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Add-Ins

  • Bill Sempf
  • Donald Xie
  • James Greenwood
  • Rob Harrop
  • Colt Kwong
  • Jan Machacek
  • Brian Bischof
  • Jon Reid
  • Kunal Cheda

Abstract

Now we will continue our examination of how to customize the Visual Studio .NET environment by looking at add-ins. Visual Studio add-ins are similar to Visual Studio macros, which will be covered in detail in the next chapter, but they differ from them in several ways:
  • Macros are primarily intended for automating repetitive tasks that can be accomplished by a series of commands. Add-ins, on the other hand, can be used for a wide variety of general purposes, including tasks that cannot be accomplished by any sequence of existing Visual Studio .NET commands, for example, calling the COM library of a non-Microsoft source code configuration tool to check in your project, or carrying out some other task specific to your development environment.

  • Add-ins can be seamlessly integrated into Visual Studio .NET menus so that they look like built-in commands.

  • Macros have a simple structure and can be stored in a text file; add-ins are compiled binaries that can be written in any Visual Studio .NET language.

  • As compiled binaries, add-ins can be distributed as a commercial product without their source code being revealed.

Keywords

Sample Code Automation Model Visual Studio Menu Item Output Window 
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© Bill Sempf, Donald Xie, James Greenwood, Rob Harrop, Colt Kwong, Jan Machacek, Brian Bischof, Jon Reid, and Kunal Cheda 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bill Sempf
  • Donald Xie
  • James Greenwood
  • Rob Harrop
  • Colt Kwong
  • Jan Machacek
  • Brian Bischof
  • Jon Reid
  • Kunal Cheda

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