Introducing Visual Studio Extensions

Introducing Visual Studio Extensions

In addition to the editor, the Visual Studio 2010 IDE introduces a new WPF-based shell. Many core user interface features are now WPF-based, including menus, window layouts, toolbars, start page, and so forth.

Even if you’ve never developed any applications for use within Visual Studio, it is important to know that the SDK tooling has significantly improved, paving the way for a much richer Visual Studio ecosystem.

Gone are the days of requesting a package load key or a shell load key to develop Visual Studio applications. No more having to make modifications to the registry to install a Visual Studio plug-in.

The goals of this chapter are twofold: to provide a basic overview ...

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