Writing Add-Ins for Visual Studio .NET
Visual Studio .NET is the most extensible development environment Microsoft has released to date. Organizations create add-ins for many purposes: to speed common tasks, to ease code reuse within an organization, and to enforce rules and consistency among developers. Effective use of add-ins can dramatically improve developer efficiency and reduce costs.
Writing Add-Ins for Visual Studio .NET is designed to get add-in developers up to speed in developing ad-ins in Visual Studio .NET and to teach add-in development to developers who want to learn to write add-ins. Author Les Smith also provides enough real code examples to challenge even experienced add-in developers.
Smith’s book begins by teaching readers how to use the Add-In Wizard to create the basic add-in framework. From there, he covers the manipulation of code in windows and controls, and the manipulation of projects. Writing Add-Ins for Visual Studio .NETexplores in detail, how to create an add-in user interface, including toolbars, toolbar buttons, and multiple-level menus, as well as how to create a user interface in the system tray. Smith also addresses the migration of add-ins from VB 6.0 to VB .NET for those developers who have previous experience in writing add-ins.
One of the great challenges that add-in developers will encounter is finding the right classes from among the 3,400 classes in the .NET Framework. Smith teaches and demonstrates use of the Visual Studio add-in object model to show readers how to use the methods and properties and respond to events in order to enhance the power of the integrated development environment (IDE).
Chapter 1: What Is an Add-in?
Chapter 2: Getting Started with the Add-in Wizard
Chapter 3: The Smart Desktop Add-in
Chapter 4: Debugging an Add-in
Chapter 5: Manipulating Code in Windows
Chapter 6: Manipulating Controls on Forms
Chapter 7: The User Interface
Chapter 8: The Macro Explorer and the Macros IDE
Chapter 9: Manipulating Projects
Chapter 10: Multiple Languages in Add-ins
Chapter 11: Handling Automation Events
Chapter 12: Putting It Together: Let’s Build a Real Add-in
Chapter 13: Migrating VB 6.0 Add-ins to .NET
Appendix A Extensibility Objects
Appendix B Quick Reference: How Do I ...?