Pablo Galiano blogs about Visual Studio 10 extensibility and provides samples

Pablo Galiano, from Clarius, has produced some nice content explaining the Visual Studio 10 extensibility, which is based on the notion of VSIX, and also uses a lot MEF.

 

He gives some links MEF, and presents the Microsoft.VisualStudio.ComponentModelHost

MEF and VS10 beta 1

VS 10 beta 1 extensibility model (Part 1)

VS 10 beta 1 extensibility model (Part 2)

 

He explains why the F5 experience (Debug or Run without debugging) is much quicker than in VS2008, based on the notion of extensions, and details the Extensions folders, and registry hive

VS10 beta 1 - the Microsoft.VsSDK.targets revisited

VS10 beta 1 - User extensions versus Trusted extensions

VS10 beta 1 - No more Devenv /Setup

VS10 beta 1 How do I hide an extension

Deploying a VSIX as a trusted extension

VS10 beta 1 The registry hives

 

He explains how the VSIX manifest has counterparts in the new project dialog

VS 10 beta 1 The new project dialog

 

He explains that the exact same mechanism is used both by the F5 experience and the deployment

VSIX deployment

Deploying a VSIX from a MSI (using Wix)

 

Many of you will be relieved to know that there is no longer any PLK

VS10 beta 1- No more PLKs

 

Pablo finally explains how MEF can be used to extend packages.

VS 10 beta 1 Exporting MEF parts from a VS Package (part 1)

VS 10 beta 1 Exporting MEF parts from a VS Package (part 2)

VS 10 beta 1 Exporting MEF parts from a VS Package (part 3)

 

 

He also created a new site in the Code Gallery (http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/VS10XSamples) that he uses to centralize all the samples he has been creating.