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Welcome to the VSX (Visual Studio Extensibility) Team blog. The VSX Developer Center web site is at http://msdn.com/vsx with the VS SDK download, documentation, news, resources, community references, and more.

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    Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.0 and Visual Studio 2008 Shell released

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    Yesterday, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2008. Today the VS Ecosystem team has released the Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.0 . We also released, for the first time, the new free Visual Studio 2008 Shell redistributable runtimes for both Isolated mode and...
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    Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 has been released!

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    The Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 has been released! Woo hoo!!! We've been spending a lot of time the last few months getting this out the door so we're all pretty excited about this release. The Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 compliments the Service Pack...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Start Page Customization

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    My name is Adrian Collier and I am the Program Manager responsible for the Start Page in the Visual Studio. One of the coolest things we can do in this release is to create custom start pages using WPF. This post details how to get up and running with...
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    Announcing the Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1

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    I'm excited to announce the availability of the Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 ! The Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 provides the tools and templates necessary to build your own extensions to Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1. The SDK will allow you to create...
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    AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft released

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    AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft is now available for free download, an open-source development tool aimed to bring the Visual Studio experience to building World of Warcraft add-ons. This WoW development environment uses the new free Visual Studio...
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    PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008 released

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    PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008 is now available for free download, along with source code and a readme document. PowerCommands, is a set of useful extensions for the Visual Studio 2008 adding additional functionality to various areas of the IDE...
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    Known Issues for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.0

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    Updated: Section 1.15 added on April 8th, 2008. Here are many of the known issues in the Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.0 . 1.   Known Issues 1.1   Run as Normal User is not supported for Visual Studio Shell development If you are developing...
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    Gareth Jones talks about DSL Tools at TechEd07

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    At TechEd 2007, Gareth Jones of the Microsoft DSL Tools team talks about DSL (Domain-Specific Language Tools) in the video clip below, interviewed by Ken Levy . Domain-Specific Language Tools allow Visual Studio 2005 developers to create their own graphical...
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    VS 2008 SDK July 2007 CTP released

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    Note: If you are using this release to do VS Shell development, please see the important workaround posted on James's blog here . The VSX team has just released the VS SDK July 2007 CTP and is now available for download for building extensions with...
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    Visual Basic Pack for Visual Studio 2005 SDK

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    The Visual Basic Pack for Visual Studio 2005 SDK download provides the SDK samples converted in the Visual Basic language and a new wizard that is used for generating Visual Basic based integration Packages for Microsoft Visual Studio. This download is...
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    VSX Community Letter for October 2007

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    This month's letter includes information about what the VSX team has been working on in the past month, our new VSX CoDe Focus magazine issue online, the new VB Pack for VS 2005, what's new on VSX team and community blogs, upcoming event news, VSX community...
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    VS SDK for Orcas Beta 1 (April CTP) is now available

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    James Lau posted the details about the new VS SDK for Orcas Beta 1 (April CTP) download that went live online today. In the spirit of getting this new VSX Team blog started, here's a short video post to Soapbox on MSN Video . The video was recorded to...
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    VS SDK Orcas June 2007 CTP released

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    The VSX team has just released VS SDK Orcas June 2007 CTP and is now available for download. This CTP must be installed together with Visual Studio Orcas Beta 1 . Orcas is the code name for Visual Studio 2008. What's New since the previous version of...
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    VSX Community Letter for January 2008

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    This month's letter includes information about what the VSX team has been working on in the past few months, event news on VSX, some new VSX projects released, more VSX content online, and a preview of what's coming next month. What's new with the VSX...
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    LinqToCodeModel sample class library on Code Gallery

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    LinqToCodeModel is now on available on Code Gallery . LinqToCodeModel, created by Pablo Galiano of Clarius, is a sample library on top of the Visual Studio API class: EnvDTE.FileCodeModel. LinqToCodeModel provides LINQ queries and functionality for the...
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    Enabling Add-ins in your Isolated VS Shell

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    There are two things that are verified when your VS Shell validates if an add-in can be loaded or not.  The first one is the name of the Shell application and the second one is the version of this application.  Usually, the name of the application...
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    Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Now Available

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    Yesterday, we posted the RTM release of Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1. The download links are below: Downloads Visual Studio 2008 SP1 .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions with SP1 Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation...
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    New Editor Samples for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

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    Chris Granger, one of our Visual Studio Editor Program Managers just posted some more Editor goodies on code gallery. Here’s a quick wrap up of the samples and walkthrough that just got posted: Editor Extension Hands On Lab This lab takes you...
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    Visual Studio 2010 CTP is available!

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    We unveiled a glimpse of the Visual Studio 2010 new features at the Professional Developer's Conference last week. If you were unable to attend, you can download the Visual Studio 2010 Customer Technology Preview from here . The CTP is quite big, it's...
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    Tangible T4 Editor for VS 2010 Beta 2

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    The Tangible T4 Editor is now available for VS 2010 Beta 2. Try out the T4 Editor when working with your VS 2010 DSLs. You can download the T4 Editor from the Visual Studio Gallery or look for it in the Extension Manager Online tab.
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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 SDK Documentation is now available!

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    The Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 SDK documentation just got released! You can access it from here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb166441(VS.100).aspx There's still a lot more to cover but this set of docs will get you started with what...
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    Quan To talks about VS SDK development and releases

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    Quan To (VS SDK program manager) on the Microsoft VSX Team, talks to Ken Levy (community program manager) about the development and release details that go into the SDK for Visual Studio 2008. Discussion includes short and long term plans about future...
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    VSX Community Letter for February 2008

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    This month's letter includes information about what the VSX team has been working on in the past few months, event news on VSX, some new VSX projects released, more VSX content online, and a preview of what's coming next month. What's new with the VSX...
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    Visual Studio Gallery announced

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    The Microsoft Visual Studio Ecosystem team has officially launched the new Visual Studio Gallery site at http://visualstudiogallery.com/ . This new web site is a resource center for all Visual Studio extensions and includes everything from free VS PowerToys...
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    Dr. eX: Why does GetService(typeof(EnvDTE.DTE)) return null?

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    Ever build a Visual Studio package with code that looks like the following? p rotected override void Initialize() { base .Initialize ();             this .dte = GetService( typeof ( DTE )) as DTE...
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