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

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Using the Visual Studio SDK

In Chapter 15, “Extending the IDE,” we introduced the concept of VSIX projects and Visual Studio extensions. We discussed the fact that extensions are built by adding different project item types to a VSIX project. Code Editor extensions are built the same way: we add project items to a VSIX project. This means that code editor extensions also require the Visual Studio software development kit (SDK) to be installed.

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The Visual Studio SDK, generally speaking, is a collection of tools and project templates that help developers customize the IDE. The SDK is particularly germane to the topic of editor extensions because it ships with a set of project templates and code samples that help kick-start your extension ...

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