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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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    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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    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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    Notepad++ Another Fast Notepad replacement with syntax highlighting

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    We covered Notepad2.exe before, but Don sent me his " NotePad++ " application to try. The main differences I've seen between the two is that notepad2 seems to launch a little faster on my machine, but notepad++ supports a multiple document tabbed interface...
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    Treemap Visual View of Hard Drive Contents

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    Not exactly developer related, but I was having a lot of fun just seeing what's taking up so much of the space on my laptop this Holiday season. This tool is great for doing just that and a little bit of early spring cleaning. http://www.win.tue.nl...
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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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    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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    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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    Submit a Tool

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    If you have, or know of a tool, that you would like us to talk about on this site feel free to leave a comment here with a link and description for your favorite tool or use the contact form for our blog. We reserve the right not to link to your tool...
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    IL Language Service for VS

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    This package provides syntax highlighting for IL files in the Visual Studio .NET text editor. Its source is also a very simple example of a language service that uses the VSIP Babel library. Note that it doesn't have Intellisense support right now, so...
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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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    Command Prompt Bar for CMD.EXE Inside the Windows Explorer

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    If you love your command prompt or wondered what life would be like without the “CMDHere.exe” XP Powertoy then you really should check out the Command Prompt Explorer Bar . Now, if I can get Pavel to join the VSCMDShell project I'd be set...
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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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    VB.NET Class Builder Utility 1.0

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    Sure... I think the Whidbey Class Designer rocks. But you don't have Whidbey today, so you might be interested in a class building utility like this one from Mod2Software . Check it out here: http://www.mod2software.com/ProductPages/cbu.htm "This program...
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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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    VC++ Powertoys from GDN

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    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...
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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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    Make Code Comments Pretty with CommentReflower

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    Ian wrote a cool VS 2003 plugin that makes comments in code more readable. From the Site: "Comment Reflower is a Visual Studio .NET 2003 Plugin to reflow the text in comments in source files to have even word wrapping. It does more than simply just wrapping...
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    CopySourceAsHTML: Get Code into HTML without Word from the Editor

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    Earlier this month I let you know about a macro that converts code to HTML for use on web pages or blog posts. Since then Colin sent me a link to his "Wordless" tool for accomplishing the same thing . The users reviews for Colin's tool are pretty positive...
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    Simple Macro for Formatting Code to HTML from within VS 2003

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    Via .Avery : " Code -> HTML in VS.NET - Cory comes up with a cool macro to send your code to word then back to your clipboard. Quick HTML formatting for your code." It's been a while since we've posted an interesting Macro to the Powertoys blog. This...
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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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    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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    Code Template Add-In for Code Expansions in VS .NET 2003

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    Eddie sent this one my way for posting. With this Add-In you can define keywords that will be expanded out to the code chunks you've attatched to those keywords. From the site : http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/CodeTemplateNET.asp Code<Template>...
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    Easy File Finder Add-In for VS 2003

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    Until you get to use the swanky new Whidbey UI for navigating your solution you might find this add-in helpfull. JWPayne posted about it first here on the GDN powertoys forum . From his post: VS File Finder creates a new tool window in the IDE that...
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