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  • 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: 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: Go Back Visual Studio Add-in

    http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/GoBackAddin.asp [Via .Avery Blog ] The Go Back Add-in provides a Navigate Backward functionality that is different than the normal Navigate Backward functionality. (Which does some neat things like close a file if you happened to have opened it while navigating forward...
  • Blog Post: VBCommenter 1.2.5 FINAL Released for Adding XML Comments to VB.Net

    I continue to be impressed by the people from the community that step up and make serious improvements to the VBCommenter tool. The new release , from Doug, is very impressive . Here are just some of the improvements he highlighted on his blog. Major speed improvements (mostly related to schema and XML...
  • Blog Post: Read Blogs Without Leaving Visual Studio

    Jon, the creator of SharpTools , sent me mail to let me know about his latest creation... a plugin that lets you read blogs indide the Visual Studio IDE. I've gave it a shot and I have to say that it looks pretty cool. From the site . This open source plugin ships as part of SharpTools 2.0 and is a full...
  • 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: XML Visualizer for Visual Studio .NET 2003

    Michael Bouck sent me mail about a cool "holiday project" add-in he was working on to create a visualizer for XML that you can use in VS2003. It is worth checking out and leaving some feedback for him on the workspace. Home Page: http://workspaces.gotdotnet.com/xmlviz . Description Via Project Home XML...
  • Blog Post: VBCommenter for XML Comment Generation in VS .Net 2003

    A personal entry for me. Today I reached the end of my intended roadmap and released version 1.2 of the VBCommenter addin . The VBCommenter is an addin for VS 2003 that gives you the ability to automatically generate XML comment headers in the VB .NET editor similar to what the C# editor automatically...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: VS Addin for Managing Version Information

    Via Matt Hawley : "I was reading this weeks Code Project newsletter, when I came across an updated article named Versioning Controlled Build . The description so eloquently puts it: "A Visual Studio add-in that automates AssemblyVersion control." One word, AWESOME! I downloaded the installer from the...
  • Blog Post: Make Code Comments Pretty with CommentReflower

    Ian wrote a cool VS 2003 plugin that makes comments in code more readable. From the Site: "Comment Reflower is a Visual Studio .NET 2003 Plugin to reflow the text in comments in source files to have even word wrapping. It does more than simply just wrapping all text in comment blocks. It attempts to...
  • 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: CopySourceAsHTML: Get Code into HTML without Word from the Editor

    Earlier this month I let you know about a macro that converts code to HTML for use on web pages or blog posts. Since then Colin sent me a link to his "Wordless" tool for accomplishing the same thing . The users reviews for Colin's tool are pretty positive. " This tool rocks! " - Jake "wow, yet another...
  • Blog Post: Simple Macro for Formatting Code to HTML from within VS 2003

    Via .Avery : " Code -> HTML in VS.NET - Cory comes up with a cool macro to send your code to word then back to your clipboard. Quick HTML formatting for your code." It's been a while since we've posted an interesting Macro to the Powertoys blog. This one is useful for those of you looking to put code...
  • Blog Post: Write and Execute C# Files from the Command Line with C# Script Executor

    I'll admit... I've never been a scripting junkie. I've only dabbled in perl. Even if it takes me twenty more lines of code I will struggle to put out a C# version of what I'm after. If you are like me, then this tool will probably sound good to you. From the home page: http://lyon-smith.org/downloads...
  • Blog Post: Spell Checking your Source Code

    I’m going to try something new today… a pseudo review/comparison of two similar add-ins that people recently mailed me. Please let me know if you are interested in this style more in the future or if it was even helpful. I’ll remind readers of this blog that these opinions are mine and do not form any...
  • Blog Post: Notepad++ Another Fast Notepad replacement with syntax highlighting

    We covered Notepad2.exe before, but Don sent me his " NotePad++ " application to try. The main differences I've seen between the two is that notepad2 seems to launch a little faster on my machine, but notepad++ supports a multiple document tabbed interface. I also like the bit of humor on the Notepad...
  • Blog Post: Special QuickWatch for a DataSet Add-In (A glimpse into the Visualizer Future)

    Another one I found Via Roy . Mohammed developed, what is essentially, a visualizer you can use with VS 2003 today to get a view of items in a dataset while you are debugging. Enjoy! The web site: http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/DSWatch.asp
  • Blog Post: Regions Add-In for VS.NET 2003

    I found this one submitted as an entry to the contest . It's simple, does just what it says it will do, and makes organizing larger code files with regions a whole lot easier. I was doing this recently with the VSCmdShell project and this add-in save me some time. I especially liked the "Add to Existing...
  • 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: Toggle Design and Source Windows Macro

    This one comes from Austin out of our mailbag. Thanks - Josh I got tired of using the F7, Shift-F7 key shortcuts for toggling the Design and Source code windows. So I wrote this little macro. It works a little differently for ASP.NET files. When toggling to the Design window the macro...
  • Blog Post: Codebrarian Add-in BETA Release for VS Plugins

    This looks like the start of something pretty cool if you like the concept of a plugin environment for working with VS add-ins. - Josh [Via brady gaster ] ... The goal of Codebrarian is to provide a flexible, extensible Visual Studio.NET add-in that other developers can extend as they see fit....
  • Blog Post: Send F1 Searches Online to Google with this Macro

    Marty wrote a Macro for VS that performs a google search on the current F1 keyword in the IDE. Check it out for yourself here: http://www.little-garins.com/Blogs/marty/archive/2004/06/24/171.aspx This is pretty cool, but what impressed me was the quick turnaround of ideas into reality amongst developer...
  • 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...
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