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This blog is now archived. Dr. eX, resident expert on anything to do with VSX, now posts on the VSX...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 01/15/2008

Using IVsProfferCommands to retrieve a Visual Studio CommandBar

If you are an add-in developer, you are probably familiar with adding menu items and toolbar buttons...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/17/2007

Using EnableVSIPLogging to identify menus and commands with VS 2005 + SP1

One of the most frequently asked questions related to Visual Studio Package and Add-in development...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/17/2007

Visual Studio Extensibility Forum FAQ Lite

What? No email link to talk to the Doctor directly. Yes that is true the email link has been removed...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/23/2007

Where can I get assistance with my Visual Studio Extensibility issues?

Occasionally, Dr. Ex and his associates are asked where developers can get assistance with issues...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 01/22/2007

Debugging Package Load Failures

You can just picture the situation. You've coded up your package and tested it out on your...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 12/14/2006

Visual Studio Extensibility Demystified

Since we have placed the VS 2005 SDK 3.0 on the Microsoft Download Center in September, we have seen...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 11/16/2006

Visual Studio SDK 4.0 November 2006 CTP is released!!

Guess what the November 2006 CTP version of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK Version 4 has been released....

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/27/2006

Smells like VSIP…

Smells like VSIP… For a change of pace, I thought I would spend a little time talking about the VSIP...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/13/2006

From VSIP Diaries...

As many of you must have observed that you can associate a custom tool with a project item using...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/15/2006

Visual Studio 2005 SDK V3 Released

Visual Studio 2005 SDK V3 is released! It is available for download on the VSIP member site. Did I...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/15/2006

From VSIP Diaries...

The Editor Factory implementations, in MPF based VS SDK editor sample and wizard generated code,...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/31/2006

From VSIP Diaries...

The April v2 RTM is the next milestone in the VS 2005 SDK. This RTM release contains updated VS...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/17/2006

From VSIP Diaries....

How is it going guys?? Well yet another simple question came my way recently. It was about how do...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/20/2006

From VSIP Diaries....

Wish you all VS extenders a belated Merry Christmas. As usual I am a little late and my apologies...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 12/26/2005

From VSIP Diaries....

Q. How to get notifications in editor when the file is modified outside of the editor? A. You ask...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 11/01/2005

Howdy! What's up with VSA?

Hi, Firs of let me tell what I have been upto lately. I am heads down working on the cool new Visual...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/03/2005

Have you had fun with Fonts and Colors yet?

Believe me I and many others have had a tough time figuring out how to consume and extend Visual...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/03/2005

Providing upgrade support for Project systems targeting Visual Studio 2005

(This article applies strictly to Visual Studio 2005) Project Upgrade Architecture The project...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/25/2005

How do I implement VSIP commands that support arguments?

This question was recently posted on the microsoft.public.vstudio.extensibility newsgroup by our...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/16/2005

Deploying Managed VSIP Packages(Re-post)

First of all, the doctor apologizes if he has misdirected some of you with his earlier post on this...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/13/2005

Serve it up….

Did you watch the Australian Open Final? It was a great game. At the beginning I thought Hewitt had...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 01/31/2005

Best Practice for Adding Commands to Visual Studio .NET

One of the most important considerations to increase the performance of Visual Studio .NET is to...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 12/21/2004

Tool Window is closing ... Or is it really

Wow! That was a pretty long vacation for the good doctor. I know that most of you have been aching...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 11/07/2004

Opening a document in a specific editor from a ToolWindow

The doctor is back in the house after taking some well needed rest. Back to your Visual Studio...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/08/2004

Hosting Code Editor in Tool Windows

Deploying Visual Studio 2003 managed VSPackages(Reposted here) Hosting Code Editor in a ToolWindow I...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/29/2004

Visual Studio 2005 - Extensibility Test Specifications

Test Specification for VS Extensibility Have you ever wondered what we test on VSIP &...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/27/2004

I say Annotate that!!!

Fresh off the grill or should I say warmed after deep freeze? I will leave that up to you. But I...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/20/2004

How do I implement a custom Text marker?

A: Aha! Custom text markers are one of those cool features lacking adequate documentation on how to...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/09/2004

How was your TechEd 2004?

Thanks a lot to all who dropped by the Visual Studio Extensibility booth to meet n greet ‘Da...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/04/2004

Are you going to be at TechEd 2004?

Are you going to be at TechEd 2004? What would you like to have for brunch? No seriously! Doctor and...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/09/2004

How do I enable standard Visual Studio commands and accelerator keys for a Tool Window?

Alright! Alright! I know you want to be in command here. Just make sure your tool window gets agood...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/06/2004

How do I attach a specific debugger engine to a process I launch?

Hmmm! Looks like someone is feeling lonely. No seriously, this is an area where the doctor does not...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/21/2004

Catching Rename Events

"How do I trap rename file events in Solution Explorer and cancel the event if it happens?" Great...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/15/2004

No Help! How do I get it back?

As was mentioned in one of the comments on Aaron Marten's blog and in the VSIP Extras Beta...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/25/2004

How do I manipulate ToolBox Items?

Ah! I see two light bulbs lit in my big head. You can either use low cost DTE lenses or use a fairly...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/23/2004

Will I be able to write Visual Studio Packages using managed code?

Great question Olle! Great question, and timely, too. I recommend getting VSIP 2003 Extras, which...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/23/2004

How can I access the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) automation model from a VSIP Package?

With the release of the VSIP Extras, which builds on the VSIP SDK, accessing the IDE automation...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/09/2004

Who is Dr eX?

No he is not your ex silly! Its Dr Extensibility (Dr. eX). For now I am your assistant for any...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/08/2004