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    Visual Studio 2005 beta cleanup tool

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    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...
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    CodeXchange Snippet Sharing Community for Visual Studio

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    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...
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    If you use Regular Expressions, you need to check out this Regex Builder tool

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    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...
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    Check out VisualStudioHacks.Com

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    Via James Well, it is finally ready to go. VisualStudioHacks.com is the companion site for Visual Studio Hacks, but I also want it to serve as a great resource in on it's own. On this site I plan on posting information about add-ins, macros, and...
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    Happy Birthday to our Friends @ SharpToolbox

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    Fabrice has been aggregating all sorts of Developer productivity enhancing tools for just over two years now and I wanted to say thanks for all the hard work and Happy Birthday! Via Fabrice : SharpToolbox is two years old Two years ago, I started collecting...
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    Go Back Visual Studio Add-in

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    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...
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    VBCommenter 1.2.5 FINAL Released for Adding XML Comments to VB.Net

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    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...
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    Read Blogs Without Leaving Visual Studio

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    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...
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    VS Editor Font Zooming like Word

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    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...
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    Automatic Build Dependencies (ABD) add-in for VC project in .Net 2003

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    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...
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    Codehound - Developer Search Engine with VS Add-In

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    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...
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    Cool New Whidbey File Commands

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    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...
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    MaxiVista: More than Just a Good Product Name

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    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)...
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    ColorPicker .Net: When a product does what the name suggests

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    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...
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    "Hello Computer"; A Visual Studio add-in for Programming by Voice

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    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...
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    C# Programmable Calculator

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    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...
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    BuildOne to Make Builds More Efficient

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    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,...
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    XML Visualizer for Visual Studio .NET 2003

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    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...
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    WSCF 0.4 "Web services Contract-First, for real"

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    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...
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    Free Visual Studio Partner Product DVD

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    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...
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    Poor Man's Bracket Matching Macro

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    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...
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    CodeShare Addin for your Enterprise

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    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...
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    MZ-Tools 4.0 the "all-in-one" add-in for VS .Net 2002 and 2003

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    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...
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    DevMetrics 2.0 Released: Software Metrics for C#

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    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...
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    Process Explorer from Sysinternals

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    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...
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