Mini-Guide: Visual Studio Tools for Applications

VSTA brings the familiarity of Visual Basic for Applications into the .NET Framework. This Mini-Guide introduces the technology and offers tips for getting started with it.

Visual Studio Tools for Applications

Not to be confused with Vista, Visual Studio Tools for Applications, or VSTA, represents the next generation of the much-loved Visual Basic for Applications. VSTA targets independent software vendors who build Office- and Windows-centric applications and is slated for release with Office 2007. This Mini-Guide offers an introduction to the technology and webcasts and tips to help you get started with VSTA.


FEATURED ARTICLE: VSTA to support macro recordings but will work with .NET objects

At the Professional Developers Conference 2005, Microsoft continued to expand its array of Office tools with the surprise announcement of Visual Studio Tools for Applications, or VSTA.

 The tool has many similarities to Microsoft's Visual Studio Tools for Office product, but VSTA is aimed at independent software vendors (ISVs).

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Announcing Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Applications CTP (KD Hallman)
Getting started with VSTA (Norm Estabrook)
Commentary: VSTA is not VBA's replacement (yet) (Ty Anderson)
The VSTA blog (MSDN)
VSTA: What is an add-in? (Paul Stubbs)
External Process Debugging in VSTA (Jackson Davis)
PDC05 Webcast: Building Customizable Applications with VSTA (MSDN)
PDC05 Webcast: The Managed Add-in Framework and VSTA (MSDN)
ISV Touchdown Web Seminar: Overview of VSTA (Microsoft)
Podcast: Interview with Eric Schnepp about VSTA (Microsoft)
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