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  1. Visual Studio: Extending Visual Studio With Add-ins And Packages Philip Taylor ptaylor@microsoft.com TLN404 Program Manager, Visual Studio 2005 SDK Microsoft Corporation

  2. Why Come To This Session? • Visual Studio Extensibility lets you write and add custom tools like • Custom help systems • New languages • New editors • Tool windows • Extensibility fits the tool to the process and not the other way around • Upon completing this session, attendees will have followed the steps for a complete tool window package that extends Visual Studio

  3. Pre-Requirements • Must code • Be familiar with • General use of Visual Studio • COM and C++, or .NET Framework • Automation models in general • Nice to understand • Visual Studio automation model

  4. Agenda • Extensibility Overview • Demo:Writing a ToolWindow • Visual Studio 2005 SDK

  5. Packages Cost of integration Level of integration Add-Ins Macros VS User Customization Visual Studio ExtensibilityOptions for Extending Visual Studio Developer Reach

  6. Extensibility MapHow to Choose

  7. Macros • The Visual Studio automation object model contains >140 objects, allowing control of the IDE from a solution level all the way to a single parameter of a single function • Macros can leverage nearly all of the features of the .NET Framework, as well as most of the automation model • Macros accessed via Tools|Macros • Macros have some limitations • Macros can only be written in the Visual Basic language • Macros cannot be used to implement new tool windows, commands, Tools Options pages

  8. Add-ins • Customize, automate, and extend VS • Provide new VS features • User manageable • Simple to build • Add-in creation wizard • Build in any language which supports COM • Leverage rich Visual Studio object model • Available to all Visual Studio.NET developers • Extensive coverage of VS features

  9. Add-in Features And Limitations • Simple registration using XML ( no more COM registration ) • Unlike macros, Add-ins can implement new tool windows, commands, Tools Options pages • However, Add-ins cannot implement new document types, new project types, new debug engines, etc. which require a package

  10. ToolWindow Demo:Visual Studio UI Elements

  11. ToolWindow Add-in Craig Skibo Software Design Engineer Visual Studio

  12. Packages • Deepest possible integration with VS • Add functionality seamlessly with VS integration packages • Rich access to common shell features • Plus full access to the automation model • Add new features to Visual Studio for • IDE, Debugger, Source Control, Data Sources, etc

  13. Programs And Tools For Package Development • Visual Studio Industry Partner ( VSIP ) program to provide marketing and business support • 1 Free level: Affiliate • 2 Paid levels: Alliance and Premier • Visual Studio 2005 SDK to provide developer tool for package development • Downloads free after brief registration process

  14. Package Extensibility Points • IDE • Project systems, Languages, Editors, ToolWindows, • .NET Designers, Menus and Commands, Toolbox Integration, Tools Options Page, Property Browser • Help Integration, Setup and Deployment • Debugger • Custom Debug Engine • Expression Evaluators • Type Visualizers • Source Control • Project systems enabled to participate in source control • Source Control Provider ( Plug-in or Package ) • Data Sources • Design-time Data Source Drag-n-Drop • Data Source Provider • And More

  15. Package Architecture • Visual Studio 2005 is the platform • Native Interfaces provide extensibility points • Interop Assemblies enable managed code access Your Native Package Your Managed Package or MPF 8.0 Interop Assemblies Native Interfaces Visual Studio 2005 • SDK Provides • Native Interface IDLs • Interop Assemblies • Samples, Doc, templates, etc • Package Wizard

  16. Programming Model • Features added to IDE via VsPackage interface • Logical unit of extensibility consisting of • CoCreate-able COM object - IVsPackage;Initial object created and sited by IDE • Other supporting COM objects • Interactions between IDE and Packages abstracted via COM interfaces • Same architecture is used for MS built features as well as 3rd party extensions! • Package development only available with Visual Studio 2005 SDK installs

  17. Delayed Loading • Fundamental principle • Delay loading code until functionality is needed • Package exposes registry info about functionality so IDE knows when to load it • Registry info enables features to be exposed in UI without loading Package code • Local registry enables multiple SxS versions HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Visual Studio/7.0 ( Visual Studio 2002 ) HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Visual Studio/7.1 ( Visual Studio 2003 ) HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Visual Studio/8.0 ( Visual Studio 2005 ) We call this a “registry hive” • Delayed Loading also helps Visual Studio load performance

  18. IDE Services • Interface contract implemented by a single COM object • Functionality built into the IDE is exposed through Services • Packages can expose new services • Packages can consume functionality from others via Services

  19. IDE Services

  20. Demo DetailsToolWindow with custom Todo List • All 10 Steps, as separate solutions, available at • On Conference DVD • On MSDN dev center http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/extend/ • Custom “todo list” ToolWindow originally published at • http://dotnet.sys-con.com/read/105646_1.htm • Available as article+code • Future article will enhance sample to participate in Visual Studio task list

  21. Demo DetailsToolWindow with custom Todo List • 10 Steps ( 0-9 ) • 0:Run Wizard • 1:Update Wizard Files • 2:Add Todo List UI • 3:Add EventHandler • 4:Add Toolbar • CTC • Resource IDs • Toolbar constructor • 5:Add AddTask dialog form • Add Winform • Set Form properties • 6:Wire up properties in AddTask dialog • 7:Wire up Toolbar button and AddTask method • 8:Static accessor and save package instance • 9:Add delegate+event, EventArgs subclass, event handler, and update AddTask method

  22. ToolWindow Package Philip Taylor Program Manager, VS Extensibility Visual Studio

  23. Visual Studio 2005 SDK • Key Concepts • Development Plan • Release Plan • Community Plan

  24. Key Concepts • Experimental Hive • The SDK creates the separate registry hive to do prototyping work • Samples auto-register in Experimental Hive • The new SDK enables a “reset all” for the experimental hive • DLK and PLK • Developers use the Developer License Key, provided with the SDK • Shipping requires Package Load Key • available from http://www.vsipdev.com/plkregister.aspx • Setup and Deployment • Final product needs to author a setup and deployment project that handles: • Presenting your company EULA • Install • Registration

  25. SDK RTM Features • Reorganized SDK layout and samples • 8 New Reference Implementations • Package, Service, Menu and Commands, ToolWindow • Both Managed and Native versions • Updated Debugger sample • Managed Resources enabled for Managed Packages • CTC file colorizing • Updated Wizard • Using Reference Implementations as basis • Significantly updated Help Documentation • 1st public viewing in Sept preview

  26. Package Sample Source

  27. Sample CTC Files

  28. SDK Release Plan • Goal is Trimester releases • With monthly previews • July and August already available: http://www.vsipdev.com/downloads • On target for Nov 2005 RTM with Visual Studio 2005 • Release schedule possible with Agile methodology

  29. SDK Community Plan • Available Now • Re-vamped download page • New VS SDK Previews as well as “Archive” VSIP SDK • Monthly sprint backlogs and monthly reviews • Transparency into SDK planning process • See: http://www.vsipdev.com/downloads • In Process • Web site for Community developed sample content • MVPs for forums and newsgroups • Post long-term backlog and enable community feedback • The community feedback will be incorporated as part of the weighting used by the SDK team to decide priorities

  30. Community Resources • At PDC • For more information, go see • Labs: TLNHOL16 Visual Studio Add-ins • Labs: TLNHOL01 Visual Studio Packages • Labs: TLNHOL14 Customizing Templates and Starter Kits • Tools and Languages Track lounge: Team will be there • After PDC • If you missed this related session, watch it on the DVD • TLN404: Visual Studio Extensibility • MSDN dev center: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/extend/ • MSDN Forum: http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=57 • Downloads: http://www.vsipdev.com/downloads

  31. Call To Action • Explore Extensibility Hands-on Labs • Labs: TLNHOL16 Visual Studio Add-ins • Labs: TLNHOL01 Visual Studio Packages • Labs: TLNHOL14 Customizing Templates and Starter Kits • Work thru the sample Code for demo • Build your own extensibility solutions • Give us feedback on the new SDK!

  32. Q&A • ?

  33. © 2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. This presentation is for informational purposes only. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, in this summary.

  34. Appendix

  35. Demo Details:ToolWindow with custom Todo List • All 10 Steps, as separate solutions, available at: • On Conference DVD • on MSDN dev center: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/extend/ • Custom “todo list” ToolWindow originally published at: • http://dotnet.sys-con.com/read/105646_1.htm • Available as article+code • Future article will enhance sample to participate in Visual Studio task list

  36. Step 0:Generate the ProjectRun the wizard • Update Wizard Settings • Pick toolwindow only • Name PDCToolWindow • cmdidPDCToolWindow

  37. Step 0:Generate the Project Run the wizard

  38. Step 1:Update Wizard FilesRename files • Rename • Vspkg.cs to PDCToolWindowPackage.cs • My tool window.cs to PDCToolWindow.cs • Mycontrol.cs to PDCToolWindowClientarea.cs

  39. Step 1:Update Wizard Files Solution Files • Solution: Tasklist Sample • Project: Tasklist SampleGuids.cs - Contains a list of all GUIDs you generate.Key.snk ` - The key file for signing your assembly.My Tool Window.cs - Subclass of ToolWindowPane. Provides your Tool Window.MyControl.cs - Contains the UI for your Tool Window.PkgCmdID.cs - Contains a list of all Command IDs you generate.ResourcesId.cs - Contains a list of Resource IDs you generate.VsPkg.cs - This is your Package for Visual Studio. This is the heart of your code. Project: Tasklist SampleUIGuids.h - Native equivalent of Guids.cs.PkgCmdID.h - Native equivalent of PkgCmdID.cs.Resource.h - Native equivalent of ResourcesId.cs.Images_24bit.bmp - Provides 24-bit images (true color, with one color used to specify transparency) for use as your tool window icon, and other purposes.Images_32bit.bmp - Provides 32-bit images (true color, with an 8-bit alpha channel) for use in your menu item and in the tool bar we'll add to your tool window.Package.ico - Branding for use in the Help.About dialog.PkgCmd.ctc - Your CommandTable Compiler file. This specifies all of the commands you'll use, and where they appear. We'll go over this soon.Tasklist SampleUI.rc - Native resource file used for specifying your package's icon, output from the CTC compiler, bitmaps, and so forth.

  40. Step 1:Update Wizard Files Solution rename screenshot

  41. Step 2:Add ToolWindow UIAdd the TaskList UI Controls • Open PDCToolWindowClientarea.cs • Delete the button • Add the layout panel ( update properties ) • Columncount=1 • Dock=fill • Add the text box ( update properties ) • Name=txtNewTask • Anchor=top,left,right • Margin=0,0,0,0 • Add listview ( update properties ) • Name=lvwTasks • Anchor=t,b,l,r • Checkboxes=true • Columns • Name=chDescriptin • Text=Description • Name = chPriority • Text = Priority • Fullrowselect=true • Groups, header name=User Tasks • Show groups=true • View=details

  42. Step 2:Add ToolWindow UI TaskList UI InDesigner

  43. Step 3:Text Entry HandlingAdd the event handler • Open PDCToolWindowClientarea.cs and view code • To txtNewTask, using flash button, for KeyDown event • Add private void txtNewTask_KeyDown(object sender, KeyEventArgs e) { if (e.KeyCode == Keys.Enter) { string newItem = txtNewTask.Text.Trim(); if (newItem == string.Empty) return; AddTask(newItem); txtNewTask.Text = string.Empty; e.Handled = true; } } private void AddTask(string text) { ListViewItem item = new ListViewItem(text); item.Group = lvwTasks.Groups[0]; lvwTasks.Items.Add(item); }

  44. Step 3:Text Entry HandlingAdd the Event Handler

  45. Step 4:Add Menus and ButtonsAdd toolbar to ctc file • Open PkgCmd.ctc file • Add MENUS_BEGIN guidPDCToolWindowCmdSet:ToolbarMenu,/* == Menu */ guidPDCToolWindowCmdSet:ToolbarMenu,/* == Relative to Group*/ 0x0100,/* == Priority */ TOOLWINDOWTOOLBAR, /* == Menu Type*/ "Toolbar"; /* == Text*/ MENUS_END NEWGROUPS_BEGIN guidPDCToolWindowCmdSet:ToolbarMenuGroup, /* == New Group */ guidPDCToolWindowCmdSet:ToolbarMenu, /* == Parent Group*/ 0x0100; /* == Priority */ NEWGROUPS_END BUTTONS_BEGIN guidPDCToolWindowCmdSet:cmdidAddTask, /* == Command */ guidPDCToolWindowCmdSet:ToolbarMenuGroup, /* == Parent Group */ 0x0100, /* == Priority */ guidPDCToolWindowCmdSet:bmpPic2, /* == Image */ BUTTON, /* == Button Type */ , /* == Visibility */ "Add Task"; /* == Text */ BUTTONS_END

  46. Step 4:Add Menus and Buttons Add toolbar to ctc file

  47. Step 4:Menus and Buttons Add toolbar, PkgCmd-ID.h file • Add #define ToolbarMenu 0x1000 #define ToolbarMenuGroup 0x1100 #define cmdidAddTask 0x110

  48. Step 4:Add Menus and Buttons Add toolbar, PkgCmdID.h file

  49. Step 4:Menus and Buttons Add toolbar, PkgCmdID.cs file • Add public const int cmdidAddTask = 0x110; public const int ToolbarMenu = 0x1000; public const int ToolbarMenuGroup = 0x1100;

  50. Step 4:Add Menus and Buttons Add toolbar, PkgCmdID.cs file