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  • Blog Post: WDriven - Use Word Templates to Integrate with TFS Server

    WDriven is a Microsoft WORD document template integrated with Microsoft Team Foundation Server. It enables you to communicate and collaborate on Visual Studio 2005 Team System projects from within Microsoft Word. Through VSTS Smart Tags, you can add/edit/track work items. Tables of Items gives you...
  • Blog Post: PureText 2.0 to cut out pasting to notepad

    I downloaded this time-saving utility after reading about it in Duncan Mackenzie's blog (Removing Word's Formatting from text before pasting into .Text or other apps...). I put applications on a two-week probation period before choosing to keep them or not, but this one was an instant winner. Like Michael...
  • Blog Post: HelpStudio Lite to Author Help Content in VS 2005

    From the MSDN Forums... The VS 2005 SDK contains a new tool for authoring Help and integrating it with VS 2005. The tool is called HelpStudio Lite. It is lightweight version of the full HelpStudio product, developed by Innovasys . HelpStudio Lite is recommended for anyone extending VS 2005 - for...
  • Blog Post: FlashControl to add Flash in Asp.Net 2.0

    From the mailbag... FlashControl is a simple way to include Flash movies in your ASP.NET 2.0 projects ! This free server control can be added in Visual Studio 2005 Toolbox so you can just drag and drop it in your aspx pages. FlashControl manage all Flash properties (FlashVars, Loop, Menu, Scale, BgColor...
  • Blog Post: Treemap Visual View of Hard Drive Contents

    Not exactly developer related, but I was having a lot of fun just seeing what's taking up so much of the space on my laptop this Holiday season. This tool is great for doing just that and a little bit of early spring cleaning. http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview/
  • Blog Post: PageMethods: Well-defined URLs for your ASP.NET sites and applications

    Via Fabrice PageMethods for Visual Studio 2005 has just been released. This version offers the same support as the version for VS 2003, plus some additional features. PageMethods proposes a new code model that enables well-defined URLs and simplifies working with hyperlinks for your ASP.NET sites...
  • Blog Post: RE: Paint.NET, the open source MS Paint killer

    Not exactly developer related, but this is the best free lightweight imaging tool I've found. I've been using it for the last year, but this post on download squad reminded me that I should post it here. Josh [Via Download Squad ] Okay, it doesn't take much to be an "MS Paint...
  • Blog Post: Right Click -> New Microsoft Visual Studio Solution

    Via Robin Curry File this one under “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Peter Provost created a ShellNew extension for Visual Studio Solutions to allow you to right click and add a new solution to any folder without the heavy-handed way Visual Studio does it. Nice! Install Instructions: http...
  • Blog Post: Snippy - Edit and Create VS 2005 Code Snippets

    Via VS Editor Team: We have released a new powertoy Snippy . It is a Code Snippet editor that will allow you to create new code snippets or modify existing ones. Please let us know if you have any problems installing or using it. There are two versions posted, one for the Beta2 version of the .NET...
  • Blog Post: Windows Clippings 1.0 for Cleaner Screen Grabs

    Kenny Ker recently posted a tool that generates window screen grabs with JUST the window and none of the background for the window . Getting ‘clean’ images of these windows can be hard if the background does not match whatever color you will be rendering the image onto. Inevitably you need to position...
  • Blog Post: VS 2005 Wish - Use MSBuild for VC++ Projects without VCBuild???

    This blog has been pretty quite of late and I would attribute that to many tool vendors ramping up plans around the upcoming release of VS 2005. We at Microsoft are no exception. In the last few days I've heard of numerous "aftermarket solutions"/powertoys that I know you guys are going to love that...
  • Blog Post: gotdotnet CodeGallery for ongoing Sample Sharing and Development

    Via Korby I am proud to announce the public release of CodeGallery , the newest member of the gotdotnet family. Gotdotnet.com is the community website where professional Windows and .NET developers from around the world can contribute and consume code samples, snippets, scripts, and developer tools...
  • Blog Post: VS Content Installer Power Toys

    Via Craig The first release of the VS Content Installer Power Toys are now available. You will need a recent build of VS (I tested with the August CTP, but the July version may also work) to use these tools. Remember, they are still a beta build, so not everything will work as expected. But here is...
  • Blog Post: VC++ Powertoys from GDN

    I don't know how I missed these, but there exists a collection of VC++ powertoys on the GDN site. The full descriptions are found in this document , but I've copied them down here as well. Name - Description Delta - Watch a directory (either local or remote) and see when items in it get changed. FindDir...
  • Blog Post: Merge Multiple .NET Assemblies into One with ILMerge

    Someone from MSR forwarded me the link to ILMerge. It lets you combine multiple assemblies into one without opening up the source code. Enjoy - josh From the ILMerge Site ILMerge is a utility that can be used to merge multiple .NET assemblies into a single assembly. It is freely available...
  • Blog Post: RE: ASP.NET Development Helper

    From the Powertoys mailbag. This is a cool IE add-on that adds some helpfull information to IE when you are debugging your web apps. - josh A few weeks ago, I got a question about the WebResources feature not doing its expected client-caching as described. It turns out the application was in debug...
  • Blog Post: Snippet Editor for VB.NET 2005

    This is pretty cool. Add your own customized snippets to the VS. 2005 snippet Library. I'm just waiting for someone to download the source from the workspace and put these snippets into RSS feeds to be consumed in VS from blogs. :-) josh The .NET team has released a snippet editor for Visual Basic...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 beta cleanup tool

    Need to spread the word about this. - josh Wow, did you know that there is a Visual Studio 2005 cleanup tool that is suppossed to help cleanup any types of leftover "stuff" from a previous install of a beta or CTP of Visual Studio 2005? I just ran across this on Aaron Stebner's blog . Thank you...
  • Blog Post: Codehound - Developer Search Engine with VS Add-In

    Via jtobler "Another great source-code finding search engine is Codehound . For DotNetters, Codehound also offers a nifty free code-finding VisualStudio.NET Add-in." Check it out @ http://www.codehound.com/ The addin simply lets you search for the selected text in the editor by opening a web browser...
  • Blog Post: MaxiVista: More than Just a Good Product Name

    So I've been trying out MaxiVista for a few weeks now and have some impressions that you may or may not consider a review. If you don't know... Maxivista is software that creates an additional monitor for your machine by using a second PC (or laptop) and making your primary PC think that it has a second...
  • Blog Post: ColorPicker .Net: When a product does what the name suggests

    I recently spent a good deal of time redesigning the look of my blog . At the time when I was trying to pick colors I was either randomly setting the HEX for RGB and refreshing the page or opening up mspaint only to use the color picker. Of course this meant going through the extra step to convert the...
  • Blog Post: C# Programmable Calculator

    This one comes from Eric through the mailbag: http://www.personalmicrocosms.com/html/cspcalc.html " If you like Reverse Polish Notation (RPN) calculators and you like to program in C#, use C# Programmable Calculator to create custom functions using your favorite programming language. C# Programmable...
  • Blog Post: Process Explorer from Sysinternals

    I guess I never listed the Sysinternals tools here because I sort of assumed that even if you have been living under a rock while writing code you've been making use of these utilities. One of my favorites has always been the Process Explorer . It's also the one that prompted Herman to send me the following...
  • Blog Post: Beyond Google... Koders.com - Open Source Code Search Engine

    Found Via DotNetBoy ... www.koders.com - Open Source Code Search Engine You'll want to be careful about how you leverage the results you get in any project, but I love the concept. Google for code that searches nothing but code. I entered "RSS" and searched against C# as a language and found code that...
  • Blog Post: Zanebug: Unit Testing With Cool Perf Analysis

    Via Adapdev.com: Zanebug is an advanced unit testing application for .NET. It supports existing NUnit tests, performance metrics, multiple test iterations, in-depth error information, pass / fail stats, perfmon integration, result graphing, etc. Web Site: http://www.adapdev.org/zanebug Screenshots: http...
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