Monday, 2 June 2008

Free Visual Studio 2005 Add-ins and Tools

Functionality of Visual Studio can be extended using Add-ins. Below is the list of Visual Studio Add-ins I use.

Free Visual Studio Helper Add-ins and Tools

GhostDoc - is a free add-in for Visual Studio that automatically generates XML documentation comments for C#.

VS 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals Add-on - Tools for building SQL databases in a managed project environment with support for versioning, deployment, unit testing, refactoring, and off-line SQL development. This Add-on will work only with Team or Enterprise Editions of Visual Studio 2005.

Ankh SVN - is a Subversion plugin for Visual Studio

Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset - is a toolset that builds Windows installation packages from XML source code.

Resource Refactoring Tool - provides developers an easy way to extract hard coded strings from the code to resource files.

Visual Studio Cool Commands - many commands for Visual Studio to make developer's life cool.

VS 2005 IDE Enhancements - are a set of Visual Studio extensions provides tools to effectively use Visual Studio resources.

VS MRU List Editor - Removes not used projects and solutions from Visual Studio most recently used project list.

VSCmdShell - combines the command window and the command prompt and makes them available in a single window.

Smart Paster - StringBuilder and Better C# string handling.

Visual Studio Extensions for ASP.NET and AJAX programming

If you want to program ASP.NET using AJAX you will need to download and install extensions below.
ASP.Net AJAX Extensions - is a set of technologies to add AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) support to ASP.NET. It consists of a client-side script framework, server controls, and more.

ASP.Net AJAX Control Toolkit - is a joint project between the community and Microsoft. Built upon the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions, the Toolkit aims to be the biggest and best collection of web-client components available.

Visual Studio .Net 3.0 extensions

If you want to program for .Net 3.0 platform using Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) programming models download and install extensions and SDK below.
Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (Windows Workflow Foundation) - is the programming model, engine, and tools for quickly building workflow-enabled applications on Windows.

Before installing extensions for WCF and WPF install Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net 3.o.
Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework version 3.5 - provides the documentation, samples, header files, libraries, and tools (including C++ compilers) that you need to develop applications to run on Windows Server 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5.

The Visual Studio 2005 extensions for.NET Framework 3.0 (WCF & WPF), November 2006 CTP - provides developers with support for building .NET Framework 3.0 applications using the WCF and WPF programming models.

If you are using Windows Vista as your development platform you can install Windows SDK Update for Windows Vista, which is much smaller in size than SDK for Windows Server 2008.
Windows SDK Update for Windows Vista - provides documentation, samples, header files, libraries, and tools designed to help you develop Windows applications using both native (Win32) and managed (.NET Framework) technologies.

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