Gallery . The two extensions are a Wiki Classifier that shows .mwiki files in a nice easily readable format inside the VS Editor and a Diff/Patch classifier that handles...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Resharper Extension (coming soon)!!

    It looks like the guys over in Jetbrains are starting to work on their Visual Studio 2010 Resharper extension! http://blogs.jetbrains.com/dotnet/2009/05/preview-of-resharper-for-visual-studio-2010-coming-soon/ As a huge fan of Resharper, I can't wait till this is available in June. I talked to...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is available (for MSDN subscribers)

    We're live!!! After nearly a year and a half, we've reached another milestone for Visual Studio. The Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 bits shipped to MSDN this morning. It'll be more broadly available in a few days once the servers are sync'd up but if you have an MSDN subscription, go ahead and download...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 Readme

    Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 Supplemental Readme The Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Documentation is available here . The DSL Tools for Beta 1 is available here . This posting contains additional readme and known issues about the Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 release. These are in addition to...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed Editor Talk

    Tech Ed is around the corner! I can't believe it's been almost a year since the last Tech Ed in Orlando. I wish I could be there this year in L.A. but unfortunately, we weren't able to get some of the extensibility topics on the session list. However, our architect for the new Visual Studio Editor...
  • Blog Post: Reference Assistant

    A few weeks ago, several of our VSIP partners came on campus for another Dev Clinic. One of the advantages of being in the VSIP program is one on one discussions with the product team for questions about building your Visual Studio Extensions. I had the pleasure of meeting Darren Stokes from Concurrent...
  • Blog Post: What are the customization points for the Visual Studio Isolated Shell?

    I've been asked this several times by our Visual Studio Integration Partners, by folks with questions on the forums, and even from internal Microsoft teams who want to use the Isolated Shell. The problem is there are so many places that you can customize that our documentation is out of date and there...
  • Blog Post: What to get a developer for Christmas?

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Atleast it is in the Northwest. There's about a foot of snow outside my house and Microsoft Campus has been semi opened the last few days because of our winter storm. Having grown up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - one of the world's coldest places on earth...
  • Blog Post: How do I get progress back from the integrated or isolated shell installer at setup time?

    I've been asked by a few VSIP partners this week and a few times over email so I wanted to put the link to this information here before I forget :) In Service Pack 1, the Integrated and Isolated shell changed the setup chaining technology. In fact, we're using the same setup UI and chainer that the...
  • Blog Post: VSX Dev Con - VSIP Dinner

    The public portion of our Visual Studio Extensibility Dev Conference ended Tuesday. We had a great turn out for the public portion and we're all psyched about the buzz our conference has created with the public. On Tuesday evening, the Visual Studio Industry Partners were all invited to the Olympic...
  • Blog Post: VSX Dev Con - Day 2

    Another great day at our VSX Dev Conference today. Our marketing directory Joe Marini kicked things off this morning with a great talk about how to start getting into the business of marketing and selling your extensions. The rest of the day was jammed packed with other great talks and we're now ending...
  • Blog Post: VSX Dev Con - Day 1 - Part 2

    It's been a full day of sessions and we're still not done yet. James is currently presenting a talk about the Isolated shell (similar to the chalk talk I gave at Tech Ed). Doug Hodges VS architecture presentation is next and we're anticpating a full house for that. We had over 300 people sign up for...
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