Some time, back I created a web search plug-in for Visual Studio, so that I can search the web (mainly sites like StackOverflow, CodeProject, MSDN etc) in a non intrusive way, with out leaving the IDE.
You can install Vingy from the Visual Studio Gallery here
Searching with Vingy is pretty straight forward. You can initiate a Search in two ways.
- By typing the text in the Vingy search box and pressing ‘Enter’ or by clicking the ‘Go’ button
- By highlighting some text in the editor when you type in Visual Studio, and then pressing Ctrl + 1
See this link for usage details
Going Open Source
Today, I’ve decided to open source Vingy, so that you can also hack it and bend it as you like. You can find the source code at http://vingy.codeplex.com/. It is a very minimal example of creating a Visual Studio Package, using the Visual Studio SDK.
You need to download and install VS SDK 2010 from here
The Visual Studio 2010 SDK provides tools and templates for building Visual Studio extensions. By using the Visual Studio 2010 SDK, you can build your own tool windows, create menu commands, and add extensions to the new Visual Studio editor and other features.
Once you install the SDK, you should be able to grab the source code from the above codeplex link and open it. You may also read more about building VS Extensions here.
Vingy is pretty minimal as of now, how ever, If you are interested in contributing to the project, you are more than welcome. Let me know your Codeplex ID, or send me the modified code. A couple of feature requests can be seen here in the comments section.