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    Updated Features and new links for the Smart Paster

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    I've updated the Smart Paster entry based on new information from Alex. This is why I'm working towards getting a site where community authors can update their own information in the collection :-) Anyway, check it out... http://weblogs.asp.net/powertoys...
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    Point and Test NUnit integration for Visual Studio.NET

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    A little more testing to start the week. Via NUnitAddIn : “Point and Test NUnit integration for Visual Studio.NET. The aim of this project it to simplify testing and debugging using the NUnit framework inside of Visual Studio.NET.” ...
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    "Paste As.." in VS.NET with Smart Paster Add-In

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    The pic and post from Alex really says it all. Installed! Alex, you should submit this to the Add-in contest. [Via Alex Papadimoulis ] I don't know about you guys (and gals), but I often find myself pasting large string literals (SQL queries or...
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    Easy Multi-Threaded Design in VS via an Add-In

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    [Via Michael Harsh ] One of the prototyping guys at MS, Roland Fernandez, has created a VS.NET 2003 add-in to make multi-threaded programming easier. The premise is that you write your app just as you normally would if it was all running on the...
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    Snippet Compiler - Write and test snippets of code outside of VS without saving

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    [Via VSData Team Blog ] One of the things people like about VS2005 is that you can create projects and not save them until you hit, er, File/Save. Keeps you from getting those WindowsApplication1 thru WindowsApplication5999 directories. Anyway, via...
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    VB6 MouseWheel Fix via Add-in

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    Thanks to dredge , today I discovered a solution for THE problem that plagued me since I started programming in VB6... The VB6 MouseWheel Fix!!! Now when I have to maintain my old VB6 projects I feel much more confortable... :-) UPDATE: Many...
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    NTime - Performance unit testing tool

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    Adam Slosarski presents NTime -a perfomance testing tool - on code project. [Via Weblogs @ ASP.NET ] From the Code Project page: http://www.codeproject.com/dotnet/NTime.asp This article presents a unique tool to run repeatable performance...
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    ClrUnit: Unit Testing Framework with VS Integration inspired by JUnit

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    From John Lewicki comes a new Unit Testing framework for VS integrated as a VSIP package. In his words: http://www.gotdotnet.com/Community/Workspaces/Workspace.aspx?id=b85944cd-fd7b-4b8b-86d1-9fc0c710cd0f Load your unit tests automatically...
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    Accessibility Macros for Visual Studio .NET 2003

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    As I demo'ed at CSUN , here are the Accessibility Macros for Visual Studio .NET 2003 . These macros allow users to tweak the Visual Studio .NET 2003 IDE by easily increasing and decreasing font size, toggling colors in the editor to pure black on white...
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    Introducing MsaaVerify - an Accessibility testing tool

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    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...
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    ASP.Net Version Switcher

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    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...
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    Pinvoke.Net Add-in Link Update

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    If you have the post about the Pinvoke.Net Add-in for VS in your RSS reader cache you should note that the link has changed. It should be more permanent this time. I've updated the post to have the new link and it's also here: http://www.gotdotnet...
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    Get Pinvoke.Net Native Method Signatures directly into Visual Studio

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    I know I suggest that everything is cool, but this is really cool IMO! Via Kevin I found this add-in that lets you search for and insert pinvoke signatures right into your code from the Pinvoke.Net web site. You can also add content to the site right...
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    "Close All But This" and more Whidbey commands now in VS 2003!!!

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    This is pretty cool. Gaston couldn't wait for Whidbey so he coded up some of our little IDE enhancements as a package for VS 2003 users. Jason , the IDE PM who drove the Whidbey improvements, was impressed when I showed him. :-) From the Site: http...
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    Add Code Wizard

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    Craig made a post over at his blog, giving the location of a new toy called “Add Code Wizard”. Here is a description of the sample: http://blogs.msdn.com/craigskibo/archive/2004/04/26/120773.aspx “Visual Studio allows you to create...
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    Class Browsing for .NET components with Reflector = High Praise

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    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...
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    Building a Better Notepad with Notepad2.exe

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    I had to add this one since it's making the rounds. The official site for Notepad2 has this to say: The original Notepad shipped with Windows is probably the handiest program of all times, small, fast, without frills! Notepad2 tries to follow this...
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    Creating a Help Collection Using the Help Integration Wizard Beta

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    Via Robert I discovered the Help Integration Wizard. From Roberts Post: A team at Microsoft had FINALLY made it dirt-simple to create an integrated VS.NET help collection, without making it ridiculously convoluted, aka the VSHIK. They laughed...
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    AssemblyToVisio - Visio 2003 UML diagram generator

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    Sent to me ( Josh ) from one of our Microsoft consultants.... http://www.gotdotnet.com/Community/UserSamples/Details.aspx?SampleGuid=375f1eea-c60c-4cbe-ac12-1335899c6566 AssemblyToVisio - Visio 2003 UML diagram generator This tool fulfills the...
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    Add #Region Macro

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    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...
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    Set IDE to Demo Mode Fonts

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    Via Devhawk comes a macro to set the editor fonts to and from a preset demo mode size and font combo. Private Sub SetEditorFonts( ByVal size As Integer , ByVal family As String , ByVal bold As Boolean ) Dim Props As Properties Props = DTE.Properties(...
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    How to Use Macro Code

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    To use the macro code you find here you'll want to copy it to the clipboard and follow these steps. Getting the macro into Visual Studio .Net Open Visual Studio .Net Use the menu to view Tools->Macros->Macro Explorer or Alt-F8 with most...
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    Share and Find Code Snippets with CodeSwap

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    UPDATE: Only works with VS 2002. I think this kind of thing is pretty cool. The CodeSwap tool lets you easily share and find code snippets for use right from the VS .Net IDE. I hope they release a version that compliments the new snippet features in...
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    Write an Add-In or a Macro and Win!

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    Roy has organized a coding contest challenging you to build and submit the coolest Add-In or Macro you can for Visual Studio. I suggest watching Craig's webcast and getting started! Here is a look at the current prizes for a bit of motivation. [UPDATE...
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    Fiddler for HTTP Debugging Issues

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    Another tool found it's way into my inbox today from Eric Lawrence- “ Need to monitor or modify HTTP traffic? Try Fiddler .” From the site: http://www.fiddlertool.com/fiddler/ Fiddler is a HTTP Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP...
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