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  • Blog Post: Disabling mouse wheel zoom through IEditorOptions

    One of the new features for the editor in Visual Studio 2010 is zoom, which is one of those nice things we get for free by using WPF. If you haven't played with it yet, there are two ways to zoom in an editor instance: the zoom control in the bottom margin (the one that normally reads "100 %"), and holding...
  • Blog Post: New extension: Align Assignments

    Download Align Assignments on the VS Gallery , and check out the source on github . About a month ago, a blog article about "TextMate shortcuts you should be using" came across my feed reader. The third item down on that list is "Align Assignments", which lines up successive equals signs ( = ) in...
  • Blog Post: New extension: CSS Is Less

    While browsing StackOverflow for questions about VS2010 , I came upon a question about how to make .less files open in the CSS editor . Coincidentally, I had written up an extension to do this in response to a tweet from about a month ago. Since the popularity of this has doubled (from one to two people...
  • Blog Post: Two extensions for VS2008 parity

    Over the weekend, I came upon a question on StackOverflow about how, in the new editor, you can't override the foreground color of selected text. I had actually played around with writing an extension to "fix" this awhile back, but never really got it fully working. Reading that question and the, uh...
  • Blog Post: More bug fixes

    I've had a really busy week this week (I'll hopefully be able to share more about that in the near future), so apologies that I missed my post on Monday. I'm also about to head out for a little mini-vacation tomorrow afternoon, but I decided to sneak a quick post in about a few of the recent bug fixes...
  • Blog Post: New extension: Spell Checker

    Download Spellcheck on the VS Gallery . Get the source on github . As I wrote about in my series on Markdown Mode , one of the features I've missed from vim and many other IDEs is spell check, both in normal code comments (from when I used Eclipse) and in writing plaintext or other mostly-text...
  • Blog Post: Markdown Part 3.5 - v0.1 posted on VS Gallery

    This is part of the "Markdown mode" series : Part 3 - A live tool window previewer Part 2 - Writing a classifier Part 1 - Markdown! I'm in a jolly mood, having just bought a new sofa and chair at IKEA and getting rid of my old one (it was the nastiest piece of furniture in the entire...
  • Blog Post: Bug fixes

    I took a little break from the Markdown work to fix a few bugs and annoyances in my other extensions. Go To Definition Go To Definition on github . Updated Go To Definition on VSGallery . There were two known issues with this one. The first was reported by a user, Craig Gidney, who...
  • Blog Post: Markdown Part 3 - A Live Tool Window Previewer

    This is part of the "Markdown mode" series : Part 2 - Writing a classifier Part 1 - Markdown! Well, this part ended up being both easier and considerably harder than I expected, depending on how you look at it. First, the obligatory screenshot: Easy stuff! So the...
  • Blog Post: New extension: Fix Mixed Tabs

    Download this extension on the Visual Studio Gallery, or search for it in the Visual Studio Extension Manager! A couple months back, I started work on a new extension. At the time, I was working with another person on a small side project, and one of the constant annoyances in sharing code was that...
  • Blog Post: Markdown Part 2 - Writing a Classifier

    Note: I started writing this about two months ago, and a lot has changed since then. Jeff Atwood released a C# port of the Markdown script (well, a cleaned up version of another C# port of a PHP port, to be exact) called MarkdownSharp (it's on google code here ). This saved me the trouble of porting...
  • Blog Post: Markdown!

    For awhile I've been searching for a better workflow for writing my blog. Using the community server interface online interface is pretty awful, though even good online interfaces aren't that great. You can't really overestimate the value of using the editor you are familiar with for writing more than...
  • Blog Post: What's new for extenders in Beta 2?

    If you are reading this, I'm sure there is a decent chance that you've either already used Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 or at least read about some of the new features. For those of you interested in writing extensions for VS, I wanted to share a couple of updates around editor extensibility, particularly...
  • Blog Post: Gradient Selection

    We've heard a few comments/complaints about how the gradient selection has been removed in Beta 2, both as an option and as the default selection color. Since it's come up so many times, I figured you could all use an explanation as to why we did it (effectively, scrolling performance and UX ). ...
  • Blog Post: Updated extensions for Beta 2

    I've updated all my extensions for Beta 2. Here are descriptions of the changes, as well as links to the source for each on github and the extension on VS Gallery. GoToDef GoToDef v1.2 on github GoToDef on vsgallery This was the only one that was somewhat substantial. There were essentially...
  • Blog Post: Beta 2!

    Beta 2 was officially released today (to MSDN subscribers; the general public comes a little bit later in the week). Also of interest, Rico wrote a pretty long blog post about some of the new features, with nice props to the new editor. His whole history of visual studio series has been pretty interesting...
  • Blog Post: Code for ItalicComments and GoToDef extensions

    Thanks to Fiona and Tim for being all managerial and figuring out the licensing story for extensions that I've written, you can now find the code I've written for both the ItalicComments and GoToDef extensions. I've placed them both under my new github account, so please fork them to your (collective...
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