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  • Blog Post: Filtering APIs using Sandcastle

    API filters in Sandcastle is a very useful feature and allows namespaces, types, and members to be removed or shown in the reflection XML file, and ultimately in the compiled docs. They can be set up so that only certain topics are dropped, or so that a parent type has all children hidden with only specific...
  • Blog Post: Sandcastle Community Projects - Sandcastle Styles

    I talked about various community projects supporting Sandcastle in this blog http://blogs.msdn.com/sandcastle/archive/2007/06/21/sandcastle-customer-projects.aspx . I am very pleased to announce the release of Sandcastle Styles to this community project list. Dave Sexton of DocProject for Sandcastle...
  • Blog Post: Announcing October 2007 Sandcastle CTP Release

    I am excited to announce the availability of October 2007 CTP version for Sandcastle. The latest version is now available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E82EA71D-DA89-42EE-A715-696E3A4873B2&displaylang=en . My sincere thanks to the Sandcastle user community...
  • Blog Post: Part 2: Version Builder

    In my previous blog http://blogs.msdn.com/sandcastle/archive/2007/10/03/sandcastle-september-2007-release-versionbuilder.aspx I provided details about Version Builder. I had several questions ( http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2237661&SiteID=1 ) about this feature. Attached is...
  • Blog Post: Sandcastle September 2007 Release: VersionBuilder

    Sandcastle September 2007 release includes the VersionBuilder tool under \ProductionTools folder to provide support for documenting multiple versions of a project. The VersionBuilder tool generates a single reflection data file from multiple version-specific reflection files. The output reflection file...
  • Blog Post: September 2007 Sandcastle release: Generating Framework Reflection data for resolving links

    Sandcastle September 2007 release was shipped without the Framework reflection data. This allowed us to reduce the Sandcastle installer size to 1.5 MB. In our previous releases we shipped the reflection files under the \Data\Reflection folder. For the September release we expect the users to generate...
  • Blog Post: Announcing September 2007 Sandcastle Release

    I am excited to announce the availability of September 2007 version for Sandcastle. The latest version is now available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E82EA71D-DA89-42EE-A715-696E3A4873B2&displaylang=en . My sincere thanks to the Sandcastle user community...
  • Blog Post: CHM Localization and Unicode issues - dbcsFix.exe

    In this thread ( http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2139818&SiteID=1 ) we discussed about the localization issues in CHM. With September Sandcastle release we have addressed the Unicode issues for CHMs built in East Asian languages. Here’s the problem: 1. For localized CHMs...
  • Blog Post: Part 1: VS 2005 presentation changes in Sandcastle September Release

    We have made several improvements to the VS 2005 presentation transforms for our September release of Sandcastle. Internally we call it the “hybrid” document design for Orcas. This new documentation presentation layer targets Visual Studio Developers who need to find information quickly and easily in...
  • Blog Post: Building CHM using CHMBuilder

    Please see my blog about Sandcastle September 2007 release . With this release, we plan on shipping a new tool called CHMBuilder for CHM generation using Sandcastle. What is CHMBuilder? CHMBuilder is an executable that will be shipped under the Production Tools folder of Sandcastle. The HXS generation...
  • Blog Post: Documenting APIs with Sandcastle using Windows Powershell

    Please see my blog about Sandcastle Spetember 2007 release. With this release, we plan on shipping an example Windows powershell script to document APIs using Sandcastle. Why Windows Powershell I saw what Scot Hanselman did for Sandcastle with Powershell and got the inspiration for creating...
  • Blog Post: September 2007 Sandcastle Release

    Thank you all for the continued support to Sandcastle. I have had many questions about the next release of Sandcastle and the roadmap through forums (see http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2071190&SiteID=1 and http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2127456&SiteID...
  • Blog Post: Sandcastle - Interview with .NET Rocks

    In July I blogged about my interview with .NET Rocks ! David Wright (Architect and developer of Sandcastle documentation compiler) from my team and I interviewed with .NET Rocks ! The interview lasted about 90 minutes and Carl and Richard were amazing! J . Please visit http://www.dotnetrocks.com/...
  • Blog Post: Componentization - Building Assembly level HxS using Sandcastle

    The primary goal of componentization is to reduce the size of a run-time image. In addition to helping meet space requirements, componentization has the following benefits: Performance - Reducing disk and memory use can significantly improve performance of both the platform and your software. ...
  • Blog Post: Sandcastle and MTPS Conntent Service

    Sandcastle uses MSDN and Technet Publishing System (MTPS) content service to resolve refeence links to MSDN . MTPS processes all the content at MSDN and Technet . MTPS Content Services are a set of web services for exposing the content in MTPS. With this web service, users have programmatic access to...
  • Blog Post: Tagging feature to be launched in MSDN Library

    MSDN team is planning to add tagging feature on the MSDN Library this week. The tags control will show up on all documentation that has the MSDN WIKI feature in the library (currently 1.5 million pages across 7 languages). There will be a page level tagging control right below the topic and one added...
  • Blog Post: ScriptDoc 1.0 for extractiong Javascript code comments is now available at Codeplex

    In April I blogged about Bertrand Leroy 's, cool document extraction tool (ScriprDoc 1.0) that will generate reflection.org file for Javascript. Today Bertrand released ScriptDoc 1.0 at CodePlex . Please see more details at http://weblogs.asp.net/bleroy/archive/2007/06/27/scriptdoc-1-0-available.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Announcing June 2007 Sandcastle CTP

    I am excited to announce the availability of June 2007 CTP version for Sandcastle. The latest version is now available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E82EA71D-DA89-42EE-A715-696E3A4873B2&displaylang=en . My sincere thanks to the Sandcastle user community...
  • Blog Post: Introducing a new document model design code named "Hana"

    With Sandcastle June CTP we are releasing a new documentation design code named “ Hana ”. We expect the release to be available on June 18, 2007. This presentation layer will be released as a part of Sandcastle and will not be used for Orcas documentation shipping in MSDN anytime soon as we have to make...
  • Blog Post: The "Prototype" document model design overview

    When we released Sandcastle last July we released it with the “Prototype” document model design. The ‘Prototype” document model was designed with the following ideas: 1. Don’t segregate members by visibility 2. Don’t segregate – Filter 3. Don’t Separate a Type from its Members 4. Better ...
  • Blog Post: .NET document design and MSDN documentation

    Today I stumbled across this article MSDN Documentation - the worse in class ? . Much of the class library documentation is published to MSDN through Sandcastle . We have been releasing Sandcastle with a “prototype” style which addresses most of Miro’s concerns : 1. Type overview and member list information...
  • Blog Post: Documenting Javascript doc comments

    Bertrand Leroy , a Software development Engineer, from AJAX team is currently representing Microsoft at the OpenAjax Alliance working group. You can read about the working group’s intentions and planning here: http://www.openajax.org/member/wiki/IDE_Charter . Today Bertrand bloged about the format...
  • Blog Post: BuildAssembler Configuration

    In my previous blogs I have discussed the architecture of BuildAssembler , a configurable build component stack of Sandcastle . As each topic is build, it is represented as an in-memory XML document. The document is passed through a stack of build components, each of which can act on the document in...
  • Blog Post: Documenting PostSharp using Sandcastle

    Recently Gael Fraiteur wrote to me about how he used Sandcastle December CTP to document PostSharp . You can see the documentation generated using Sandcastle at http://doc.postsharp.org// . PostSharp went Beta this weekend, with a new plug-in PostSharp4EntLib. PostSharp is a post-compiler: an open...
  • Blog Post: Sandcastle Performance improvements in February CTP

    David Smith made some great observations regarding Sandcastle perf. issues on large assemblies at http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1125897&SiteID=1 . We have been testing our code on Phoenix ( http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1125897&SiteID=1 ) assemblies...
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