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Customized Visual Studio .NET package: your fully integrated document window inside the IDE

, 20 Dec 2003
Create a fully integrated document window inside the Visual Studio IDE.
General:
1. Solution files are provided for VS .NET & .NET 2003. 
	Solution files for Visual studio .NET 2003 have ".2003" extensions.
2. The source code can be built with two optional preprocessor derectives:
	_BASIC_WINDOW_ - eliminates all Document/View logic and enables for simplified functionality.
	_NO_TRACE_ - eliminates all diagnostic messages.



Installation:

customized bined.dll supplied in .\debug directory


1. Find original bined.dll (it is usually found in Visual Studio root directory under "\Vc7\vcpackages")
 and rename it "orig-bined.dll". Also, it is a good idea to back up a copy of original "bined.dll"
 in some other safe place before you start doing anything.
2. Copy a custom package DLL into the aforementioned directory and name it "bined.dll".
 According to the settings in my workspace, the resultant file will be copied into
 "C:\Program Files\Microsoft VisualStudio .Net\Vc7\Vcpackages" on the "post build event",
 so probably you will need to change it to reflect your machine's settings.
3. To associate a file extension with bined.dll you will need to change the system registry.
 Under the following key: 
 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\7.0\Editors\{25834150-CD7E-11D0-92DF-00A0C9138C45}\Extensions]
 (for Visual 2002)
 and/or
 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\7.1\Editors\{25834150-CD7E-11D0-92DF-00A0C9138C45}\Extensions]
 (for Visual 2003)
 add a DWORD value set to 0x32. The name of the value is the same as a file extension that you are going to use.
 For example: value name = xyz, type = DWORD, Data = 0x32. Now the custom package will be loaded into the IDE
 if a file having extension "xyz" is dragged into the Visual Studio IDE or opened through the standard "Open file" dialog.
  
Note 1: this does not associate your files with Visual Studio when using Windows Explorer! 
Note 2: my custom package is using only a ".bine" extension and the use is hard-coded.
 To change this you will need to modify a little the implementation of
 CVsEditorFactory::CreateEditorInstance method.

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Michael Sheinin
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United States United States
For the last 7 years I have developed software in real-time/embedded and MS-Windows environments for military and civil markets. I hold B.Sc. degree in computer engineering. Living in Ontario, Canada, I like hiking and traveling in general. Currently, I'm looking for employment opportunity inside the GTA.

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