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  • Blog Post: Free Wizard to Create C# Typed Collections in VS 2003

    Via the mailbag… We used something similar to this tool when making our automation libraries for Whidbey. It comes in handy when you work with lots of collections. Page: http://www.geekproject.com/tools.aspx#9 Description This is a wizard for C# in Visual Studio .NET 2003 which creates...
  • 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: 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: 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: CR_Documentor - Another Code Documentation Utility

    Via Paraesthesia Lutz Roeder, a fantastic developer of ultra-helpful tools, took his "Documentor" application - which allowed a developer to preview what XML document comments would look like rendered into end-user documentation - down from his site. He was nice enough to send me the source for...
  • Blog Post: QuickdocViewer Add-In for XML Comment Viewing

    Via the mailbag I discovered a tool that's pretty complimentary to the VBCommenter . The Quickdoc Viewer is an add-in module for the Microsoft Visual Studio.net IDE which offers a simple WYSIWYG XML to HTML previewer for XML based documentation comments. According to the author the main motivation for...
  • 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: 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: DPack 2.2.0 - Global Bookmarks, Improved Code Browsing, Code Stats, etc

    Via TECHQUICK My buddy Sergey has released a new update to DPack . Here’s what’s new and changed in this release: Added global bookmarks option to Numbered Bookmarks feature. Global bookmarks work on the whole solution as oppose to individual files, and allow one to quickly navigate from...
  • Blog Post: CodeXchange Snippet Sharing Community for Visual Studio

    I really believe good rich client interfaces to online communities are going to be big. Why should you have to leave Visual Studio to share code with other developers? Why should you have to browse to a web page just to download a code snippet. There have been a couple of these add-in/site combinations...
  • 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: Automatic Build Dependencies (ABD) add-in for VC project in .Net 2003

    Another mailbag entry from Lionel. "I just put together an add-in for visual studio 2003 that sets automatically build dependencies for all VC projects in the current solution. It also has the option to generate Build Dependencies Graphs. " http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/AutoBuildDependencies.asp
  • 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: "Hello Computer"; A Visual Studio add-in for Programming by Voice

    Not sure how useful this is in practice. I have a hard enough time getting voice recognition to work in normal applications let alone using it to write code in Visual Studio, but who could resist giving this experimental add-in a try. Personally I'd prefer a way to hook up voice to Visual Studio commands...
  • Blog Post: BuildOne to Make Builds More Efficient

    Just got mail about this add-in. Looks like a good time saver if you work with large multi-project solutions that reference each other. "While developing a large product with VS .NET, I couldn't help but notice that as the Solution larger and larger, my compile time eventually reached 3 minutes (Yikes...
  • 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: WSCF 0.4 "Web services Contract-First, for real"

    We featured the WsContractFirst Add-In in an earlier post , but Christian let me know they have a much improved release of WSCF now. Check out the walkthrough for complete details . New Features in v0.4 (compared to v0.3): WSDL creation wizard Abstracts away WSDL details. WSDL conforms to WS-I BP 1.0...
  • Blog Post: Free Visual Studio Partner Product DVD

    I should have covered this a long time ago, but I was reminded today by Brian that we offer a free VSIP partner product DVD . I can't tell from the site which ones are the full versions and which ones are only demos, but it doesn't cost much to find out. More Details: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio...
  • Blog Post: Poor Man's Bracket Matching Macro

    David sent me mail about his " Poor Man's Bracket Matching Macro ". (Click link for Macro Code) From his site: "I usually assign it to CTRL + 9 key combination. Now, go to your source and put caret before or after any bracket. Press CTRL + 9. Matching bracket should appear bold for a second or two, just...
  • Blog Post: CodeShare Addin for your Enterprise

    Nauman sent me mail about his latest VS Addin that can be used to share code snippets across your internal enterprise. It looks pretty cool. - Josh Official Article: http://weblogs.asp.net/nleghari/articles/codeshareaddin.aspx "With this new plugin and setup instruction, you can share source code from...
  • Blog Post: MZ-Tools 4.0 the "all-in-one" add-in for VS .Net 2002 and 2003

    Via The Daily Grind " MZ-Tools 4.0 for Visual Studio .NET - I used MZ-Tools for VB6; it's a great set of add-ins. I hadn't realized that there was a version for VB .NET with such features as fast control name editing, some refactoring, private clipboards, autosave, an extensibility API, and much more...
  • Blog Post: DevMetrics 2.0 Released: Software Metrics for C#

    Dan, from Anticipating Minds, let me know that they have recently released version 2.0 of the tool we covered in June . For a bit of shameless self promotion I've included his mail in this post: "In May 2004, Anticipating Minds released devMetrics a free C# software metrics tool for Visual Studio .NET...
  • 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...
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