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Working with Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 by Marc Young, Brian Johnson, Craig Skibo

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Chapter 6. Extending the IDE with Add-Ins

You learned in Chapter 5 that macros provide a convenient way to automate tasks within Microsoft® Visual Studio®, and we encourage you to write macros first when customizing the integrated development environment (IDE). But for some purposes, such as writing commercial software, you might find that macros are a poor choice in terms of performance and protection of intellectual property. In such cases, the appropriate vehicle is an add-in, which is a compiled dynamic-link library (DLL) (providing increased protection) that runs within the IDE (providing ...

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