If you've been following along in this chapter, you probably have ideas for…building your own add-ins and custom tools for Visual Studio.…How do you distribute those to other developers?…The best way is to use a special installer, known as V-S-I-X, or VSIX.…You can use a VSIX installer to install many Visual Studio editions, including…projects and item templates, ToolBox controls, .NET assemblies, and even…custom start pages.…A VSIX is nothing more than a compressed file that contains your compiled code…and some special files: a content type XML file and a VSIX manifest.…
Let me show you how to create a VSIX installer.…I have a Solution called CustomVSIXInstaller opened, which has a project in it…called LyndaCustomBizTemplate.…So this thing that I'm going to install today is a project template.…You might remember from earlier movies that you can export your own templates by…going to File > Export.…You're going to choose to export a Project template. And then here, we're going…to give this template a little bit of a more interesting description, like that.…
- Creating a Visual Studio project
- Building the user interface
- Binding to an RSS feed
- Coding with IntelliSense
- Creating rich Internet applications with Silverlight
- Building Windows applications with Windows Forms
- Integrating with SQL Server
- Working with Microsoft Office applications
- Understanding extensibility in Visual Studio
- Working with data, ADO.NET and datasets
- Using source control
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Which edition of Visual Studio 2010 do I need to follow along in this course?
A: The course is taught with Visual Studio 2010 Professional, but can also be used with the Premium or Ultimate editions. The Express editions of Visual Studio, including Visual Basic 2010 Express, Visual C# 2010 Express, and Visual C++ Express, are not covered in this course.
Q: I'm attempting to download the exercise files for this course, and my virus protection is blocking me from unzipping the downloaded file. Are the files corrupted?
A: The alert is a false-positive message. Your antivirus software is detecting the active code included in the exercise files, which in some ways resembles viral code. There is nothing to be alarmed about and you can ignore the warning. This is common among coding courses and environments.
1. Getting Started
2. Exploring the Visual Studio Workspace (IDE)
3. Building a Simple Application
4. Exploring the Code Editors
5. Working with Code
6. Understanding the Project Types
7. Digging Into Your Data
8. Debugging Your Application
9. Testing Your Application
10. Deploying Your Application
11. Working with Source Control
12. Integrating with Microsoft Office Applications
Making an Excel 2010 add-in5m 21s
13. Extending Visual Studio
14. Configuring Your Application
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