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  • LearnVSXNow! Part #45 – Understanding the Menu Merge Process

    Visual Studio extensibility developers know that VSPackages are load on-demand. The IDE loads a package when any of the commands, services, tool windows, document windows, designers, or whatsoever objects the package owns are about to be used. Even if our packages are not loaded, somehow they should...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Tue, Oct 13 2009
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  • VS 2010 Beta1 Issues #2: Fuzzy Screenshots

    Working with Visual Studio 2010 Beta1 and finding out how things work there is really a fan, I enjoy doing it very much. I really like the new design and features coming from the fact that VS 2010 Shell—and of course the new editor—is based on WPF technology. I know there are some who criticize...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Sat, Jul 4 2009
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  • VS 2010 Beta1 Issues #1: “TextOnly” Command flag does not work

    Upgrading my samples from VS 2008 to VS 2010 for the forthcoming book helps me finding issues in VS 2010 Beta1. The freshest one I have caught is related to the TextOnly command flag in the .vsct file of VSPackages. The TextOnly command flag is assumed to set up the visual properties of a menu item so...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Sat, Jul 4 2009
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  • Announcement: VSXtra Shifts to a New Implementation Phase

    After five month of preparation I have decided that I move VSXtra project from its experimental state to a new implementation state. You may wonder what it really means. This blog is about to explain you the details. Till this time I communicated VSXtra is an experimental project, because the main focus...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Wed, Oct 22 2008
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  • LearnVSXNow! Part #36 - Working with Hierarchies Part 3 - Properties and Hierarchy Traversal

    In the first two parts of this mini-series ( Part 1: Hierarchy Basics , Part 2: Structure of Hierarchies ) I gave you an overview about the hierarchy abstraction handled by the IVsHierarchy interface and the role of structural properties to represent parent-child relationship among nodes. In this part...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Thu, Oct 16 2008
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  • A Nice Book on WPF and a Great Icon Editor

    In the last week I saw a book with 20% discount on WPF: Sams Teach Yourself WPF in 24 Hours by Rob Eisenberg and Cristopher Bennage, I decided to buy it. I have read a few great books about WPF, many of them treated the WPF and UX approach on its own way. However, those books either did not give too...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Fri, Sep 26 2008
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  • Great Presentations about DSL Tools

    Yesterday was the first day of the VSX Developer Conference. It was a long day with many presentations but it really, really was a useful day. I especially liked the presentations about the DSL Tools, yesterday we had two of them. In the first one Jean-Marc Prieur introduced the basic concepts behind...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Tue, Sep 16 2008
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  • VSX Developer Conference Day 1 Slides Are Available!

    If you cannot participate at the VSX Developer Conference starting today (September 15 th 2008), you do not have to miss all the content. The slides of the first day’s presentations are available for download. Just click on the session names here and download the slides. (Of course you cannot see...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Mon, Sep 15 2008
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  • VSX Keynote and VSX Futures

    The Conference was opened by Paramesh Vaidyanathan , Product Unit Manager VS Platform & Ecosystem (He said, there is a separate session about how to pronounce his last name J ) His brief presentation summarized the role of Visual Studio and the role of VS Ecosystem starting from the VSIP program...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Mon, Sep 15 2008
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  • VSX DevCon 2008 is here…

    Now, it is Monday morning, close to 9 when the VSX Developer Conference is about to start. As I wrote it in my blog, I was very excited in the last few days. (Well, I remained excited during the weekend, but this time not the conference itself was the subject… It happened that I flew from Budapest...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Mon, Sep 15 2008
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  • Two more VSX sample deep dives on the Code Gallery

    There are two more VSX sample deep dives released on MSDN Code Gallery: — Tool Window Reference Sample Deep Dive — Single File Generator Sample Deep Dive I have written seven more deep dives on VSX samples, I hope in a few weeks those also will be released.
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Tue, Sep 9 2008
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  • Managed Project System with VSXtra

    If Visual Studio Extensibility has complex parts, no doubt, the Project System (managing the project hierarchy, project content editing, build, deployment, etc) is one of them. Currently the Managed Package Framework does not support creating your own project system and the related MSDN documentation...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Wed, Sep 3 2008
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  • 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...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Mon, Sep 1 2008
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  • VS 2008 SDK 1.1 Has Been Released (and installed)

    On August 12 th I missed VS 2008 SDK v1.1. James Lau promised it for the next week, and on the 21 st the development team released the version, as Quan To blogged it in the VSX Team blog . I have downloaded the SDK from the link provided in Quan’s blog entry, installed and tried it. In this post...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Sat, Aug 23 2008
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  • Re: Where is VS 2008 SDK 1.1 RTM?

    The newest information from the VSX team blog (by James Lau): The matching VS 2008 SDK 1.1 RTM will be coming next week. Stay tuned...
    Posted to DiveDeeper's blog by inovak on Tue, Aug 12 2008
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