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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, Third Edition by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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An Overview of the Automation Object Model

The automation object model is a structured class library with a top-level root object called DTE (or DTE2; more on this in a bit), which stands for Development Tools Environment. By referencing the assembly that defines the DTE/DTE2 types, you can write code that instances this root object and use its members and child classes to access the IDE components.

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