Dynamic Menu Commands in Visual Studio Packages – Part 1

As I get further into my DBML Fixup project, I’m learning more and more about Visual Studio Extensibility (VSX). Along the way, I have found multiple blogs which have helped me to learn a lot more than I would than just stepping through the documentation. (Those blogs are now listed on the sidebar.) The one I find especially helpful for beginners like me is DiveDeeper, whose LearnVSXNow tutorials are great stepping stones in learning the basics of VSX Packages. He currently has 14 tutorials, the first of which is located here. Although his blog is very helpful for learning about how to work with menu commands, he hasn’t (yet?) delved into making them dynamic. I needed to do this for my project, so I had to "dive deeper," as it were.

In this series of posts I’m going to focus on three ways to make menu commands dynamic—that is, how to make menu commands invisible or disabled in certain contexts, but visible and enabled in others. Two of these ways I found through some experimentation. Consequently, I’m not sure whether these represent VSX best practices, so if anyone has any more input, it would be greatly appreciated. With that said, let’s get started.