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Use a sample or start from scratch
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Add tools and languages
Start small, then add extensions
Create new project types in Visual Studio to help other developers use your programming, or introduce new frameworks for existing languages. Once you’ve built a good project foundation, add tool windows, menu bars, Roslyn Analyzers, and more to make it a complete development experience.
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