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    Building a Better Notepad with Notepad2.exe

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    I had to add this one since it's making the rounds. The official site for Notepad2 has this to say: The original Notepad shipped with Windows is probably the handiest program of all times, small, fast, without frills! Notepad2 tries to follow this...
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    Creating a Help Collection Using the Help Integration Wizard Beta

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    Via Robert I discovered the Help Integration Wizard. From Roberts Post: A team at Microsoft had FINALLY made it dirt-simple to create an integrated VS.NET help collection, without making it ridiculously convoluted, aka the VSHIK. They laughed...
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    AssemblyToVisio - Visio 2003 UML diagram generator

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    Sent to me ( Josh ) from one of our Microsoft consultants.... http://www.gotdotnet.com/Community/UserSamples/Details.aspx?SampleGuid=375f1eea-c60c-4cbe-ac12-1335899c6566 AssemblyToVisio - Visio 2003 UML diagram generator This tool fulfills the...
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    Add #Region Macro

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    Another macro from Devhawk allows you to quickly add your own regions to code. From his site: http://www.devhawk.net/art_addregion.aspx In order to make it easier to create regions in my code, I wrote this macro. It asks the developer for a region...
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    Set IDE to Demo Mode Fonts

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    Via Devhawk comes a macro to set the editor fonts to and from a preset demo mode size and font combo. Private Sub SetEditorFonts( ByVal size As Integer , ByVal family As String , ByVal bold As Boolean ) Dim Props As Properties Props = DTE.Properties(...
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    How to Use Macro Code

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    To use the macro code you find here you'll want to copy it to the clipboard and follow these steps. Getting the macro into Visual Studio .Net Open Visual Studio .Net Use the menu to view Tools->Macros->Macro Explorer or Alt-F8 with most...
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    Share and Find Code Snippets with CodeSwap

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    UPDATE: Only works with VS 2002. I think this kind of thing is pretty cool. The CodeSwap tool lets you easily share and find code snippets for use right from the VS .Net IDE. I hope they release a version that compliments the new snippet features in...
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    Write an Add-In or a Macro and Win!

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    Roy has organized a coding contest challenging you to build and submit the coolest Add-In or Macro you can for Visual Studio. I suggest watching Craig's webcast and getting started! Here is a look at the current prizes for a bit of motivation. [UPDATE...
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    Fiddler for HTTP Debugging Issues

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    Another tool found it's way into my inbox today from Eric Lawrence- “ Need to monitor or modify HTTP traffic? Try Fiddler .” From the site: http://www.fiddlertool.com/fiddler/ Fiddler is a HTTP Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP...
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    Code Template Add-In for Code Expansions in VS .NET 2003

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    Eddie sent this one my way for posting. With this Add-In you can define keywords that will be expanded out to the code chunks you've attatched to those keywords. From the site : http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/CodeTemplateNET.asp Code<Template>...
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    IL Language Service for VS

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    This package provides syntax highlighting for IL files in the Visual Studio .NET text editor. Its source is also a very simple example of a language service that uses the VSIP Babel library. Note that it doesn't have Intellisense support right now, so...
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    ConfigBuilder Visual Studio Custom Code Generation Tool

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    Our first submission comes from John Lewicki. Thanks! From his comments: Some of you may be interested in a tool I recently posted to Workspaces, that is intended to make working with custom configuration sections as painless as possible. Workspace...
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    Resource Editor for VS.NET 2003 made with VSIP Extras!

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    Check out this Resource Editor made with the VSIPExtras by Gaston . Features listed from the site include: Integrated on Visual Studio .NET 2003 Edit .resx and .resources files Explore resources in .dll and .exe files, then for example, you...
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    Easy File Finder Add-In for VS 2003

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    Until you get to use the swanky new Whidbey UI for navigating your solution you might find this add-in helpfull. JWPayne posted about it first here on the GDN powertoys forum . From his post: VS File Finder creates a new tool window in the IDE that...
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    Create C# Code Snippets with Snippy

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    Gus wrote a tool that works with Visual Studio 2005 to create code snippets (aka code expansions). He calls it Snippy . Now I have this image of a smug paper clip offering me some code as I walk by. Josh
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    Command Prompt Bar for CMD.EXE Inside the Windows Explorer

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    If you love your command prompt or wondered what life would be like without the “CMDHere.exe” XP Powertoy then you really should check out the Command Prompt Explorer Bar . Now, if I can get Pavel to join the VSCMDShell project I'd be set...
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    SlickRun to define "MagicWords" for fast app launching

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    Via Roy I found SlickRun which sets up a semi-transparent textbox on top of my taskbar for me to quickly define and enter shortcut words for launching apps from a command line. Pretty Cool. Josh
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    Welcome to the Powertoys Blog

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    In June 2003 Visual Studio team members worked to release the first set of Powertoys for Visual Studio 2003 . There have since been several requests for us to start featuring add-ins, packages, macros, and other tools developed by the community on that...
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    Submit a Tool

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    If you have, or know of a tool, that you would like us to talk about on this site feel free to leave a comment here with a link and description for your favorite tool or use the contact form for our blog. We reserve the right not to link to your tool...
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    Welcome to the Powertoys Blog

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    In June 2003 Visual Studio team members worked to release the first set of Powertoys for Visual Studio 2003 . There have since been several requests for us to start featuring add-ins, packages, macros, and other tools developed by the community on that...
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    The Powertoys Disclaimer

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    These postings are provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The content and any opinions expressed through this site are the personal opinions of the team members who posted them and do not necessarily represent Microsoft's views in...
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    Hello World Test Post

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    This blog will have something to do with http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/ide and the extensibility developer center.
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