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Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Unleashed by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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Chapter 10. The Visual Studio Automation Object Model

Visual Studio is built to be “extensible.” It ships with its own API to enable you, the developer, to control many of the pieces of the IDE.

The API is called the Visual Studio automation object model, and understanding its capabilities is the key to unlocking your ability to program and control the IDE itself by writing code in the form of macros and add-ins (discussed in Chapter 11, “Writing Macros, Add-Ins, and Wizards”).

In this chapter, we discuss the layout and structure of the automation object ...

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