VS is heavily based on a component model and container hierarchy of services (yes, that’s most probably where
System.ComponentModel came from…). Even though there’s no comprehensive documentation of all services available and from which contexts, every now and then I find the need to ask for services, but all I’ve got at hand is either a
Project, or just the DTE. So, how do you use the familiar System.IServiceProvider to ask for services?
The trick is to get the latest VS SDK, add a reference to
Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.dll and use the following simple code:
EnvDTE.Project project; // this is what you have at hand somehow. IServiceProvider serviceProvider = new ServiceProvider(project.DTE as Microsoft.VisualStudio.OLE.Interop.IServiceProvider); DynamicTypeService typeService = (DynamicTypeService) serviceProvider.GetService(typeof(DynamicTypeService));
ServiceProvider class in the Shell assembly provides the adapter you need to ask the DTE for services.