Extending Visual Studio Overview
The Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) provides the user interface (UI) for standard components, such as compilers, editors, and debuggers. Features like Visual C++ and Visual Basic that are included with Visual Studio are themselves extensions of the IDE. The Visual Studio SDK provides tools, samples, wizards, designers, and documentation that helps you develop your own applications that extend the IDE and integrate seamlessly with it.
In This Section
Getting Started with the Visual Studio SDK
Provides an overview of the Visual Studio SDK.
User Experience Guidelines for Visual Studio
Provides guidelines for creating user interfaces for Visual Studio extensions.
Managing Multiple Threads in Managed Code
Explains how to use background threads, and how to switch to the UI thread from a background thread.
Visual Studio IDE Architecture
Describes Visual Studio and its IDE, and introduces strategies and techniques for extending the IDE.
Describes how to use the VSIX format to package SDK projects. The VSIX format uses file-based deployment and does not support writing to the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) or to the system registry.
Creating a Software Development Kit
Explains how to use a VSIX project to create your own SDK.
Shell (Integrated or Isolated)
Explains how to create a custom tool that has its own integrated development environment (IDE). The Visual Studio Shell provides a hierarchal project system, integration with editors and designers, source code control, and a familiar user interface that may reduce the learning curve for end users.
Explains how to use Visual Studio services to create UI elements that match the rest of Visual Studio.
Projects and Solutions
Describes how to use Visual Studio projects and solutions to organize code files and resource files, and how to implement source control.
Reference Manager Extensibility
Explains how to extend the Reference Manager.
Describes how to extend the Visual Studio editor and how to create custom editors.
Describes how you can add support for a new programming language to Visual Studio.
Visual Studio Debugger Extensibility
Describes how you can support debugging for a custom language.
Data Designer Extensibility (DDEX) SDK
Provides documentation, samples, and resources to help you implement a DDEX provider for exposing third-party data source objects in Visual Studio.
Visual Studio Extensibility Samples
Describes how to obtain Visual Studio Extensibility samples.
Walkthroughs for Customizing Visual Studio By Using VSPackages
Describes how to create a basic VSPackage.
Visual Studio Software Development Kit (SDK)
Provides a gateway to documentation, samples, and code to help you develop products that integrate with the Visual Studio product family.
Discusses how to develop applications by using Visual Studio. Includes sections about how to extend the Visual Studio IDE by using add-ins.