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  • LearnVSXNow! #24 - Introducing VSXtra

    If you have read my posts in the LearnVSXNow series, you can feel that I am not really satisfied with the Managed Package Framework. In a week ago I started a new project on CodePlex called VSXtra . This is an experimental project to create an improved Managed Package Framework. I make it for the VSX...
    by inovak on Jul 08 2008, 03:20 PM
  • LearnVSXNow! #22 - Thinking about a new MPF

    In the last few weeks I had busy days full with different kind of deep dives. As you could see on LearnVSXNow, my latest three articles were about deep dives. I was contracted to work with the VSX team on some kind of technical deep dive materials. At the end of May I took part in other kind of deep...
    by inovak on Jun 14 2008, 08:38 PM
  • LearnVSXNow! - #1: How to start VSX programming?

    I am a fan of Visual Studio. Several times I flirted with the idea to create a VS packages for some development utilities. I always wanted to convince my colleagues to implement their utilities as VS packages. However, when they asked me how to start, I always pointed to the VS SDK and its documentation...
    by inovak on Jan 02 2008, 06:49 PM
  • LearnVSXNow! #25 - Advanced VSCT Concepts: Behind Combos

    In Part #18 I gave you a very short overview about combo boxes in the context of VSCT files. In that article I promised you to give a detailed overview about declaring and using combo boxes. Nowadays beside LearnVSXNow I’m working on my other project called VSXtra , and I have just finished the...
    by inovak on Jul 14 2008, 02:52 PM
  • LearnVSXNow! Part #41 – Toolbar Layout and Persistence

    A very good friend of mine started to extend Visual Studio 2008. When writing his first few toolbars, he felt lost in the documentation treating the initial layout and persistence options. When I explained him the details and the rationale behind, I found, those are never summarized in one place. So...
    by inovak on Feb 02 2009, 05:33 AM
  • LearnVSXNow! #30 - Custom Editors in VSXtra

    When I started VSX programming with Visual Studio 2008 SDK, one of the most esoteric things were custom editors. The VSPackage wizard created a custom editor with a few thousands code lines, and it early came to light that Managed Package Framework does not have support for custom editors. Several times...
    by inovak on Sep 01 2008, 10:46 AM
  • LearnVSXNow! #10 - Creating our first toolset — Reusing code

    The small Calculate tool window sample we created in Part #6 and #7 allows me to show that the current VS IDE object model has many opportunities to make the object model behind packages better. In this part we are not going to develop any new functionality but change our code to gain reusable types...
    by inovak on Feb 04 2008, 06:44 PM
  • LearnVSXNow! Part #45: Embedding Visual Studio 2010 Editor into a Tool Window

    It was a long time ago when I posted the last article of the LearnVSXNow! series, because I was busy with several projects including two books. In the recent days I have spent a lot of time examining the new Visual Studio 2010 editor from extensibility point of view. I needed to embed an editor into...
    by inovak on Jul 28 2010, 11:14 AM
  • LearnVSXNow! #38 - VS 2010 Editor - Text Coloring Sample Deep Dive

    In the previous part of the LearnVSXNow! series I shared my first experiences with the new Visual Studio 2010 SDK CTP. To help you understand new features in VS 2010 editor extensibility I decided to write a deep dive about a few examples. I selected the TextColoringSample application shipped with the...
    by inovak on Nov 04 2008, 04:56 PM
  • LearnVSXNow! Part #34 - Working with Hierarchies Part 1 - Hierarchy Basics

    It was almost three weeks ago when I published my latest article in the LearnVSXNow series. I spent my time examining an important area of VSX; I dealt with the Visual Studio project system and hierarchies. There are a large number of tasks in Visual Studio Extensibility that cannot be done without knowing...
    by inovak on Oct 07 2008, 05:27 PM
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