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Inside Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003

by: Brian Johnson, Craig Skibo, Marc Young

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Publisher: MICROSOFT PRESS,Feb-2003

Category: MS VISUAL STUDIO Level: I/A

ISBN: 0735618747
ISBN13: 9780735618749

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About the Book


  This title takes readers deep into the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET development environment to show them why the environment works as it does and how to maximize their productivity with it.


  Microsoft Visual Studio .NET is a pivotal product in the history of programming tools, since it brings together multiple languages that can interoperate in the Microsoft .NET Framework. This title offers an in-depth examination of the architecture of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET to help professional developers get the most out of its capabilities. It drills down into the Visual Studio .NET integrated development environment (IDE), code editors, application design, and project management tools. It also covers features that allow developers to use Visual Studio .NET with their favorite programming tools. By the end of this book, developers will understand what Visual Studio .NET is and how and why it works as it does, learn how to maximize their productivity with it, and know how to customize its tools and environment to suit the projects at hand.


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Table of Contents

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          Acknowledgments xv


      Introduction xvii

PART I


  VISUAL STUDIO .NET AS A DEVELOPMENT TOOL

1


The Evolution of Visual Studio .NET

3


      Moving to Visual Studio .NET

3


      Developing for .NET

4


      Unmanaged Development Enhancements

6


              New Compiler Options

7


              Updated Class Libraries

8


              C++ Attributes

9


              Standards Conformance

9


              A New IDE

10


      Visual Studio .NET Features

10


              Editors, Designers, and Tool Windows

11


              Visual Studio .NET File Paths

21


      Visual Studio .NET Extensibility

24


              Macros

24


              Add-ins

25


              Wizards

26


              The Visual Studio Integration Program (VSIP)

26

2


Project Management in Visual Studio .NET

29


      Overview of Solutions and Projects

29


      Understanding Solutions

31


              Solution Items and Miscellaneous Files

32


              Solution Properties

33


              Solution and Solution User Options Files

35


      Projects

39


              Project Items

40


              Project Properties

41


              Project Source Files

50


              Project Dependencies

56


      Building Projects and Solutions

57

3


The Visual Studio .NET Editor

59


      Documents in the IDE

59


              It's All About Text

60


              Typing and Shortcuts

63


              The Zen of Tabs and Code Formatting

70


      Syntax Coloring, Line Numbering, and Outlining (or, What the Compiler Saw)

73


              Syntax Coloring

73


              Line Numbering

77


              Outlining

79


      Programming Help

81


              IntelliSense

81


              Dynamic Help

85


      Using the Command Window

86


      Search, Replace, and Regular Expressions

88


              Wildcards

90


              Regular Expressions

92


              Searching from the Command Window

94


              Incremental Searching

95

4


Visual Studio .NET Macros

97


      Macros: The Duct Tape of Visual Studio .NET

97


              Recording Visual Studio .NET Macros

98


              Macro Commands

100


              Editing Macros in the Macros IDE

102


              A Simple Macro

105


      Working with Macros

106


              Manipulating Documents and Text

107


              Moving Windows

109


              Using Assemblies in Your Macros

112


              Macro Events

113


      Sharing Macros with Others

116


              Exporting Modules and Projects

116


              Turning Macros into Add-ins

118

PART II


EXTENDING VISUAL STUDIO .NET

5


The Add-in Wizard and the Automation Object Model

125


      The Add-in Wizard

125


              Running the Add-in Wizard

126


              The Add-in Project

127


              Installing and Loading the Add-in

134


              Debugging the Add-in

136


      The Automation Object Model

137


              Automation Objects

138


              Object Model Guidelines

139


              Automation Events

140

6


Add-in Architecture

151


      Writing an Add-in from Scratch

151


              Compiling the Basic Add-in

152


              Registering the Basic Add-in with COM

153


              Registering the Basic Add-in with Visual Studio .NET

156


      Add-in Events

158


              The Add-in Event Sequence

158


              The LifeCycle Add-in

160


      The IDTExtensibility2 Interface

162


              The EnvDTE Namespace

162


              OnConnection

163


              OnStartupComplete

165


              OnAddInsUpdate

166


              OnBeginShutdown

170


              OnDisconnection

170


      Add-in Registry Named Values

171


              CommandPreload and the PreloadAddinState Key

171


              LoadBehavior and CommandLineSafe

174


              SatelliteDLLPath and SatelliteDLLName

176


              FriendlyName and Description

178


              AboutBoxDetails and AboutBoxIcon

178

7


Commands

181


      What Is a Command?

181


              Locating Commands

182


              Command Names

183


              Executing Commands

185


              Creating Macro Commands

186


      Creating an Add-in Command

186


              Handling a Command

188


              Command State

189


              How an Add-in Command Handler Is Found

191


      The Command User Interface

191


              The Command Bar Object Model

192


              The Primary Command Bar

193


              Adding a New Command Bar User Interface

194


              Using Custom Bitmaps

196


      Restoring a Lost Command and Its User Interface 197


              devenv /setup

198


              Custom Registration

198


      Removing a Command

202


      Command Parameters

205


      Key Bindings

207

8


  Managing Solutions and Projects Programmatically

213


      Working with Solutions

213


              Creating, Loading, and Unloading Solutions

214


              Enumerating Projects

215


              Capturing Solution Events

217


              Solution Add-ins

223


      Working with Project Items

225


              Enumerating Project Items

225


              Adding and Removing Project Items

228


      Working with Language-Specific Project Objects

231


              VSProject Projects

231


      Leveraging Visual Studio .NET Utility Project Types

238


              Miscellaneous Files Project

238


              Solution Items Project

240


              Unmodeled Projects

240


      Project and Project Item Events

241


      Managing Build Configurations

243


              Manipulating Solution Settings

243


              Manipulating Project Settings

251


              Build Events

254


      Persisting Solution and Project Information Across IDE Sessions

257

9


  Visual Studio .NET Wizards

259


      An Overview of Wizards

259


              Types of Wizards

259


      Creating the Wizard Object

260


      Creating the .vsz File

264


              Where to Save .vsz Files

265


      Creating Wizard Templates

268


              Using Template Files

269


              Solution Filenames and the New Project Wizard

271


              Replacements

271


              Raw Add New Item Templates

274


      Custom Wizards

275


              Running a Custom Wizard Programmatically

276


              Chaining Custom Wizards

277


      The Wizard Helper Library

279


              Wizard Variables

283


              Wizard Helper Methods

285


              Completing the WizardBuilder Sample

285

10


  Programming the User Interface

287


      Window Basics

287


              The Windows Collection

287


              Using the Object Property

290


              The Main Window

291


      Explorer Windows and the UIHierarchy Object

293


              The UIHierarchy Object Tree

293


              The UIHierarchy Object

295


              The UIHierarchyItems Object

297


              The UIHierarchyItem Object

297


      The Toolbox Window

298


              Tabs and Items

298


              Adding Items to the Toolbox

299


      The Task List Window

303


              Task List Items

303


              Adding New Tasks

303


              The TaskItem Object

309


              Task List Events

310


              Comment Tokens

312


      The Output Window

316


              Output Window Panes

316


      The Forms Designer Window

318


              The IDesignerHost Interface

318


              Marshaling

319


              Adding Controls to a Form

319


              Finding Existing Controls

320


              A Form Layout Sample

321


      Creating Custom Tool Windows

322


              Shim Controls

325


              Setting the Tab Picture of a Custom Tool Window

329


              Setting the Selection Object

329


      The Options Dialog Box

330


              Changing Existing Settings

330


              Creating Custom Settings

335

11


  Text Editing Objects and Events

341


      Editor Windows

341


              The Window Object

342


              The TextWindow and HTMLWindow Objects

343


              The TextPane Object

345


      Documents

348


              The Document Object

348


              The TextDocument Object

353


      Point Objects

353


              TextPoint

353


              VirtualPoint

354


              EditPoint

357


              The TextSelection Object

357


              A Comparison of TextSelection and EditPoint

359


      Undo Contexts

360


              Automatic Undo Contexts

361


              Creating Undo Contexts

362


              Stack Linkage

365


      The LineChanged Event

366


              Multiple LineChanged Event Handlers

371

12


  The Code Model

375


      Discovering Code

375


              A Quick Tour Through a Source File

375


              Getting a CodeElement from a Point Object

388


      Generating Code

389


              Building a Source File

389

PART III


  DEPLOYMENT, HELP, AND ADVANCED PROJECTS

13


  Designing Setup Projects

397


      Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) Background

397


      Creating Custom Installation Projects

398


              File System Editor

399


              Registry Editor

404


              File Types Editor

411


              User Interface Editor

413


              Custom Actions

421


              Launch Conditions Editor

425


      Merge Modules

431


      Setup for .NET Programs

432

14


  Visual Studio .NET Help

441


      Navigating the Help System

441


              Help Windows

443


              Search and Index Options

444


              Narrowing Search Results

445


              Creating Custom Help Filters

446


              Searching from the Command Window

447


      Customizing the Dynamic Help Window

448


              Using the XML Help Provider Service

450


      Creating Custom Help Files

454


              Registering Your Help Collection

460

15


  Advanced Projects in Visual Studio .NET

463


      Visual Studio .NET from the Command Line

463


              Building Projects and Solutions from the Command Line

464


              Setting GUI Options at the Command Line

468


              VSIP Options

470


      Source Control with Visual SourceSafe

470


              Setting Up VSS

470


              Placing Files Under Source Control

471


              Working with Files Under Source Control

474


              Planning Your Solutions Carefully

479


              Don't Break the Build

480

APPENDIX Code Model Reference

483


      Code Model Objects

483


              FileCodeModel and CodeModel

483


              CodeElement

488


              Specialized Code Model Objects

491


      Generating Code

507


              Common Parameters

507


              Main Add Methods

509


              Other Add Methods

513


              Remove Methods

516

INDEX


  Brian Johnson, Craig Skibo, Marc Young


      Brian Johnson currently works as a technical editor at Microsoft. Previously, Brian was a columnist for Microsoft Visual J++r Informant magazine, covering Microsoft Internet technologies. He served as the technical editor for Microsoft Office and VBA Developer magazine from 1998 until 2000. Brian has been published in a number of industry magazines including MSDNr Magazine, Delphi Informant, and Delphi Developer. He's also the author of Microsoft Image Composer for Dummies. Before becoming a writer and a technical editor, Brian was a Marine Corps combat correspondent. He worked as a television reporter in Japan for the Far East Network and was a field reporter for the Armed Forces Radio and Television in support of Operation Desert Storm. Brian is a 1987 graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


  Marc Young also currently works as a technical editor at Microsoft. During his nine years there, Marc has worked with some of Microsoft Press' best authors, including Charles Petzold, Jeff Prosise, and Bruce McKinney. Marc is a 1992 graduate of The Ohio State University (with a B.S. in management information systems).


  Craig Skibo has worked at Microsoft for more than six years in the design and implementation of the programmability features of Visual Studio and Micrsoft Visual Basicr. He often travels to large industry gatherings such as the Professional Developers Conference to give speeches about the Visual Studio automation model, and he also consults with smaller, more focused groups of developers to help them learn how to use the latest technologies.