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Visual Studio IDE Architecture

The topics in this section describe Visual Studio and its integrated development environment (IDE), and introduce strategies and techniques for extending the IDE.

Visual Studio IDE Concepts

Describes Visual Studio and the IDE, and how to create and use VSPackages and services.


VSPackages extend the IDE by providing UI elements, services, projects, editors, and designers.


A service is a contract between two VSPackages. One VSPackage offers a specific set of interfaces for another VSPackage to consume.

Releasing a Visual Studio Integration Product

Shows how to release a Visual Studio integration product.

Extending Visual Studio Overview

Introduces the Visual Studio SDK and discusses how to build products that run in and extend the Visual Studio IDE.