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    Visual Assist X from Whole Tomato Software

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    People send me mail that asks "What about Visual Assist X?". This blog gets comments like "Tool X is nothing compared to the Whole Tomato stuff". In chats I've seen "Why don't you guys just buy the Whole Tomato stuff and ship it in the box?". I'll admit...
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    PagePorter Professional 1.0 to Ease Frontpage <-> Visual Studio Migration

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    Honestly, I haven't been able to try this one out since there is a restriction on the install if you have VS 2005 on the machine, but it looked to cool not to post it. Robert E. Weatherford left the following comment to the powertoys blog that describes...
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    Welcome to the Developer PowerToys

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    The Developer PowerToys site is a "work in progress" directory of cool utilities and tools developed by Microsoft and the community that are meant to improve developer productivity. Currently, on this site, you will find the original list of Powertoys...
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    Regular Expression Language Service

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    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...
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    Annotation Package

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    Do you want to be a part of this cool VSIP package that allows you to annotate your source code and share your comments with other team members? If so Dr Extensibility (Dr eX) has a great project for you and him to build. Visit here for more information...
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    Add Functionality Anywhere in VS with PocketProd

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    I would describe this add-in as “External Tools on Steroids“, but Richard, from PocketNerd explains it in more detail below. - Josh I first built the tool a couple of years ago so that i could add my own functionality to the...
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    Bootstrapper Manifest Generator

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    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...
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    Code Template Autocompletion for VS 2002 and VS 2003

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    When it rains it pours. I found this in my inbox this morning and it looks pretty cool. Here is the description from Alvaros AutoCode v2.0 is an Add-In for Visual Studio .net that enables AutoComplete for any language in Visual Studio .net. Generated...
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    Spices.VSIP.Net development build obfuscation verification debug deploy

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    Spices.VSIP.Net delivers full features set of Spices.Net into Visual Studio, now you can expand you development - analyze, build, obfuscate, debug, verify and deploy your apps with Spices.Net. Check it out here: http://www.9rays.net/cgi-bin/components...
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    devAdvantage for C# code analysis and automated code reviews

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    Another one from the mailbag via Dan! devAdvantage beta 2.0 is now available for free download and use. devAdvantage performs C# code analysis to automate code reviews. Unlike other code analyzers devAdvantage allows you to quickly correct any coding...
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    Toggle Design and Source Windows Macro

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    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...
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    Codebrarian Add-in BETA Release for VS Plugins

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    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...
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    Send F1 Searches Online to Google with this Macro

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    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...
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    WebDeploy 1.0 for Extension Based File Deployment

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    [Via eWorld.UI - Matt Hawley ] WebDeploy has hit 1.0 ! There aren't any earth shattering additions, just some bug fixes over 0.9 as well as the addition of bug tracking into the system. Now, you can submit a bug right from the UI...also, when an error...
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    IAccessible Implementation Sample for a Custom Push Button Published!

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    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...
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    CoadTools Quick Test C# Project Template

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    Noah Coad left a comment to our entry about the Snippet Compiler to inform us of a quick c# project template he whipped up for testing small bits of code in the full IDE. From hist post: http://msmvps.com/coad/archive/2004/06/18/8408.aspx Very...
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    MbUnit 2.15.1 Beta released....

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    [Via Peli's Blog ] MbUnit 2.1.5.1 Beta is ready for download. Try it and send me the problems you encounter... Download for .Net v1.1 Download for .Net v1.0 We have a menu! From the Official Web Site: " MbUnit is an evolutive Unit...
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    VSBlogger

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    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...
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    VSTabs: VS 2003 File Tab Channel Replacement

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    Hot off the presses from Jonathan Payne: VSTabs is a new Visual Studio 2003 add-in that replaces the normal tab bar with a new look tab control that supports tab combining and middle click tab closing. So far it is only at the "technology preview...
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    Reflector Graph v1.2 Add-In released

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    After I posted about Reflector a user asked "What does this do that the built in object browser doesn't?” Here is another good example. Josh [Via Peli's Blog ] New features: Unit Test Generation Add-in , Type Graph Add-in , Warning...
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    Regex Much? Check out "The Regulator"

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    So recently I've been tinkering a bit with an app to scrape my .Text referral logs. I also wanted to extract all the search terms that led to my blog into a readable form without the URL garbelygook. It was a good chance to get my hands dirty with writing...
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    ReSharper: C# Refactoring and More Tool

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    Even when Whidbey gives you refactoring you'll probably still want some of the other features that Resharper provides. Check it out. Josh [Via Paschal L ] When the Java world come to the .Net world, they produce something superb as Reshaper....
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    devMetrics 1.0: Free C# Software Metrics

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    From Dan at anticipatingminds.... Anticipating Minds has a new Visual Studio .NET Add-in: devMetrics is a C# code analysis tool that gathers software metrics so that developers, leads and software managers can quickly identify potentially problematic...
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    Free home edition of XMLSpy

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    I'll admit, until recently I've heard a number of internal people remark on how great a tool XMLSpy was. I've never personally used it, but it does seem to have a following. Anyway, they now have a free home edition that should tide you over until VS...
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    Threat Modeling Tool Posted

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    I've seen Micheal talk about security a number of times and it's always entertaining as well as informative. Today he announced the availability of a new threat modeling tool. We have to create threat models for just about every VS feature these days...
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