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Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2010 Developer’s Handbook by Klaus Löffelmann and Sarika Calla Purohit

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Extending Visual Studio

IDE extensibility is one of the most powerful features introduced in Visual Studio 2010. The WPF architecture has led to easily extensible hooks in Visual Studio UI elements. As an example, the Start Page and the IntelliSense window can easily be customized to suit individual needs. New refactorings are easy to add to the Visual Basic Editor. In fact, there are numerous free extensions available online, including the Pro Power Pack Tools released by Microsoft. The Start Page includes several useful links in the section Extending Visual Studio. Because creating extensions is a community activity, you need to be aware that extensions can conflict with each other.

Managing Visual Studio Extensions

With a large number of extensions ...

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