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writing add-ins for visual studio .net
Writing Add-Ins for Visual Studio .NET
byLes Smith ISBN:1590590260
Apress 2002 (523 pages)

Designed to get the experienced add-in developer up to speed in developing add-ins in Visual Studio .NET very quickly, this text also provides enough real code examples to challenge experienced add-in developers.

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Table of Contents
Writing Add-ins for Visual Studio .NET
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 ?
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Code Examples


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Back Cover

  • Contains complete, practical, usable add-in code in every chapter
  • Includes many reusable add-in code methods, as well as quick-reference “how to” examples
  • Author is the developer of major commercial VB 6.0 add-ins, including VBCommander and VBXref2000, and has 30+ years of experience in operating systems and application development

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 add-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 .NET explores, 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 greatest 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).

About the Author

Les Smith is an independent consultant specializing in the development of Visual Basic .NET and ASP.NET applications. He is the president of HHI Software, Inc., and he develops tools for developers using Visual Studio. He has been developing add-ins since the release of Visual Basic 4.0 and has been developing applications in Visual Basic for over 12 years. Prior to his PC development experience, which included the use of C and Clipper, he had 20 years of experience in the development of mainframe operating systems for a major mainframe manufacturer. Smith also managed several large development projects, both on mainframes and PCs.

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