First of all, I'm a big fan of TexNicCenter. I hope this suggestion is not meant to make any offensive to the current version.
I have been using TexNicCenter over 5 years. I have seen a lot of changes and improvement. However, the shell such as toolbars, editors, and syntax coloring usually has a number of bugs.
So, I was always thinking of the possibility of using Visual Studio as a shell of the future of TexNicCenter.
Since Visual Studio 2008, VS IDE can be customized as an IDE for other tools:
Because TexNicCenter (written in MFC/VC++) is similar to Visual Studio, it would be much more robust if VS IDE serves as an IDE for TexNicCenter. For example, a structure of solution and files are just the same. Each document has a tree of several components that resembles class information of the source file. Of course, compiling and showing error are exactly the same. Finally, syntax coloring is also key part in VS.
I am not an expert on Visual Studio extension or its IDE. And, it would be an extremely significant change because VS IDE is working on .NET. I currently have no idea whether VS is suitable for the purpose of TexNicCenter.
However, it'd be valuable to research the potentials of using more robust toolkit as a framework for TexNicCenter.
I may happily join for the development (I'm a C++ programmer) if version 3.0 or higher would use VS IDE.
Thanks for reading my opinion.
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