This course is aimed at developers who use Visual Studio and want to learn how to extend it. There are many different ways to do so, and not all involve writing code. This course introduces macros, code snippets, a custom start page, and project and item templates. Emphasis is on the newer technologies including the VSIX format and the Visual Studio Gallery, but old techniques that still work in Visual Studio 2010 are included. These techniques do not require writing code that interacts with Visual Studio.
Kate Gregory is in her fourth decade of being paid to program. Her firm, Gregory Consulting Limited, is based in rural Ontario and helps clients adopt new technologies and adjust to the changing business environment. Current work makes heavy use of .NET and Visual C++ for both web and client development, especially for Windows 7 and 8. Managing, mentoring, technical writing, and technical speaking occupy much of her time, but she still writes code every week.