Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Creating Visual Studio Extensions

If you are interested in creating re-usable templates for Visual Studio, you can create these templates quite readily through the help of the Visual Studio SDK and the Export Template Wizard.

Using the Export Template wizard, you will actually be provided with the option to Export a Template as a VSIX file.

Generally, when you Export a Template from the Visual Studio File menu, it simply exports a template as a .zip file which must be manually placed in a Template directory of your choosing.

However, while using VSIX files, you can actually produce an installable template which can be integrated with Visual Studio.

Here is an MSDN article describing one method of creating Visual Studio extensions using the Export Template wizard:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff728614.aspx

You can download the Visual Studio 2010 SP1 SDK from here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=21835
You can download the Export Template Wizard from here: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/57320b20-34a2-42e4-b97e-e615c71aca24/

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