I'm using an adobe extension for Dreamweaver but it's out of date and the person that created it is not maintaining it any more. I would like to recreate it but I don't know how to get started. What tools would I need to create an extension that I can package as a .mxp file and enable through Adobe Extension manager?
This is an old list (from 2006 I believe) I found but might contain helpful information, not sure if all the links work or not and I hope some of it will be updated when you go to the pages. Hopefully this can provide a starting point. Also check out the Adobe Forums (where this info came from)
Danilo Celic has prepared a list ( below ) of helpful links for those interested in learning how to create extensions.
MX04: Help > Extensions > Extending Dreamweaver and Help > Extensions > API Reference and Help > Extensions > Creating and Submitting
tutorials: You can try Colm Gallaghers step by step tutorial on how to make a simple Dreamweaver Object extension. http://www.dwfaq.com/Tutorials/Extensions/simple_object.asp
http://www.dmxzone.com/showDetail.asp?TypeId=28&NewsId=5059 (20 page tutorial - commercial)
livedocs as well: http://livedocs.macromedia.com/dreamweaver/mx2004/index.html
Dreamweaver MX 2004 SDK (includes MXI format for DWMX 2004): http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?view=sn121&extid. ..
MXI File Format for DWMX 2004: http://download.macromedia.com/pub/dw_exchange/mxi_file_format.pdf
MXI File format for DWMX and earlier: http://download.macromedia.com/pub/dw_exchange/mxi_file_format.pdf
Books (dedicated): Building Dreamweaver 4 and Dreamweaver UltraDev 4 Extension Tom Muck and Ray West http://basic-ultradev.com/building_extensions/index.asp
Dreamweaver MX Extensions Laura Gutman http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0735711828/qid=10686781. ..
Covers extending: Dreamweaver MX The Complete Reference Ray West and Tom Muck http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0072195142/basicultradev-20
Dreamweaver MX 2004 The Complete Reference Ray West and Tom Muck http://dwteam.com/tcr/
Beyond Dreamweaver Joseph Lowrey http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0789727404/qid=10686785. ..
Plus, always good to see what others have done. Visit the Exchange and look at as many as you can: http://www.macromedia.com/exchange/
Lists of DW extension developer sites: http://www.dwfaq.com/Resources/Extensions/default.asp http://www.felixone.it/extensions/mext.asp
Danilo also writes for: http://www.communitymx.com/ He has a few extension related articles there (commercial site).