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    First set of Power Toys for Visual Studio released by the Developer Solutions team

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    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...
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    Right Click -> New Microsoft Visual Studio Solution

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    Via Robin Curry File this one under “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Peter Provost created a ShellNew extension for Visual Studio Solutions to allow you to right click and add a new solution to any folder without the heavy-handed way Visual Studio...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Resource Editor for VS.NET 2003 made with VSIP Extras!

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    Check out this Resource Editor made with the VSIPExtras by Gaston . Features listed from the site include: Integrated on Visual Studio .NET 2003 Edit .resx and .resources files Explore resources in .dll and .exe files, then for example, you...
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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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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