VSX Arcana

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    The VSX Template Wizard

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    Over the years, I’ve built more than a few project templates with wizard support. Usually for experimental purposes to help answer customer inquiries concerning templates and wizards. Lately, I’ve found myself regularly following steps similar...
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    Creating a VSIX Deployable Project (or Item) Template with Custom Wizard Support

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    Every now and then, I get an interesting question or problem from a customer (thanks Uma) that highlights a need for some additional documentation, or at the least a sample or walkthrough to illustrate how to get from A to Z. In this instance, the question...
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    VS 2013 SDK Samples released

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    It took a bit longer than we’d have liked, but the VS team has finally gotten around to porting and posting the original VS SDK samples from VS 2010, over to VS 2013. Below is a listing of the samples and where they can be downloaded from. Build Progress...
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    VS 2013 Isolated Shell generates an error when attempting to load a custom project type

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    After adding support for a custom project type to a VS 2013 Isolated Shell project, you may encounter the following error dialog. This error message is displayed when the the isolated shell instance loads the wrong version of msbuild assemblies...
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    Managed Package Framework (MPF) for Projects released for VS 2013

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    Last night the VS team uploaded a new version of MPF_Proj for VS 2013 to CodePlex, which can be used to facilitate building custom project types for Visual Studio 2013. Links to earlier versions can be found in my earlier blog entry .
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    Building a VSIX Deployable Single File Generator

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    A recent post on the VS Extensibility Forum related to deploying a Single File Generator (also called a “Custom Tool”), inspired me to write a new VSIX Deployable Single File Generator Sample to the MSDN Code gallery. The existing samples were written...
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    How to change solution icon in the Visual Studio Isolated Shell

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    This question posted to the VS Extensibility Forum recently caught my attention. Initially, I initially suspected this would have a simple answer, but it turns out the shell pulls this icon directly from a resource in msenv.dll. After examining the underlying...
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    Managed Package Framework for Projects (MPFProj) released for VS 2012

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    The VS team recently released an update of the MPFProj sample sources to facilitate authoring custom project types for Visual Studio 2012. Including a link to each version below; as each is specific to a given version of the Visual Studio IDE. MPFProj...
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    Welcome to the VSX Arcana Blog

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    The goal of this blog is to highlight various topics and issues pertaining to extending the Visual Studio IDE, primarily through the use of the Visual Studio SDK. For this first post, we’ll list the various downloads, resources and support avenues...
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