Craig Skibo's WebLog

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Time to go

After 111/2 years, I have decided that I need to take a little time away from work and will be...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 11/05/2007

Why C# and VB are not supported for VS Shell Isolated stubs

I have been asked a few times why, when you run our wizard, we generate C++ code and not C# or VB....

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 09/19/2007

Community Content Installer Power Toys - new location

Since Got Dot Net was closed down, I have not uploaded the power toys to a new location. I have...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 09/12/2007

Visual Studio Shell architecture – Part 1

Before getting into how this new Visual Studio Shell Isolated (let’s call it VSSI for short) thing...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 06/06/2007

Indroducing Visual Studio Shell

I have not been making too many posts here, mostly because I have had my head down working on some...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 06/05/2007

Making Add-in development easier

One complaint that we have received about creating Add-ins is about the .addin file. Specifically,...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 05/03/2007

Hello old, new friend

For the past few years, Carlos Quintero has been the MVP working with the automation model. Last...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 03/15/2007

Now taking requests

Samples and tools are a big part of the VS SDK, but what we decide are good samples and tools are...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 02/26/2007

Time for a change

If you have not noticed I have not posted to this blog in a while. There are many reasons for this,...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 01/05/2007

New book now available

I know it has been a while, but I just wanted to drop a note that our latest book, Working With...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 06/12/2006

A Man in Enemy Territory

The Seattle Seahawks are in the super bowl, I am happy that they are going. But there is one small...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 01/27/2006

You can download our book if you are a MSDN subscriber

It has been confirmed by a few MSDN subscribers that you can download our book, Working With...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 01/26/2006

Visual Studio 2005 Automation Samples now available

You can now download the automation samples for Visual Studio 2005 at...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 01/06/2006

Visual IL source code now available

I have upload the source code for the Visual IL language service and project to...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 12/07/2005

That is a lot easier than I thought

For a while now, people have been asking me how to create Satellite DLLs for their Add-ins. My...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 12/02/2005

Our new Visual Studio 2005 Book

You may have heard that we have a new book out for Visual Studio 2005. The unfortunate bit of news...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 11/29/2005

Extensibility Intellisense files now available

I have posted an MSI that will install XML files that will help you when programming Extensibility...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 11/17/2005

Content Installer News

Recently I uploaded new builds of the Content Installer Power Toys. This upload fixes a few small...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 11/16/2005

Managed Satellite DLLs for Extensibility

As you may know, some extensibility (both Add-in and VSIP Packages) features now support storing...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 11/11/2005

Command Bar Types – Part 2

A few weeks back, I had a posting about how to use the new MRU button list command type when calling...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 10/20/2005

One thing that I forgot to mention is that the newly updated Content Host web site template now has...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 10/12/2005

Updated content installer power toys

I have uploaded new builds of the content installer power toys to the Got Dot NET workspace at...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 10/12/2005

Getting ready for PDC

Next week starts the PDC, and I will be there. So if you know who I am stop by and say hello, and if...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 09/09/2005

The new command bar types, part 1

I have had a few questions about how to use the new command bar types available to Add-ins. These...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 09/09/2005

Community Content Web Starter Kit

I have uploaded a new tool to the Content Installer Power Toys web site – the Community Content Web...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 08/25/2005

A use for the IntelliPoint software

Usually I do not install the IntelliPoint software that is in the box when you buy a Microsoft Mouse...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 08/16/2005

VS Content Installer Power Toys

The first release of the VS Content Installer Power Toys are now available. You will need a recent...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 08/12/2005

So much to write about

OK, I have been really bad in updating this blog over the past few months – the last time was...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 07/26/2005

Toys and Thanksgiving

So here we are the day after we try our best to gorge ourselves on turkey, stuffing, and many other...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 11/26/2004

Properties: How they work, why they exist

From talking with people, it appears that one area of confusion is over the use of the Properties...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 11/26/2004

How many times did you vote?

OK, this will probably be the only political posting I make, I will keep it non-partisan, but I am...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 11/02/2004

Multi-project templates

I had a comment left on my last post about enterprise templates, and it is a good time to discuss a...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 10/08/2004

Exporting and installing

In my last post, I said that I was hard at work on some new features that you will be able to use in...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 10/04/2004

I am back

It has been a while since I last wrote here, but the past couple months have been very busy. So,...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 10/04/2004

Why are there two .Addin files?

The last few days I have been meeting with 3rd party developers, helping them with their VSIP...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 07/30/2004

Remember – Services are singletons

Within the past week, services have been a big issue on two fronts. First, it was found that some...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 07/30/2004

So much to do…

I have been quite busy lately, I have been taking on many odd jobs designing and creating smaller...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 07/30/2004

Visual IL

After a lot of time spent working on my IL editor and IL project, I finally have a workable version...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 07/12/2004

Stopping the “Click here balloon”

Visual Studio 2002 and 2003 had the ability to stop a macro from running by double-clicking the...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 06/29/2004

Updates: Device Blogger and VSIP in VS 2005

Last weekend I started playing around with my “Device Blogger” project again – no...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 06/29/2004

Beta 1 and the new Template Wizard

As you probably know by now from the abundant number of postings on the issue, VS 2005 beta 1 and...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 06/29/2004

VB Parser

When working with users who want to use the code model to parse their files, the first thing they...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 06/18/2004

DeviceBlogger

Last night I was sitting in bed watching a little TV, and using my PocketPC to browse the web...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 06/16/2004

VS Blog Reader Sample, IL Projects, and a New Book

It has taken me a while, but I finally uploaded the VSBlogger Add-in to a GotDotNet workspace. You...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 06/14/2004

8 And Counting

8 years ago today was my first day at Microsoft. That was a busy week, which included graduation...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 06/03/2004

Upgrading automation code from VS 2003, and building Add-ins in the VS 2005 May Tech Preview

If you are trying to build Add-ins with the May Tech Preview of VS 2005 (the version we handed out...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 05/29/2004

TechEd Day 4 & 5

Thursday I did my interview with MSDN TV. I am not sure when it will be posted, but I will let you...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 05/29/2004

TechEd – Day 3

Two talks scheduled, two talks completed. We started the day with a “Cabana” session at...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 05/26/2004

Keep those troublesome Add-ins from loading

If you have written more than the basic hello world Add-in, you probably have run into problem where...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 05/26/2004

TechEd – Day 1 & 2

After some initial technical problems, I finally got my internet connection working in my hotel...

Author: CraigSkibo Date: 05/25/2004

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