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Sunday, August 28, 2011

DEV312 Getting the most from Visual Studio using Managed Extensibility Framework

Owen Evans
Apologies that this post is fairly nonsensical. I've put my raw NZ TechEd 2011 notes up here for my reference. I'd like to think that I'll refine them over time, but that probably won't be the case.
Managed Extensibility Framework
 Standards for exposing yourself
 Open/Closed Principal
 It's all so Meta

Part
 Anything that can be imported or exported from a project

ComposablePart
 The basic part of MEF

CompositionContainer
 IOC concept
 Ask for and instance of a class

A framework for creating extensible applications
Puts focus on discovery or parts at run time

MEF is NOT IoC
IOC is about knowing what dependencies satisfy given classes and allowing the class to hand this requirement off.

Visual Studio 2010 editor extensibility is built through MEF.

Install the Visual Studio SDK

VSIX Extension - How it gets packaged up for install

Tips

TIP -  
> File.CloseAllButThis
> File.CopyFullPaths
> Tools.GoToCommandLine

TIP - Ctrl+Shift+A - Add Dialog

TIP - Ctrl+, (comma) Navigate To - search by string for methods and classes

TIP - Ctrl+\, D - View CodeDefinitionWindow

TIP - Intellisense will match on CamelCase. E.g. CC

TIP - Insert TracePoint

Off Topic Portal ringtone "Hello, is anyone there"

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