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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: VS Editor Font Zooming like Word

    Via http://blogs.msdn.com/saraford/archive/2005/02/14/372645.aspx "A very big thank you to Henrik Stuart for writing this VS Editor Zoom control and updating it for Whidbey. " "Just like Word’s zoom control, adjusting the value of this control will increase or decrease the font size in the Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Cool New Whidbey File Commands

    These all look pretty cool and I really like what Gaston did earlier for the VS 2003 file tab commands . Enjoy - Josh In the context menu of the project we have: Collapse all projects Open Project Folder Visual Command Prompt Here In the context menu of the text views we have: Demo Font Additionally...
  • Blog Post: Xaml Viewer for Whidbey

    Gaston Milano posted a VSIP based Xaml viewer for Whidbey . "Features: Right click in xaml files to call to the viewer. Switch from viewer to associated file Show errors in output window and task list, so you can go to the line with double click. Call the viewer directly from View\Other Windows\Xaml...
  • 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: Add all of Safari’s book Content to your Help in VS 2005

    The Quote: Safari’s Visual Studio Help Integration (VSHI) tool lets you search across Safari’s online repository of over 2000 technical titles to find exactly the example or code fragment you need to answer the question at hand. Best of all, these results are delivered to you from within Visual Studio...
  • 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: 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: 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: ASP.Net Version Switcher

    Via Rob I found the ASP.Net Version switcher. Rob claims to use it at least once a day. - Josh From the Official Site: http://www.denisbauer.com/NETTools/ASPNETVersionSwitcher.aspx The ASP.NET Version Switcher is a little utility that can be used to quickly switch the .NET Framework version that...
  • Blog Post: Class Browsing for .NET components with Reflector = High Praise

    This one has been getting a lot of praise lately... The official site says : “Reflector is a class browser for .NET components. It supports assembly and namespace views, type and member search, C# XML documentation viewer, call and callee graphs, IL disassembler, VB and C# decompiler, dependency...
  • Blog Post: Add #Region Macro

    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 name, then inserts #region and #endregion statements...
  • 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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