About the ArcGIS Toolbox Reference dialog box

This document was published with and applies to ArcGIS 9.3.
A 10 version also exists. A 9.2 version also exists.
Summary The ArcGIS Toolbox Reference dialog box, as part of the ArcGIS Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) Integration Framework, allows you to create a managed assembly for a custom ArcGIS toolbox, with one class representing each geoprocessing tool in the toolbox. You can then use these classes to set up and run geoprocessing tools.

Additional Requirements
  • ArcGIS Visual Studio IDE Integration Framework for Visual Studio 2005 or 2008.

Toolbox and assembly options

To open the ArcGIS Toolbox Reference dialog box, select ArcGIS Toolbox Reference from the Project menu. Alternatively, right-click the Project node in the Solution Explorer (you can also right-click the References node). See the following screen shot:
The following explains the toolbox and assembly options in the dialog box:
If you have not selected the Delay Sign check box, the keyfile should contain a public and private key pair. Otherwise, the keyfile only needs to contain the public key of the key pair and must be fully signed at a later stage. For more information about signing and delay signing assemblies, see Programming with Assemblies on the MSDN Web site.
Once the managed assembly for the custom ArcGIS toolbox is generated and added as a reference to your project, you can start writing .NET code to use the classes that have been mapped to the appropriate geoprocessing tools defined in the toolbox file. The created geoprocessing classes will be used in conjunction with the geoprocessor class in the managed ESRI.ArcGIS.Geoprocessor Namespace assembly. For more information, see Getting started with geoprocessing.

See Also:

ESRI.ArcGIS.Geoprocessor Namespace
Getting started with geoprocessing
Overview: ArcGIS Visual Studio IDE Integration Framework
About the Add ArcGIS Reference dialog box