From a VSIP Package 2003 to VSIP Package 2005
I was converting some 2003 packages today so I gotta enumerate the most common tasks that you should do if you wanna do the same.
1- Delete all Microsoft.* references in your project.
2- Be sure to change the References Path (Project/Properties/References Path) from VS 2003 to VS 2005.
3- Add References to the new interop assemblies, in general you need references to:
- Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell ( In this assembly there are almost every class that was in the VSIP.Helper )
4- A lot of errors are because some needed class reorganization.
Constants in NativeMethods are migrated to Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.VsConstants
So I recommend you for example to find all NativeMethods.S_OK and replace for VsConstants.S_OK, etc
Calls to Win32 api that were in NativeMethods where moved to Microsoft.VisualStudio.Win32Methods,
for example NativeMethods.SetParent --> Microsoft.VisualStudio.Win32Methods.SetParent
5 - Be careful because the signature of InstalledProductRegistration changed. Idem for ProvideToolWindow.
6- You may consider to use ToolWindowPane (From the Managed Package Framework) as base of your toolwindows, an Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Package as base of your Package.
7- As you probably know the way to handle commands in packages, toolwindows, editors in VSIP 2003 is by implementing IOleCommandTarget (QueryStatus and Exec), well in VSIP 2005 there is a newer elegant way to handle commands using OleMenuCommandService (you can see how to use it in the samples). The problem here is that convert this is not just change a name or a reference. So in this point you have to refactor the probably big case of your querystatus and exec methods.
Obviously there are more things but if you change these 7 points you have your work almost done.
Hope this help.