This course is aimed at developers who use Visual Studio and want to learn how to extend it. You will learn how to write code that interacts with Visual Studio. The techniques covered include editor extensions, diagramming extensions, add-ins and packages. Familiarity with the VSIX format, the Visual Studio SDK, and the DTE object model (all covered in "Customizing and Extending Visual Studio 2010 Without Code") provide the background needed for this course.
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.