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Documentation compilers for managed class libraries

January, 2009

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About Sandcastle

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Enabling managed class library developers throughout the world to easily create accurate, informative documentation with a common look and feel<o:p></o:p>


Sandcastle produces accurate, MSDN style, comprehensive documentation by reflecting over the source assemblies and optionally integrating XML Documentation Comments. Sandcastle has the following key features:<o:p></o:p>

  • Works with or without authored comments <o:p></o:p>
  • Supports Generics and .NET Framework 2.0 <o:p></o:p>
  • Sandcastle has 2 main components (MrefBuilder and Build Assembler) <o:p></o:p>
  • MrefBuilder generates reflection xml file for Build Assembler <o:p></o:p>
  • Build Assembler includes syntax generation, transformation..etc <o:p></o:p>
  • Sandcastle is used internally to build .Net Framework documentation <o:p></o:p>

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System Requirements<o:p></o:p>

Supported Operating Systems: <o:p></o:p>

Windows Server 2003; Windows XP Service Pack 2<o:p></o:p>

Required Software: <o:p></o:p>

Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0, available here <o:p></o:p>

HTML Help Workshop<o:p></o:p>

Optional Software: <o:p></o:p>

Visual Studio 2005 or Visual Studio SDK<o:p></o:p>



Please post all Sandcastle related questions and discussions at <o:p></o:p>


You can also send feedback and bugs to



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