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  • Blog Post: 15 minute blog post: PNG files in Packages

    Recently I’ve been helping plan the next version of Visual Studio. It’s way too early to be talking about specifics, but one topic came up this week that I have to share. Package Authoring As some of you may have noticed, many of the regular posters here have been busy writing extensions...
  • Blog Post: 15 minute blog post: A Hidden Feature in Visual Studio 2010

    The sunset in Seattle was spectacular this evening. My wife and I climbed the water tower in Volunteer Park to look across the Sound as the sun dipped behind the Olympic mountains and, in the space of a few minutes, the sky turned from blue to orange and pink. We both agreed that the Emerald City and...
  • Blog Post: Three New Managed Package Framework features for Visual Studio 2010

    This post describes three new features that have been added to the Managed Package Framework (MPF) version 10.0 in Visual Studio 2010. These features are available to anyone developing extensions in managed code for Visual Studio 2010. To get started building extensions for Visual Studio, start by visiting...
  • Blog Post: WPF in Visual Studio 2010 – Part 7 : Wrap up

    This is the final part in the WPF in Visual Studio 2010 series. Reflections on the Series One of the aims of this series was to give a deeper look into collaboration the Visual Studio and WPF teams undertook during this release, specifically focusing on the “Lessons learned.” As such, I tended...
  • Blog Post: WPF in Visual Studio 2010 – Part 6 : Automated UI Testing

    This is the sixth article in the WPF in Visual Studio 2010 series . This week, guest author Phil Price gives us his view of what it took to test the new WPF UI. - Paul Harrington Background This post covers an overview of techniques that we used to create and maintain automated user interface regression...
  • Blog Post: WPF in Visual Studio 2010 - Part 5 : Window Management

    This is the fifth article in the WPF in Visual Studio 2010 series . This week, guest author Matthew Johnson presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Visual Studio's innovative window management system. - Paul Harrington Background Several people have expressed interest in how much effort...
  • Blog Post: WPF in Visual Studio 2010 – Part 4 : Direct Hosting of WPF content

    This is the fourth part in the series of posts on Visual Studio 2010’s use of WPF. This week, we’ll take a look at how Visual Studio 2010 detects and hosts WPF content ‘natively’ while at the same time allowing for non-WPF content. Frames and Panes In the Visual Studio extensibility...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Text Clarity: ClearType Options

    Text clarity in Visual Studio 2010 has been a hot topic throughout the product cycle. Each time we talk or write about it, we seem to invite yet another round comments, some of them quite emotionally charged . We take such feedback very seriously because, whether the comments are completely justified...
  • Blog Post: WPF in Visual Studio 2010 – Part 3 : Focus and Activation

    Continuing the WPF in Visual Studio 2010 series, today’s post is on the subject of “Focus and Activation”. Of all the problems we had to deal with in the new WPF UI, this was probably the most tricky to get right. Focus problems are notoriously hard to debug, partly because interacting...
  • Blog Post: WPF in Visual Studio 2010 – Part 2 : Performance tuning

    This post, the second in a series of articles on Visual Studio 2010’s use of WPF, covers tips and techniques for optimizing performance of WPF applications, and also several areas where we needed to tune Visual Studio 2010 in order to squeeze the best out of WPF. The first post in the series covered...
  • Blog Post: Marshal.ReleaseComObject Considered Dangerous

    This post describes a problem we encountered and solved during the development of Visual Studio 2010 when we rewrote some components in managed code. In this post I’ll describe the problem and what we did to solve it. This is a rather lengthy technical discussion and I apologize in advance for its dryness...
  • Blog Post: WPF in Visual Studio 2010 - Part 1 : Introduction

    This is the first part in a seven part series. Links to the other parts are included at the bottom of this post. Now that the Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2010 is publicly available, we’ve started receiving questions from inquisitive users about how Visual Studio 2010 itself was built...
  • Blog Post: Behind the Scenes: The Splash Screen

    Paul Harrington – Principal Developer, Visual Studio Shell Team Short Bio: Paul Harrington is a principal software developer on the Visual Studio platform team. He has worked on every version of Visual Studio .Net to date. Prior to joining the Visual Studio team in 2000, Paul spent six years working...
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