Microsoft has invested heavily in Visual Studio .NET extensibility. This is an important part of Visual Studio .NET because it lets customers easily tailor the tool to their personal working style and enables them to accommodate team practices. You can simply capture several steps in a regular process (for example, for check-ins, creating new projects or forms, or updating code) and make that process available as a single command to invoke. Independent software vendors (ISVs) can implement entirely new features (including groupware, profiling tools, work flow, or life-cycle tools) that fit into Visual Studio .NET 2003 as seamlessly as if they were built into the shipping Visual Studio .NET product.
These code samples show you how to build VSMacros projects, add–ins, and wizards to make your teams more productive and to bend Visual Studio .NET 2003 to the ways you like to work. Look for more samples, as well as some white papers and overview documents, in the future.
All of these samples use the Visual Studio automation model, which is free and publicly distributed with Visual Studio .NET 2003. The Visual Studio .NET automation model is four to five times richer and more powerful than any automation model that shipped with a previous version of Visual Studio.