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XNA Game Studio Express

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Author: Microsoft

Latest version: 1.0 Refresh
Added 2006-12-12

Toolset and technology for creating video games for Windows-based PCs and the Xbox 360 console.
Combined with an active membership in the XNA Creators Club (available from Xbox Live Marketplace), you can also create, debug, and play games on your Xbox 360 console.

XNA Game Studio Express is based on Visual C# Express 2005. It contains the following:
- The XNA Framework, a set of managed code development libraries for creating games for Windows and the Xbox 360.
- The XNA Framework Content Pipeline, a set of tools that allow incorporating 3D content into their games.
- A set of documentation, how-tos, and starter kits that demonstrate how to use the content pipeline and XNA Framework.

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CodeTemplate.NET

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Categories: Code generation, IDEs - IDE add-ins

Author: Eddie Velasquez

Latest version: 1.9 RC2
Added 2004-05-04

Add-in for Visual Studio that provides a mechanism for inserting commonly used text fragments into your source code.

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devMetrics

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Categories: Code analysis - Standards verifiers, IDEs - IDE add-ins

Author: Anticipating Minds

Latest version: 2.0.45.0
Added 2004-06-06Updated 2004-11-22

Analysis tool that gathers software metrics on C# code such as lines of code, number of classes, cyclomatic complexity and more.
devMetrics integrates with Visual Studio .NET and runs as a stand-alone command line utility for build integration.
Version 2.0 offers an SDK that allows you to develop your own metrics and reports. A free Community Edition is available.

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GhostDoc

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Categories: Documentation - Code commenting, IDEs - IDE add-ins

Author: SubMain

Latest version: 2.5
Added 2003-11-30Updated 2009-06-01

Add-in for Visual Studio that automatically generates XML documentation comments for C# and VB, either by using existing documentation (e.g. of base classes or implemented interfaces), or by deducing from name and type of e.g. methods, properties, events, or parameters.

Features include:
- Generates XML comments based on code element type, parameters, name, and other contextual information
- For a derived class uses the base class documentation
- Assignable shortcut
- Configurable rules, acronyms and macros
- Import/Export of the configuration and the rules
- Option to re-build documentation
- Available for Visual Studio 2010, 2008 and 2005.

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Regionerate

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Author: Omer Rauchwerger

Latest version: 0.6.0.8
Added 2007-06-28

Automatic layout enforcement tool for the C# programming language.
Regionerate can group class members into regions, based on the default or custom settings.
It runs on Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008 Orcas Beta 1, #develop 2.0, NAnt and on command line.

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DPack

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Author: USysWare

Latest version: 2.5.7
Added 2004-04-20Updated 2006-10-11

Collection of Visual Studio 2003 and 2005 add-ins.

Features include:
- Code Browser add-in: select file code members (procedures, functions, variables, enums, structs, etc.) from the dialog accessible via Alt-G keyboard key combination or Tools menu
- File Browser add-in: allows to locate and open files in the solution
- Framework Browser add-in: allows to locate a type, its corresponding namespace and assembly
- Code Navigation add-in: quickly jump to the next or previous code element in the current file via Alt-Down Arrow or Alt-Up Arrow key combination
- Bookmarks add-in: set and recall bookmarks from 0 to 9 via unique keyboard key combinations (Ctrl-Shift-N to set and Ctrl-N to recall)
- Surround With add-in
- Delphi Keyboard Mapping Scheme: keyboard re-mapped to match Borland Delphi layout
- Solution statistics tool: allows one to evaluate the size of the entire solution.
- Solution backup.

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Project Line Counter

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Author: Oz Solomonovich

Latest version: 2.10
Added 2003-05-29

Add-in reporting statistics about files in VC 5/6 and Visual Studio .NET projects.

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X-develop

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Author: Omnicore Software

Latest version: 2.0
Added 2004-12-21Updated 2006-10-04

Multi-language cross-platform IDE for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
X-develop targets both the .NET platform and the Java platform. It offers advanced code analysis, project wide on-the-fly error checking, refactoring, smart editing, fast code navigation capabilities and other productivity-boosting features for C#, Java, J# and VB.NET.
Other features include:
- Compatible with Visual Studio .NET 2005 and 2003 projects and solution files
- Uses MSBuild for compilation
- Support for the .NET Framework version 1 and 2 on Windows
- Support for Mono on Linux
- GUI designer: supports Windows Forms 1.0/2.0, GTK#, Swing
- On-the-fly error checking
- Coding assistance
- Code inspections
- Code navigation
- Refactoring
- Debugging
- Unit testing: supports NUnit, JUnit, VS Team System, Visual test browser
- Version control system integration: supports CVS, Subversion, Perforce, Visual SourceSafe and Bitkeeper

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SlickEdit

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Author: SlickEdit

Latest version: 2007
Added 2003-05-20Updated 2007-12-19

Multi-platform, multi-language code editor that enables programmers to create, navigate, modify, and debug code.

Features include:
- can be used as a complementary editor or as a stand-alone development tool
- allows setting preferences for indenting, brace style, and other code format options For - allows writing your own macros to add new capabilities
- supports a wide range of programming languages including C#, J#, VB.NET, Java, Javascript, etc.
- runs on Windows, Linux, Unix, MacOs

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Codekana

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Author: NGEDIT Software

Latest version: 1.1
Added 2007-09-22

Visual Studio add-in that analyzes your C/C++/C# code while you edit, and provides you with an improved view of your source code.

Features include:
- Color-coded flow control
- Graphical outlines
- Unmatched blocks coloring
- Highlighting of search results
- Zooming
- Auto-indent adjustments
- Current line highlighting
- Works with VS 2008, VS 2005, VS.NET 2003, VS.NET 2002

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Visual Studio

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Author: Microsoft

Latest version: 2010
Added 2003-05-20Updated 2010-04-13

Microsoft's IDE for developing .NET applications.
Includes support for ASP.NET (Web applications and Web services), Windows Forms, WPF, Silverlight, Windows services, Console applications, Mobile applications and more.
Comes with support for the following languages: C#, VB.NET, F#, J#, C++, Managed C++ and C++/CLI.

Visual Studio 2010 is available in several editions, including Express, Professional, Premium and Ultimate.

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Agent Smith

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Categories: Code analysis - Standards verifiers, Documentation - Code commenting, IDEs - IDE add-ins

Latest version: 1.1.0
Added 2008-02-25

C# code style validation plugin for ReSharper.

Features include:
- Naming convention validation
- XML comment validation
- XML comment, string literals, identifiers and resources (.resx files) spell checking
- Smart paste

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CodePsy

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Author: mercanti

Latest version: 1.0
Added 2005-04-13

Code writer based on the analyzed coding context.

CodePsy's current implementation is an add-in for C# in Visual Studio .NET. It features the Statement Writer, which allows the programmer to write the code of conditional and iteration statements by simply pressing the Tab key next to the related keyword. It then dynamically positions the caret through completion steps by pressing Tab again.
The Statement Writer can even add the logical following statement and as it can add an optional block in the current one.
Hence, no need to write statements related code or to use the arrow keys to move the caret again. The Statement Writer saves 38% of the key presses for a simple if statement and as much as 57% for a switch statement with two cases.

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DXCore for Visual Studio .NET

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Author: Developer Express

Latest version: 3.0.5
Added 2006-01-24Updated 2008-01-02

Extensibility framework for Visual Studio .NET that allows developers to build productivity plug-ins (for personal use only).

Supports Visual Studio 2003, 2005 and 2008

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Sharp Builder Tools

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Latest version: 3.1
Added 2003-07-25Updated 2004-05-08

Set of experts (Helpers) for Borland C#Builder and Delphi for .NET.
Contains a lot of tools integrated directly in the IDE (Ant / NAnt, AStyle, NUnit, Expresso, NDoc, WinMerge) as well as coding utilities.

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FeinStuff

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Author: FeinSoftware

Latest version: 1.1
Added 2005-02-11

Collection of productivity tools for Visual Studio .NET 2003.
Provides a replacement Window manager (FeinWindows), a Studio 6 style fast build
and clean (no dependency checking) of the selected project, a switch between
header and implementation file. It allows you to open Windows Explorer or
Command Prompt in the directory where active document is, to collapse the
Solution explorer tree, and to view all Commands currently bound to some key
combination.
All of these commands are placed in various context menus.

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WSE Item Templates for Visual Studio .NET 2003

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Categories: ASP.NET, IDEs - IDE add-ins

Author: Kirk Allen Evans

Set of item templates to generate stub code for WSE 2.0 SoapClient, SoapService, and SoapReceiver classes in Visual Studio .NET 2003.

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PowerCommands

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Latest version: 1.1
Added 2008-08-14

Set of extensions for Visual Studio 2008.

Features include:
- Enable/Disable PowerCommands in Options dialog
- Format document on save / Remove and Sort Usings on save
- Remove and Sort Usings
- Clear All Panes
- Copy Path / Open Containing Folder / Open Command Prompt
- Email CodeSnippet
- Insert Guid Attribute
- Show All Files
- Close All / Undo Close
- Collapse Projects
- Copy Class / Paste Class
- Copy References / Paste References / Copy As Project Reference
- Edit Project File
- Unload Projects / Reload Projects
- Extract Constant
- Clear Recent File List / Clear Recent Project List
- Transform Templates

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FeinEvaluator

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Author: FeinSoftware

Latest version: 1.1
Added 2004-06-17

Expression evaluator for the std::string class and std::string collections, string vectors, string lists, including their iterators.
The use of std::string, and particularly collections of std::string's in Visual C++ is somewhat spoiled by inconveniences during debugging sessions. There is no simple way to view the content of the string in Visual Studio 2002, and to view the content of collection of strings in any version of Visual Studio to date.
FeinEvaluatorPro also evaluates window's styles: common window styles (WS_...), extended styles (WS_EX_...) and specific styles for Windows Common Controls (CListCtrl, CTreeCtrl, CEdit, CButton, CStatic, CListBox, CComboBox and CDateTimeCtrl).

Two versions are available: FeinEvaluatorPro and FeinEvaluator "lite" (free).

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CodeSMART for VS.NET

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Author: AxTools

Latest version: 10 with VS10x Extensions Beta 2
Added 2003-05-20Updated 2010-05-04

Multi-purpose add-in for Visual Studio 2010/2008/2005/2003/2002.
CodeSMART addresses both single and team developers through a range of features to improve VS.NET development productivity and enhance team collaboration.

Features include:
- Code Explorer that combines the standard Solution Explorer and Class View into one tool.
- You type two letters and AutoText expands them to entire code lines or blocks, while SmartComplete starts from where Intellisense left... and adds everything.
- The Code Flow Explorer and the Designer Explorer will help you navigate complex procedures and designers respectively.
- Extended text search and replace, plus find references, both with browsable result lists, results filtering/grouping etc.
- Code builders can generate collection, custom formatter/exception classes, overrides, implement interfaces, common object operations, serialization.
- XML comments support for VB.NET, enforce code commenting standardization with standard/XML comment templates (VB.NET and C#).
- XML Comments Analyzer, XML Comments Preview
- Code Snippets Manager that can be used to build code libraries and share them within your team.
- Exception handling tools will assist you in defining protection strategies and implementing necessary code for exception trapping.
- Code formatter and the sort procedures tools will help in reorganize and adjust code appearance.
- Spell check strings and comments, review strings to detect phrasing problems, check code commenting conformity.
- Tab Order Designer (has an auto-tab feature) and HotKey Designer to help fine-tune user interfaces.

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Clipboard Manager

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Author: Bobby DeRosa

Latest version: 1.0.0.5
Added 2006-06-05

Add-in for Visual Studio to help manage your clipboard.
Clipboard Manager keeps a history of what's been on your clipboard and lets you search through it.

Features include:
- Maintains clipboard activity allowing you to retrieve past clips
- Provides search capability to filter clips
- Tool window docks next to your Solution Explorer
- Persists clipboard activity after Visual Studio closes
- Copy Append/Cut Append (ctrl-shift+c/v) to append data to existing clips
- Prohibits only white-space copies in Visual Studio

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devAdvantage

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Categories: Code analysis - Standards verifiers, IDEs - IDE add-ins, Refactoring

Author: Anticipating Minds

Latest version: 2.1.102.0
Added 2004-06-06Updated 2004-10-07

Refactoring tool coupled with a C# code analyzer that can find and help you quickly fix issues.
Features include:
- Visual Studio .NET integration
- Issue detection and correction
- Create your own standards
- C# best practices for threading, exception handling, instrumentation, naming conventions, design, .NET usage and performance
- Free community edition
- Professional edition trial license available

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Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio

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Author: Microsoft

Latest version: 1.2 (June 2010)
Added 2010-04-23Updated 2010-06-09

Extends Visual Studio to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running and packaging of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure.
Installation includes the Windows Azure SDK.

Features include:
- C# and VB Project creation support for creating a Windows Azure Cloud Service solution with multiple roles
- Tools to add and remove roles from the Cloud Service
- Tools to configure each Role
- Integrated local development via the Development Fabric and Development Storage services
- Running and Debugging a Cloud Service in the Development Fabric
- Browsing cloud storage through the Server Explorer
- Building and packaging of Cloud Service Packages
- Deploying to the Windows Azure
- Monitoring the state of your services through the Server Explorer
- Debugging in the cloud by retrieving IntelliTrace logs through the Server Explorer
- Support for VS 2008 and 2010

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CodeRun Studio

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Author: CodStore

Latest version: 1.01 Beta
Added 2010-08-04

Browser-based IDE.
CodeStore Studio is an IDE that runs in IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari without required downloads.
It can be used for developing ASP.NET, PHP and Ajax applications. You can test and debug code in the cloud, as well as discover and share code.

Features include:
- Create projects in multiple languages: C#, PHP, JavaScript, HTML and CSS
- .NET support: ASP.NET, WCF, Silverlight and WPF browser application development and deployment
- Database support includes SQL Server 2005 and Amazon SimpleDB
- Manage your code solutions, projects and files online
- Supports opening and editing Visual Studio solution/project files, along with folder-based websites
- Syntax coloring and code-completion
- Error List window
- Debugger with breakpoints, step by step, call stack and add watch items
- Share code with hyperlinks


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NuGet

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Author: Microsoft

Latest version: 1 CTP 1
Added 2010-10-16

Package management system for adding libraries and tools to .NET projects.
NuGet automates the common and tedious tasks when referencing a package as well as its dependencies.

NuGet is available as a command line tool, integrated console window inside of Visual Studio 2010, a UI element in the Visual Studio context menu, and a series of PowerShell 2.0 cmdlets.

Previous name: NuPack

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XNA Game Studio

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Author: Microsoft

Latest version: 3.0
Added 2008-12-08

Toolset and cross-platform gaming libraries based on the .NET Framework for creating video games for Windows-based PCs, the Zune digital media player, and the Xbox 360 console.
XNA Game Studio is required to create games for Xbox LIVE Community Games.

Features include:
- Visual Studio 2008 integration: Support for C# 3.0, LINQ and most versions of VS 2008.
- Try Before You Buy: Allow your customers to try your game before they buy it.
- Invite Friends: Developers can allow players to invite friends to join their game.
- 1-click installation of Windows games.
- Highly compressed distribution of games.

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Snippet Designer

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Latest version: 1.0
Added 2008-10-01

Plugin that helps with dealing with code snippets in Visual Studio 2008.

Features include:
- A Snippet Editor integrated inside the IDE
- A Snippet Explorer tool window for searching snippets on your computer
- An "Export as Snippet" context menu option added to C#, VB and XML code editors to send highlighted code directly to the Snippet Editor

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VS.Php

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Author: Jcx.Software

Latest version: 2.0
Added 2004-04-16Updated 2006-03-07

Php editor for Visual Studio.
VS.Php provides the key components of other languages supported by VS.NET like syntax coloring and checking, intellisense, integrated help, debugging. It also lets you build PHP applications with its PHP project wizards.

Features include:
- Support for Visual Studio 2002, 2003, 2005.
- integration of the help system, dynamic help and context sensitive help support.
- integrated documentation for PHP, PEAR (PHP Extension and Application Repository) and Smarty. PEAR is a framework and distribution system for reusable PHP components.
- deployment support for remote servers where users can deploy their PHP applications.
- source code control.

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XAML Markup Styler

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Latest version: 1.1
Added 2010-11-05

Visual Studio 2010 extension that sorts attributes in XAML markup based on their importance.

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SlickEdit Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005

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Author: SlickEdit

Latest version: 1.1
Added 2006-09-25

Collection of utilities for Visual Studio that allows you to review historical changes to code, display and edit differences in files and directories, navigate code, etc.

Features include:
- Comment Wrapping
- Backup History
- Auto Code Doc Viewer
- Aliases and Acronyms
- Regex Evaluator
- Icon Extractor
- DIFFzilla
- Quick Profiling
- Word Completions
- Code Navigation
- Quick Launch

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QuickCode.NET

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Author: Development Expertise

Latest version: 2003, version 1.3
Added 2003-05-20

Visual Studio add-in that allows you to type short phrases.
For example, you can type "prop int test", then press Alt+Q to expand this into a complete property declaration.
These short phrases are called 'QuickCodes' and the QuickCode .NET add-in allows you to define them at will. You can define an 'expansion' for the QuickCode for C#, VB, HTML/ASP and other text files, using a "syntax coloring" editor. Which expansion is used, depends on the name of the file in which the QuickCode is used, so QuickCode .NET supports C#, VB.NET and ASP.NET seamlessly.

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C# HandleWhiteSpace Add-In for Visual Studio .NET

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Author: Fons Sonnemans

The C# code editor in Visual Studio .NET does not handle whitespaces automatically like the VB.NET code editor does. This Add-In solves this problem by adding the 'Handle WhiteSpace' menu option to the Visual Studio.NET Tools menu. This option formats the C# code of the active code editor.

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Improve C# Plugin for Eclipse

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Author: Improve

Latest version: 3.0.0 beta 1
Added 2003-05-20

Features:
- C# code editing with: Creation of new C# files (with a basic structure); Syntax highlighting; Content assistant for C# keywords; Auto-indentation.
-C# code compilation with: Compilation problems listed in the Tasks view; Compiler output information displayed in a console; Specification of the compiler arguments via a file property page (the arguments are persistent for each file).
- C# plugin parameters available via the plugin preference page: Path of Microsoft C# compiler; Automatic build on resource modification.

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vsPropertyGenerator

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Author: AderSoftware

Latest version: 1.1
Added 2004-10-15

Add-in for Visual Studio .NET that helps creating/removing properties to C# classes.
It works like "Generate Getters/Setters" feature from the Eclipse IDE.
After installing, you'll have a new tool in your Tools menu: VSPropertyGenerator.
To use, open any C# source file and run the tool. A dialog will list the fields and properties incuded in the source file. You can the click checkboxes next to Get to create get property and Set to create set property. If a checkbox is checked and you uncheck it, the tool will remove the property.
You'll also be able to add new fields.

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Visual Studio 2005 IDE Enhancements

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Author: Microsoft

Latest version: 1.0
Added 2006-10-31

set of Visual Studio extensions provides tools to effectively use Visual Studio resources.
Set of Visual Studio extensions that includes:
- Source Code Outliner: provides a tree view of your source code's types and members and lets you quickly navigate to them inside the editor.
- Visual C++ Code Snippets: lets you insert snippets in your code by using a pop-up menu that contains programming keywords. VB.NET and C# languages have this functionality in Visual Studio 2005.
- Indexed Find: uses the Microsoft Indexing Service to provide improved search capabilities to the IDE. It sends the results of a search to the Output Window.
- Super Diff Utility: compares text files. It uses color coding and graphics to show the difference between the files in deleted text (red), changed text (blue), inserted text (green).
- Event Toaster Utility: notifies users about specific events within the Visual Studio IDE.

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Python Tools for Visual Studio

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Latest version: 1.0
Added 2011-08-30

Integrated environment for developing Python in Visual Studio.

Features include:
- Supports CPython and IronPython
- Python editor with member and signature intellisense
- Code navigation "Find all refs", goto definition, and object browser
- Local and remote debugging
- Profiling with multiple views
- Integrated REPL window
- Support for HPC clusters and MPI, including debugging & profiling
- Interactive parallel computing via integrated IPython REPL

Requires VS 2010.

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FeinWindows

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Author: FeinSoftware

Latest version: 1.1
Added 2004-06-17

Replacement windows manager for Visual Studio .NET
FeinWindows adds the ability to work with long file and directory names by providing a resizable dialog that will also remember where you want it.

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VS Explorer

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Author: Lahey Computer Systems

Latest version: 2009, Build 582223
Added 2009-02-03

File and folder explorer addin for Visual Studio.
VS Explorer adds a Windows Explorer-like file and folder browsing window to Visual Studio. It provides complete access to file and folder context menus (including third party extensions such as TortoiseSVN) and drag-drop functionality that allows directly adding files/folders to your projects. VS Explorer eliminates switching back and forth between Visual Studio and Windows Explorer and other external programs.

Features include:
- Quickly browse to the current solution folder, project folder or the selected item
- Add selected dll/exe files as references
- Open command prompt window on selected folder
- Filter files matching specified patterns and automatically open specified files in the current Visual Studio instance
- Thumbnail View, Details View, Icon View and List View and various layouts which show/hide the folder tree and the file/folder list
- supports Visual Studio 2008 and 2005

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Code Store

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Author: Salamander Software

Latest version: 2.1.1298
Added 2003-09-04

Add-in for Visual Studio .NET 2003 that provides instant, integrated access to an online repository of .NET components.

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Visual Studio .NET Server Explorer Extensions for Active Directory

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Author: Microsoft

Latest version: 7.0
Added 2003-06-09

This server explorer add-in allows you to build Active Directory queries.

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RAD Studio

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Categories: IDEs - IDE add-ins, Languages, RAD - Dev automation

Author: Embarcadero Technologies

Latest version: 2010
Added 2003-11-05Updated 2009-10-20

Multiple-language and multiple-platform development environment.
RAD Studio is a rapid application development suite for visually building GUI-intensive, data-driven end-user applications for both native Windows and .NET.
RAD Studio includes Delphi, C++Builder and Delphi Prism.

Previous name: Borland Developer Studio

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HyperAddin

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Latest version: Release 1
Added 2007-09-28

Visual Studio add-in that adds hyperlinking in source code.

Visual Studio already has the ability to recognize and quickly navigate (with CTRL+LeftClick) to URLs embedded in the comments of the code. This is great, but what is really needed is a way of referring quickly and easily from one part of the code to another part of the code (or to architectural documents checked in with the code). That is exactly what the HyperAddin does: It allows creating and following hyper-links in your code. Now you only have to explain something once in a comment and refer to it many times (got lots of overloaded methods? They should all refer to the 'master' that does the real work).

HyperAddin works on VS2005 and VS2008.

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Visual Studio .NET project converter

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Author: Stoyan Damov

Utility that converts 2002 to 2003, and 2003 to 2002 projects and solutions. Can also change framework version bindings.

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CodeShare Addin

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Author: Nauman Leghari

Visual Studio .NET add-in for sharing code snippets in an enterprise.
CodeShare Addin provides menu options within the IDE to contribute and find code snippets from a central repository.

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SoftWIRE for Visual Studio .NET

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Author: Measurement Computing Corporation

Latest version: 6.0
Added 2003-10-06Updated 2005-02-16

Graphical programming extension to Visual Studio .NET.
By using GUI controls in an Icon and Wire design editor, users can create applications without having to write code.
Users select the GUI controls required for the application from over 200 provided, then connect the controls with drag-and-drop wires.
The SoftWIRE controls are all written in managed code and may be used in SoftWIRE or any .NET program. The wires are also .NET components written in managed code.
SoftWIRE projects can be constructed purely from SoftWIRE controls and wires, or may include code you write and .NET components or controls from other vendors.

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EasyThread

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Author: Roland Fernandez

Visual Studio .NET add-in that helps you to add multi-threading support to your Windows Forms application at design time.
It helps moving the long-running work onto background threads, keeping what's needed on the foreground thread.

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Grasshopper

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Author: Mainsoft

Latest version: 2.0 Technology Preview
Added 2005-06-23Updated 2006-09-24

Visual Studio .NET plug-in, developer edition of Visual MainWin for J2EE, which enables you to use C# or VB.NET to develop, debug and deploy Web applications and Web services that run on Windows, Linux and any Java-enabled platform.
Grasshopper supports single-source code development, so you can develop an ASP.NET application that will compile and run on multiple platforms. Grasshopper bundles the Apache Tomcat application server and PostgreSQL database, so you get a complete cross-platform Visual Studio development environment for any platform running Apache Tomcat.

Features include:
- MSIL to Java bytecode compilation
- Visual Studio integration
- Access to external Java components
- Open source .NET Framework: sources are shared with Mono, and compiled to Java bytecode, using the Grasshopper binary compiler.

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IntelliCommands

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Author: Mojab Software Solutions

Latest version: 1.9
Added 2008-03-25Updated 2008-07-29

Add-in for Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 with features such as Refactor Commands, Region Commands, Data Commands, and Interfaces.

Features include:
- Region Commands: organises members within designated #region directives
- Refactorings: Proxy Type, Comparer Type, Sortable Collection Type, Field Encapsulations, and more
- Data Commands: Business Object Generator, Virtual Business Object Generator, Xmlize Type
- Interfaces: IDisposable, ISerializable, ICloneable, IComparer, IComparable
- Miscellaneous tools: Hex Tool, Encryption Key Tool...
- Support for C# and VB

Previous name: Smarties 2008

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MMM-Experts

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Author: Morgan Martinet

Latest version: 1.0.0.20
Added 2004-02-01

Set of tools built to increase the productivity of C++/C#/VB programmers by adding features to the IDE such as:
- quick access to any function in your source code and any file in your solution
- toggle between the declaration/definition of a function for C++ users
- quickly find and open any file in your solution

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ReSharper

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Author: JetBrains

Latest version: 6.0
Added 2004-02-27Updated 2011-08-19

Add-in for Visual Studio that provides coding assistance, navigation helpers, on-the-fly error highlighting and quick error correction, as well as support for code refactoring or unit testing features.

Features include:
- Supports C#, VB.NET, XAML, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, JavaScript, CSS, and XML
- Syntax and error highlighting
- Error quick-fixes
- Refactoring
- Navigation
- Code assistance, code completion, code formatting
- Code generation
- Decompiling
- Search
- Live templates
- ASP.NET editing
- NAnt and MSBuild scripts editing
- Supports Visual Studio 2010/2008/2005/2003, C# (up to version 4), VB.NET (up to version 10)

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Snippy

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Editor for creating and modifying Visual Studio 2005 code snippets.

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Visual Studio Tools for Office

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Author: Microsoft

Latest version: 2005 Second Edition
Added 2003-11-25Updated 2006-12-08

Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System (Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Second Edition or VSTO 2005 SE for short) is a free add-on to Visual Studio 2005 that empowers developers to build applications targeting the 2007 Office system. Developers can now harness the benefits of the 2007 Office system platform and create Office-based solutions using Visual Studio 2005.

Features include:
- Application-level add-in support for the most popular 2007 Office System applications including Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, InfoPath, and Visio, and provides safe loading/unloading and easy management of managed add-ins.
- Design-time and runtime support for key 2007 Office System features such as the Ribbon, Custom Task Panes, and Outlook forms regions.
- Design-time support for InfoPath 2007 form templates.
- Maintainability and compatibility assurances. VSTO 2005 SE ensures that the applications customers have built on Office 2003 with VSTO 2005 continue to run with 2007 Office system.
- The ability to run in Visual Studio 2005 Professional, in addition to those Visual Studio versions already supported, including all of the MSDN subscriptions and Visual Studio Team System family of products.
- Expanded application-level add-in support for these Office 2003 Standard and Professional applications: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Visio.

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Lexware Assembly Reference Tool for Visual Studio

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Author: Lexware

Latest version: 2007-12-21
Added 2008-10-05

Visual Studio add-in that allows developers to define assembly references per solution configuration.
The Lexware Assembly Reference Tool provides a new tool window in Visual Studio 2005/2008 that allows you to change "hard-coded" assembly reference paths to flexible reference paths that change depending on the solution configuration. The tool detects "Debug" or "Release" in the assembly reference path and marks the assembly in red to show you the potential problem you have, when you build the project in another configuration. You only need to press a button and all these paths will be converted to paths which depend on the configuration of the project.

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CodeRush with Refactor! Pro for Visual Studio

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Author: Developer Express

Latest version: 3.0
Added 2004-03-18Updated 2008-01-02

Add-in for Visual Studio designed to help you create more code with fewer keystrokes, see complex software with clarity, and design forms with ease.
CodeRush will help you create code blocks and extend code templates. It will complete identifiers as you type and expand or contract selections logically. You will be able to place selected code inside Try/Catch blocks, Regions and your own custom wrappers.

Features include:
- Visualization Tools
- Selection Tools
- Clipboard Tools
- Navigation Tools
- Code Templates
- CodeRush Extensibility
- Refactor! Pro included (see this tool for details)
- Supports C# and VB.NET
- Supports Visual Studio .NET 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008

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CoolCommands

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Author: Gastˇn Milano

Latest version: 4.0
Added 2006-01-31Updated 2006-11-08

Set of commands and Reference Manager for Visual Studio 2005.

Commands:
- Collapse All Projects
- Command Prompt Here, Open Project Folder, Locate in Solution Explorer
- Open File
- Demo Font, Wheel Font Zooming
- Add Projects From Folder
- Resolve Project Reference, Copy/Paste of References
- Add as string resource

Reference Manager lets you:
- Add references to multiple projects
- Find references in a solution
- Delete references from multiple projects

See also http://weblogs.asp.net/GMilano/archive/2006/05/10/446010.aspx and http://weblogs.asp.net/gmilano/archive/2006/10/17/Easily-Add-a-string-resource-with-CoolCommands.aspx

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MeneesDiffUtils

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Author: Menees Software

Latest version: 2.0
Added 2008-04-21

Classes for determining the differences between two text or binary files or two directories, and controls for displaying the differences.

Classes include:
- BinaryDiff: A class for differencing binary files, streams, or byte arrays using the algorithm from A Linear Time, Constant Space Differencing Algorithm by Randal C. Burns and Darrell D. E. Long.
- MyersDiff: A class for differencing two integer arrays using the algorithm from Eugene W. Myers's paper An O(ND) Difference Algorithm and Its Variations.
- TextDiff: A class for differencing text files, strings, or string arrays using the MyersDiff class.
- DiffControl, DiffView, and DiffOverview: Windows Forms controls for visually displaying differences between two text files (in the style of Visual SourceSafe and WinDiff).

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Eiffel ENViSioN!

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Author: Eiffel Software

Latest version: 2.5
Added 2003-05-20Updated 2005-11-05

Plug-in for Visual Studio .NET that enables you to use the features of the Eiffel language, including design by contract, multiple inheritance, and generics.
Features include:
- Design by contract
- Integrated with the VS.NET 2003 and 2002
- Multiple inheritance
- Incremental compiling
- Windows Forms Designer support
- Source code control management support
- .NET resources support

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Total .NET XRef

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Author: FMS

Latest version: 1.1
Added 2003-05-20Updated 2005-03-22

Cross references your code in real-time.
Highlight a class, variable, method, member, property, or any other code element you've defined, and Total .NET XRef builds a list of all references to that item. You can see everywhere an item is used, and navigate through the list to see how your code really works.

Features include:
- Determine the cost of changes: With Total .NET XRef, you can see the number of places a proposed change would affect, making it easier to determine the cost of the change and determine whether or not the change is justified.
- Visual Studio .NET Integration: Total .NET XRef appears as a toolwindow in the IDE.
- Right-click on any name in code you have defined and Total .NET XRef builds a list of every reference to that name.
- The XRef list shows the class name, member name, line and column, type of reference, and a preview of the line of code containing the reference.
- Supports C# and Visual Basic .NET code.
- Sort or group the list in any way you want. Multiple group levels are supported.
- As you change your code, the background parser keeps up to date, making new calls fast.
- You can send the entire contents of the of the XRef list to an HTML page for printing, saving, or emailing.

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SonicFileFinder

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Author: Jens Schaller

Latest version: 2.1
Added 2007-12-05Updated 2009-01-06

Add-in for Visual Studio that allows a search for any file within every project of the loaded solution by entering the complete filename or just a part of it.

Features include:
- Display modes: As a popup window or as a dockable tool window.
- Best match: By sorting the Match column in descending order, you see the best matching result on top of the result list.
- Shortened paths: To keep the file paths shown in the Path column short, the common base path of all files is determined, extracted from the original paths and shown in the column header.
- Search options: You can use wildcards, use placeholders or search by initials.
- Completely keyboard controllable.
- Found files can either be edited with a single keystroke, or a Windows Explorer, command-line prompt, or Powershell console can be opened at the file's location.
- Live preview: When navigating through the result list using the Cursor Up/Down keys with Use live preview enabled, the selected file will be automatically loaded into the editor.

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PrimalCode

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Author: Sapien

Latest version: 3.0
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CodeXchange

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Author: DeveloperLand

Latest version: 1.0
Added 2005-04-20

Visual Studio.NET add-in and standalone application providing you with integrated access to an online repository of ready to use .NET code snippets.

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VS File Explorer

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Author: Mindscape

Latest version: 1.0
Added 2009-01-26

Tool window add-in for Visual Studio 2008 that provides a Windows Explorer file system view from Visual Studio.

Features include:
- Shell Enabled: shell extensions like TortoiseSVN work just fine.
- Command Prompt Here: Opens a command prompt at the current folder.
- Snap to Solution: Sets the root folder to the current solution's folder.
- Split View: Windows Explorer style.
- Open Item: Either in Visual Studio or the registered application.
- Options Dialog: For configuring the add-in.

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PagePorter

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Author: Parastream Technologies

Latest version: 1.1.1815
Added 2004-08-13

PagePorter adds web site development capabilities to Visual Studio .NET with support for themes, shared borders, hyperlink management, a GUI site navigation editor, and seven FrontPage compatible web controls. If you want to use FrontPage with Visual Studio .NET, PagePorter bridges the gap between them.
PagePorter includes:
- A suite of seven ASP.NET web controls that emulate FrontPage web control functions.
- A Visual Studio .NET add-in that hosts a Navigation View window to edit a site's navigation structure, nanages a site's hyperlinks so you can move and rename project files at will without breaking links.
- Converts FrontPage HTML pages to ASP.NET, including the web controls.
- Applies FrontPage themes to a site and/or pages.
- A web page base class (derived from System.Web.UI.Page) that adds support for shared borders as in FrontPage, support for FrontPage themes, optional HTTP/HTTPS redirecting for secure web sites.

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Author: Richard Stockley

Latest version: 1.1.0.3
Added 2004-07-19

PocketNerd Productivity Tool (PocketProd) is an add-in for Visual Studio .NET.
The aim of the add-in is to provide a simple, flexible way of extending the Visual Studio .NET IDE. Custom functionality can be added to any of the context menus within the IDE or to the PocketProd tree view.
PocketProd also installs tools that are both useful developer tools and examples of how the VS.NET IDE can be extended:
- Adding and updating code documentation
- Encrypting and decrypting text and files
- Testing XPath and XSLT queries and transformations
- Performing code validation using FxCop
- Generating code documentation output using NDoc

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Dexter

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Author: NilgiriHouse.com

Latest version: 1.0
Added 2004-01-12

Add-in providing automatic code completion for Visual Studio.
When you begin to type in a language statement (e.g. an if or while statement) Dexter will recognise this and automatically complete it for you.

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EiffelStudio

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Author: Eiffel Software

Latest version: 5.6
Added 2003-05-20Updated 2005-11-05

IDE for the Eiffel language.
Features include:
- Design by contract
- Multiple inheritance
- .NET compatibility: allows you to create applications that can interoperate and share code with any other .NET language

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CodeRush Xpress

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Author: Developer Express

Latest version: 2009.2.4
Added 2009-09-08

Assistance add-in for Visual Studio 2008.

Features include:
- Selection features: select code more efficiently
- Code navigation features: seven features to make getting to that important location fast and easy
- Declaration features: declare classes, members, fields, local variables and more
- Over 50 refactorings for C# and VB: Changing Signatures, Conditionals, Declaration and Initialization, Expressions, Lambda Expressions and Anonymous Methods, Loops and Blocks, Properties and Fields, Moving/Extracting Methods, Resource Files and Strings, Types, Visibility

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StudioSpell

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Author: Keyoti

Latest version: 3.0
Added 2007-01-11

Speller add-in for Visual Studio 2002/2003/2005 for checking a web page's HTML and strings in source code.
StudioSpell analyzes only the text that could appear in-front of a user.

Features include:
- Summary screen shows all errors found in project prior to launching dialog checker
- Prechecks files for spelling errors before querying the user when cycling through documents
- Checks API documentation
- Checks string literals inside script tags (Javascript and/or server code)
- Can ignore URLs and emails and warn about duplicate words
- Options and custom dictionaries are savable with a project, or globally
- Files to check are user configurable; By default StudioSpell recognizes and checks aspx, cs, vb, jsl, ascx, htm, html, asp, cpp, resx, xml
- Cycles through multiple levels of project items (eg. sub-folders, and project items under main project items)

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MonoDevelop

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Latest version: 2.4 Beta 2
Added 2004-07-02Updated 2010-06-04

IDE primarily designed for C# and other .NET languages.

Features include:
- Code completion: attempts to complete type, method and field names as you're typing.
- Class management: a class viewer allows you to list the classes in your project, their methods, and properties. Your namespaces are also kept track of to keep the classes separated.
- Integrated debugger.
- Built-in help: the .NET documentation and the Gtk# documentation are built into MonoDevelop.
- Project support: comes with built in projects that help get you started with your console, Gnome# or Gtk# application.
- MSBuild file format support.
- Add-ins: an add-in engine, which together with a modular API and a complete set of extension points, provides a platform upon which to build your own development tools. MonoDevelop also provides an Add-in Manager you can use to install add-ins from online repositories.
- Supports Windows and Mac OSX

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Delphi Prism

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Author: Embarcadero Technologies

Latest version: 2010
Added 2008-12-08Updated 2009-10-20

Development solution for .NET and Mono.

Features include:
- Delphi Prism programming language for .NET and Mono
- Visual Studio based IDE included or install into Visual Studio
- Support for Windows Forms, WPF, Silverlight, ASP.NET and LINQ
- ADO.NET database connectivity plus dbExpress for InterBase
- Database modeling and design based on ER/Studio
- DataSnap client creation
- Blackfish SQL database with included deployment license
- Powered by RemObjects Oxygene compiler technology

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SmartTasks

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Author: Innovasys

Information manager allowing you to create, link and organize tasks, contacts and notes.
Integration with Visual Studio allows to link tasks to VS projects, files or procedures.

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Guidance Automation Toolkit

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Author: Microsoft

Latest version: February 2008
Added 2008-02-17

Using the GAT, you can make reusable code and pattern assets directly available in Visual Studio 2005 and 2008.
The GAT is designed to simplify integrating reusable code into applications allowing architects to automate development activities that developers would usually have to perform manually; often by following a series of instructions. By using the toolkit, architects can also ensure that repetitive and often error-prone activities are performed in a consistent manner, streamlining and accelerating the development process.
The toolkit can be used with assets developed in-house or by third parties; such as the assets created by the Microsoft patterns & practices team. These assets can be exposed to developers within Visual Studio, and in some cases, configured by using configuration files, templates, and wizards.
In order to use GAT, you must first install the Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX), which expands Visual Studio by allowing guidance packages to run.

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Spelly

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Author: Oz Solomonovich

Allows to easily spell-check source code and/or comments.

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CodeSpell

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Author: Exact Magic Software

Latest version: 2.0
Added 2007-12-22

Provides real-time, detection and correction of misspelled words to the Visual Studio editor.
CodeSpell helps you to spot and correct mistakes in symbols, comments, plain text files, HTML/ASP.NET tags and more.

Features include:
- Works with dictionaries: CodeSpell maintains two separate dictionaries, one for the user and one for the solution. Both are used to supplement the built in dictionary with additional words of your own choosing.
- Checks your spelling as you type: Any words not appearing in the dictionary will appear underlined in the familiar wavy red line style.
- Spell checks your solution: You can use the CodeSpell tool window to spell check your solution in a non-modal window. Any misspelled words will appear in the spell check results window, grouped by file.
- Can ignore individual files or particular file extensions
- For Visual Studio 2005 or 2008

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Author: MZTools Software

Latest version: 2005
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All-in-one add-in for Visual Studio 2002/2003/2005 that adds 40+ features to the IDE: Code Templates, Detect dead code, Find and Replace All, TabIndex Assistant, Favorite Procedures, Favorite Solutions, HTML/XML Documentation, Private Clipboards, Select Case Assistant, Sort Procedures, Collapse Projects, Split/Combine Lines, Open Folder of File, MsgBox Assistant, Connect String Assistant and more.

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Net Express with .NET

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Author: Micro Focus

Latest version: 5.1
Added 2009-09-23

COBOL development environment for extending core business processes to the .NET Framework and other distributed platforms.

Features include:
- integration with Visual Studio and the .NET Framework
- direct COBOL Web services capabilities
- J2EE connectivity
- XML support

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Tabs Studio

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Author: Sergey Vlasov

Latest version: 2.0
Added 2009-09-01Updated 2010-05-04

Visual Studio add-in that replaces the built-in window tabs bar with a more advanced one.
Features include:
- multi-row support (making all tabs always visible)
- automatic tab grouping by name (to preserve screen space and to keep relevant tabs close to each other)
- MDI mode support

Supports Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010 and SQL Server Management Studio 2005/2008.

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MeneesVSTools

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Author: Menees Software

Latest version: 2008
Added 2008-04-21

Add-ins that provide new commands for the Visual Studio

Commands include: Sort, Trim, Statistics, Run Text, Execute File, Stream Text, Comment, Generate Prime, Generate GUID, Check Spelling, Toggle Files, Close All Except, Toggle Read-Only, Add Region (VS 2005+ Only), Base Converter (VS 2005+ Only).
Supports VS 2008/2005/2003.

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Spell Checker Add-In for Visual Studio

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Author: Microsoft

Spell checker for HTML, ASP.NET, JScript, VB, C#, CSS and C++ for Visual Studio 2005 and 2008.
Supports text verification in:
- HTML style comments <-- HTML -->
- ASP.NET server side comments: <%-- ASP.NET --%>
- JScript, C# and C++ comments: // C++ style comments
- CSS and C style comments: /* C style comments */
- VB and VBScript style comments: 'This is VB comment
Spell checking is supported in style and script blocks as well as in JS, CS, VB, CSS, CPP and H files.
Requirements: Visual Studio 2008 or 2005, any edition except Express; Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007.

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SharpDevelop

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Author: IC#SharpCode

Latest version: 3.0 Beta 3
Added 2003-05-20Updated 2009-01-07

#develop (short for SharpDevelop) is a free open-source IDE for C#, VB.NET, Boo, IronPython and F# projects.

Features include:
- Forms designer
- Code completion; Code AutoInsert
- C# to VB.NET converter and VB.NET to C# converter
- XML Editing
- NUnit, PartCover, FxCop, WiX support
- Assembly analyzer
- XML documentation preview
- Everything templated: add new project or file types, or even compilers to SharpDevelop
- Component inspector
- Code navigation history
- Supports targeting different frameworks (.NET 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, Mono, Compact Framework)
- Parallel build support for multi-core machines
- Hosting of SharpDevelop in third-party applications

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yatools.net

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Latest version: 0.4 Beta
Added 2009-01-26

YAML editor based on Visual Studio.

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Code Templates

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Author: AderSoftware

Latest version: 1.0.1
Added 2004-10-12

Add-in to Visual Studio .NET for code template completion from keywords.
If you've used SharpDevelop, Homesite or Cold Fusion Studio, it works like in those products.
For example if you setup the following code template:
  keyword: font
  code: <font size=2>|</font>
then in the HTML editor type "font" and hit the shortcut for this tool, it will replace font with <font size=2></font> and place the cursor where | is in the code template.

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Rapid Layout .NET

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Author: Jalindi Software

Latest version: 2005.2
Added 2006-04-24

Layout panel for Visual Studio 2005 that enhances the development of Windows Forms or dialogs.
Rapid Layout .NET enables GUI designers to align components against form borders, special guide lines or other components. The spacing, positioning and sizing of components will be correct regardless of window size, font style or language. This is achieved with an interactive extension to the Microsoft forms designer.

Supports Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Visual Studio 2005 (including Express).

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Visual Assist X

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Author: Whole Tomato Software

Latest version: 10.2.1445.0
Added 2004-02-04Updated 2006-06-02

Add-In to Visual Studio that provides enhancements to help you write code.
Visual Assist X provides assistance for the programming languages of Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio .NET, including C/C++, C#, ASP, Visual Basic, Java and HTML. The product also offers assistance for C/C++ users of Visual C++ 6.0 and 5.0.

Features include:
- Suggestions and acronyms: write code with a fraction of the characters
- Enhanced syntax coloring: "speed read" code as you identify classes, methods and variables
- Improved Intellisense: decipher unfamiliar code
- Underlining of spelling mistakes: correct as you type

Previous name: Visual Assist .NET

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Visual Studio SDK

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Author: Microsoft

Latest version: 2010
Added 2006-03-16Updated 2010-04-23

Provides tools and templates for building Visual Studio extensions.
By using the Visual Studio 2010 SDK, you can build your own tool windows, create menu commands, and add extensions to the new Visual Studio editor and other features.

The Visual Studio 2010 SDK includes project templates that help developers create tool windows, menu commands, isolated shell projects, and editor extensions. The editor extensions include text adornments, colorizers, and margins.

The Visual Studio 2010 SDK also includes build tasks that help developers build and debug extensions. Building and debugging are managed in a second instance of Visual Studio named the experimental instance. The experimental instance provides a test bed for extensions without changing the primary installation of Visual Studio.

The SDK also puts shortcuts to online documentation, samples, and other developer resources on the Start menu.

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C#Builder Goodies

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Categories: Documentation - Code commenting, IDEs - IDE add-ins

Author: KyrSoft

Latest version: 1.1
Added 2005-10-27

Add-on module for the Borland C#Builder IDE that helps you to perform C# language specific reserved keyword and XML documentation autocompletions inside the C#Builder editor. Further it also includes a quick access WYSIWYG XML to HTML viewer helper and a keycode analyzer helper.

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SlickEdit Gadgets

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Author: SlickEdit

Latest version: 1.1
Added 2006-12-27

Collection of gadgets for Visual Studio 2005.

Gadgets include:
- Editor gadgets: Line ruler, Indentation guide, Auto-copy selection, Editor Graphic
- Command Spy
- File Explorer
- Data Object Analyzer
- SLOC Report

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Resource Editor for VS.Net

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Author: Gastˇn Milano

Latest version: 1.1
Added 2004-05-30

Resource editor for .NET .resx resource files integrated with Visual Studio.
Features include editing and saving images from a .resx file, as well as generation of a strongly typed resource class.

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Visual Perl

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Author: ActiveState

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VSCmdShell Window

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Author: Josh Ledgard

Latest version: 0.8
Added 2004-07-19

The VSCmdShell Window is a tool window for Visual Studio that creates an instance of the cmd.exe shell running inside the IDE. It also allows you to run Visual Studio commands from your current directory. The available commands can be automatically displayed and auto-completed.

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Visual Studio Converter

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Utility that converts projects from Visual Studio .NET 2003 to Visual Studio .NET 2002.

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Eclipse4SL

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Categories: IDEs - IDE add-ins, SVG - XAML - WPF - Silverlight

Author: Soyatec

Latest version: 1.0
Added 2008-10-13Updated 2009-10-31

Open Source application development environment for Silverlight in Eclipse.

Features include:
- Silverlight 2.0 support
- C# code editor with syntax colorization, keywords and template code completion assist
- Silverlight project system and Silverlight compiler
- Project resource management in Eclipse IDE
- Project explorer to show a configuration view of project resources
- XAML editor and preview: editor with code hinting and code completion features that helps detect and correct coding errors
- Automatic Build & Run
- Configurable Web application launch facilities
- Move and Rename refactorings
- Media features
- Cross platform capabilities (Mac version)
- Defects and regression testing
- Developer usability testing

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Windows Phone Developer Tools

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Author: Microsoft

Latest version: 1.0 CTP - April 2010 Refresh
Added 2010-05-04

IDE and development tools for Windows Phone 7.

The Windows Phone Developer Tools includes:
- Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
- Windows Phone Emulator
- Silverlight for Windows Phone
- XNA Game Studio 4.0

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Visual3D.NET

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Categories: Frameworks, Graphics, IDEs - IDE add-ins, RAD - Dev automation

Author: RealmWare Corporation

Latest version: Beta 1.3
Added 2006-03-20Updated 2007-09-05

Shader-based 3D engine and design toolset for rapid development of 3D games and simulations built on .NET and XNA.
Visual3D.NET provides a visual authoring environment for the design, development, and rapid prototyping of interactive 3D applications including PC and Xbox 360 games, Massive-multiplayer online games (MMOs), simulations, marketing demos, visualizations, engineering environments, and other 3D virtual worlds. This platform is not geared exclusively towards game development, but instead provides a suite of visual tools for rapid, component-based construction of scenes, object behaviors, application workflow, and action sequences as well as tools for application module management and object prototyping.

Features include:
- 3D engine with middleware technologies including 3D Graphics, Animation, GUIs, Physics, Audio, Input, Networking, AI Behaviors
- Shader-based 3D graphics with normal mapping, displacement mapping, shadows, terrain, dynamic visual effects
- Construct environments from objects
- Prototype actors with behaviors for interactivity
- Script Logic with C#, Visual Basic, JavaScript, C++, Java, Python, and Script Diagrams
- Extend the world, engine, and toolset with Visual Studio
- Deploy on PC and Xbox 360 with XNA Framework
- Expand with end-user modding and scenario creation
- Continue using tailored tools and reusable content for the next worlds...

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StudioTools

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Author: Exact Magic Software

Latest version: 2.0
Added 2007-12-22

Add-ins for Visual Studio with features such as navigation, code metrics, and file explorer.

Features include:
- Code Metrics View: Adds a variety of commonly used code metrics to Visual Studio, just like those in the Team Edition
- Smart Goto: Overrides the default Visual Studio Ctrl+G to provide quick keyboard access to just about anything in your solution. Smart Goto can take you to any file, symbol, type, or line number.
- Open File by Name: Gives you quick keyboard access to open any file in your solution by typing the first few letters of its name.
- Tear Off Editor Window: Let's you float multiple, independent editor windows.
- Incremental Search
- File Explorer: Gives you a file explorer to let you access files in your solution or not. You can copy, delete, rename.
- For Visual Studio 2005 or 2008

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NetCommander

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Author: HHI Software

Latest version: 2.0.12
Added 2004-10-07

Add-in that adds productivity tools to Visual Studio .NET.
Features include: menus for comments, menus for windows, menus for error handling, menus for design, menus for various utilities, persisten global bookmarks.

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