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Visual Basic 2010 Unleashed by Alessandro Del Sole

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Building a Visual Studio Package

The goal of this introductory chapter on the Visual Studio extensibility is showing how you create and deploy a Visual Studio Package. Basically Visual Studio is made of packages. Each package represents a working unit. For example, the toolbox is a package; Solution Explorer is another package, and so on. You can extend Visual Studio by building custom integration packages. There are different kinds of integration packages, such as tool windows, menus, wizards, and languages. The big difference between a package and an add-in is that a package can add completely new tools and features to the IDE, whereas add-ins typically extend existing features in the IDE with other features. In the next code example you ...

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