Getting Started with Debugger Extensibility
The Visual Studio SDK provides the information that you must have to create and customize debugger components used to debug programs from within the Visual Studio environment.
Visual Studio debugging has added improvements derived from the extensive usability testing performed on previous Visual Studio debuggers. You can use Visual Studio debugging to step through a multi-language application, or you can implement on-the-fly editing of variables while debugging applications and multi-language solutions.
Visual Studio debugging is executed out-of-process with the program being debugged and is therefore less intrusive in the process space of the application. Consequently, it is easier to write components that interact with the debugger without affecting your debugging program.
To best use the Visual Studio SDK, you should be familiar with the following:
The Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE)
The C++ programming language