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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Professional Visual Studio Extensibility

From the Back Cover
Professional Visual Studio Extensibility

Are you ready to extend the capabilities of Visual Studio to become more efficient and productive? Whether you want to integrate optimized builds, enhanced programming tools, or other rapid application development features, this unique resource shows you how to develop customized extensions. It not only covers the Visual Studio IDE but also provides you with an excellent reference when coding add-ins, macros, and extensions.

After a quick introduction of basic concepts, this book delves into the automation model and add-in development with the help of a case study, numerous examples, and sample code. You’ll discover how to take advantage of the Add-in Wizard, manipulate solutions and projects, work with text in documents and programming code, create Tool Options Pages, and more. Next you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of specific extensibility options including the Visual Studio Shell and Domain-Specific Languages Tools. After that, you will learn how to integrate your own functionality with Visual Studio with the help of VSPackage. You’ll then be able to apply your knowledge to other extensibility points covered in different chapters, including debugger type proxies and visualizers, code snippets, templates, MSBuild, and macros to save time and money when developing applications.

What you will learn from this book

  • A quick overview of Visual Studio Shell and Domain-Specific Languages Tools
  • Techniques for creating, debugging, testing, and deploying your add-ins
  • Ways to work with user interface elements, Windows Forms, and controls via code in your add-ins
  • Steps for extending Visual Studio functionality using VSPackages
  • Tips for writing and managing code snippets to make your coding process easier
  • Using Visual Studio templates to save time when writing code for common projects
  • How to use MSBuild to write custom builds for Visual Studio and .NET applications
  • New techniques for recording, developing, debugging, deploying, and running macros


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