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  • Blog Post: Consolas - a New Font for the Visual Studio 2005 Editor

    Consolas, a cleartype font designed specifically for to make code more readable is now available for download for users of Visual Studio 2005 from the Microsoft Download Center . Consolas is intended for use in programming environments and other circumstances where a monospaced font is specified....
  • Blog Post: First set of Power Toys for Visual Studio released by the Developer Solutions team

    Check out the Developer Solutions team's blog for the latest information on Power Toys for Visual Studio. MSBee MSBee is an addition to MSBuild that allows you to build managed apps in VS 2005 that target .NET 1.1. Download MSBuild Extras – Toolkit for .NET 1.1 “MSBee” Beta 1 Managed Stack...
  • 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: 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: 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: If you use Regular Expressions, you need to check out this Regex Builder tool

    One of my coworkers in Visual Studio has created this really cool tool for creating and testing Regular Expressions. I’ve just recently started using .NET Regular Expressions in my Editor testing, so take my word for it that this tool greatly helps with writing regular expressions. Overview for the...
  • 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: Guidelines – a hidden feature for the Visual Studio Editor

    By popular request ... Guidelines are visible column indicators for the VS Editor. For more info on how to enable them, check out http://blogs.msdn.com/saraford/archive/2004/11/15/257953.aspx Note: I've spent lots of cycles testing these on Visual Studio 2005 Beta. I've done very limited tested on Visual...
  • Blog Post: NUnit & VS Integration Macro (Via Rido)

    Rido sent me mail about this macro this morning. "I've written a macro that sets the project configuration options to a NUnit Test project, so you can debug without "Attach to a process". I think you could add it to your Macro list: " Check it out: http://blogs.msdn.com/rido/archive/2004/09/10/NUnitVSMacro...
  • Blog Post: Regular Expression Language Service

    At TechEd the VS Extensibility team held a “feature cook-off” where the audience was given choices of new features and the team had to code them live in 45 minutes. One of the features chosen was a VS language service that recognized regular expressions and colored them according to a...
  • Blog Post: Bootstrapper Manifest Generator

    The Bootstrapper Manifest Generator was created to make it easier to create custom packages for Components (PreRequisites) in Visual Studio 2005 (Beta 1). One of the powerful aspects of the Generic Bootstrapper that is built into Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Frameworks Software Development Kit...
  • Blog Post: IAccessible Implementation Sample for a Custom Push Button Published!

    Fiona, one of the devs on my team VSCore, has put together a really nice sample on how to implement IAccessible for a Custom Push Button . If you’re using standard Windows controls, you get MSAA implemented for free. However, if you’re using custom drawn controls, it is imperative that you...
  • Blog Post: VSBlogger

    At TechEd 2004 I demoed a RSS Reader Add-in for Visual Studio. I finally packaged up the sources and made them available on GotDotNet under the name VSBlogger. It is not as full-featured as some of the other blog readers out there, but the source is available for you to play with and add any new features...
  • Blog Post: Easy Multi-Threaded Design in VS via an Add-In

    [Via Michael Harsh ] One of the prototyping guys at MS, Roland Fernandez, has created a VS.NET 2003 add-in to make multi-threaded programming easier. The premise is that you write your app just as you normally would if it was all running on the UI thread, then adorn the methods you want to run...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility Macros for Visual Studio .NET 2003

    As I demo'ed at CSUN , here are the Accessibility Macros for Visual Studio .NET 2003 . These macros allow users to tweak the Visual Studio .NET 2003 IDE by easily increasing and decreasing font size, toggling colors in the editor to pure black on white (or vice versa), and maximizing tool windows. ...
  • Blog Post: Introducing MsaaVerify - an Accessibility testing tool

    Have you ever used AccExplorer or Inspect and wondered whether the information presented was correct? Have you ever wanted to know which controls really need Names, Keyboard Shortcuts, Descriptions, and so forth ? It's time to MsaaVerify! MsaaVerify will verify 9 Microsoft Active Accessibility properties...
  • Blog Post: Get Pinvoke.Net Native Method Signatures directly into Visual Studio

    I know I suggest that everything is cool, but this is really cool IMO! Via Kevin I found this add-in that lets you search for and insert pinvoke signatures right into your code from the Pinvoke.Net web site. You can also add content to the site right from the editor! I just love the concept... there...
  • Blog Post: Add Code Wizard

    Craig made a post over at his blog, giving the location of a new toy called “Add Code Wizard”. Here is a description of the sample: http://blogs.msdn.com/craigskibo/archive/2004/04/26/120773.aspx “Visual Studio allows you to create wizards and templates for adding new projects...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Help Collection Using the Help Integration Wizard Beta

    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 and assured me that the tool would be online soon...
  • Blog Post: AssemblyToVisio - Visio 2003 UML diagram generator

    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 need that arises when one wants to update his/her...
  • Blog Post: Create C# Code Snippets with Snippy

    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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