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VSIP Factory – A software factory for Visual Studio Extensibility

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 1 comment

The VSIP Factory is a software factory for creating Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) packages, which is essentially a very powerful but often daunting way of extending Visual Studio. The purpose of this project is to provide an better authoring experience of VSIP packages and VSIP components.

You can find more information about the project as well as contribute towards it by visiting the following link:

Please contact Pablo Galiano ( if you are interested in helping out with this project.


GAX and GAT – The Difference

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 Leave a comment

If you are confused with terms like GAT and GAX, this one is for you: 

The Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) expands the capabilities of Visual Studio 2005 by allowing architects and developers to run guidance packages, such as those included in Software Factories, which automate key development tasks from within the Visual Studio environment.

The Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT) is an extension to Visual Studio 2005 that allows architects to author rich, integrated user experiences for reusable assets including frameworks, components and patterns. The resulting Guidance Packages are composed of templates, wizards and recipes, which help developers build solutions in a way consistent with the architecture guidance.

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