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2008-03-25
Hello SharpToolbox fans,
 
Welcome to this new edition of our newsletter!
 
It will be a really short message. I just want to let you know that I've added two new attributes to SharpToolbox.com: Built for Silverlight and Built for .NET 4.
You can get more information on my blog.
 
There is also a LINQ category, which was added in October.
 
The home page has also been reworked a bit some time ago, and there is now a dedicated search page
 
If you have submitted tools, please be patient. I have a lot to process and I've been busy, as usual... By the way, did you try Sesame Data Browser?
 
Until next time,
 
http://Proagora.com
2008-03-25
Hello SharpToolbox fans,
 
Welcome to this new edition of our newsletter!
 
In this edition, I'd like to let you know that we've just started a new wave of updates on the website.
 
Regarding content, there are currently 1071 active tools, libraries and components referenced in the box. The list keeps growing. But I've been doing some cleaning, because some old tools are now discontinued. 137 tools are now flagged as such on the site.
Please note that it usually takes some time before a submission gets processed. So, please be patient when you submit something. Of course, this shouldn't prevent you from reporting new tools and new versions! Keep your submissions and emails coming. They really help us to keep the site up-to-date.
 
Latest additions:
  • Smarties 2008 - Plugin for Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 with features such as Code Organisation, Refactorings, Code Generations, and Data Commands.
  • Database Restyle - Library - Component for script generation to synchronize database structure.
  • SQLDirect .NET - Native data provider for SQL Server.
  • SqlTac - Tool for DBAs and developers that provides database management features and extends LINQ to SQL's SqlMetal.
  • Mole - Visual Studio debug visualizer With property editing.
  • Zeta Resource Editor - Utility application to edit string resources inside multiple resource files side-by-side.
  • Resource Refactoring Tool - Provides developers a way to extract hard coded strings from the code to resource files.
  • StrataFrame - Layered application framework.
  • Contacts Reader .NET - C# library for retrieving the address books or contact lists from mail client websites using user id and password.
Latest updates:
I take this opportunity to thank our sponsors this month: Vanatec OpenAccess and Stimulsoft Reports.Net.
 
Regarding features, several things are in the works. You can already use our latest feature, which was deployed a few weeks ago. Simply visit any category on the site, and you'll notice that you can now use a panel to set display options and filter the page's content.
 
display options
 
Please let us know what you think about this new feature, and feel free to suggest more features.
I can't tell you more at this point about what's cooking next, but you can expect to see new features and several surprises appear over the coming months...
 
In this edition, I'd like also to add a word about the book named LINQ in Action. I'm a co-author of this book. It was published last month, and is already a big success :-)
LINQ book
You can learn more about this book on the dedicated website. If you want to see what readers think about it, you can read the list of reviews and quotes that I have collected.
 
That's all for today. You'll find more information in the next edition of this newsletter, and hopefully you won't have to wait for too long before it gets sent :-)
 
Best regards,
 
 
PS: If you use Java in addition to .NET, don't forget to visit http://JavaToolbox.com
2007-11-02
Hello SharpToolbox fan,

Welcome to this newsletter. This the second edition.
Well yes, only the second newsletter... I know it's been a long time since the first one. But this will improve in the coming months!

This time, I juste wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that I will be at TechEd Europe in Barcelona next week. If you are there too, maybe it's a good opportunity to meet?
Feel free to drop me a mail. I'll be at the Ask The Experts booths for a few hours during the week. You'll be able to find me wearing an ATE shirt or a more customized t-shirt.

Regarding SharpToolbox, for the moment, there are 1050 tools and components in the box. And the list keeps growing!
We are a bit behind on the submissions, so please be patient if you have submitted something.
Several things are in the works. I can't tell you more at this point, but you can expect to see new features and several surprises appear before the end of the year...

That's all for today. I promise that you'll find more information in the next edition of this newsletter, and that you won't have to wait for years before it gets sent.
I hope to see you during TechEd so we can discuss about SharpToolbox, .NET, and many more things!

Regards,

Fabrice Marguerie
metaSapiens
http://SharpToolbox.com
http://JavaToolbox.com
http://proagora.com
http://LinqInAction.net
2005-09-05
Hello SharpToolbox visitors,

Some of you may have subscribed to this newsletter quite a while ago, still this is the first edition!

What are the news? With 765 active tools and libraries, SharpToolbox has gone a long way and still has a promising future.
Some submissions are still in the pipe and will be handled soon. In the coming months, we can expect to have new or updated products with support for .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005.
I am always thinking about improvements of the site. For example, I am still considering whether SharpToolbox should list visual components (controls), and how. I'm not sure that mixing controls with the current tools and libraries is a good idea. Creating new categories may be an idea. Creating a dedicated web site may be too much. What do you think?

Nothing much happened during the last weeks because of vacations. To celebrate the end of the holidays (is this something to be celebrated?), what about starting with a raffle?
Subscribers to this newsletter are entitled to win a SmartInspect Professional license offered by Gurock Software. One license will be awarded each of the coming months.
As a subscriber to the newsletter, there is nothing you need to do to take part to the raffle! The results of the first raffle wave will be given in one month. Good luck!
See http://www.gurock.com/products/smartinspect/ to learn more about SmartInspect.

Are you working with Java? Did you know that http://JavaToolbox.com exists?

If you like SharpToolbox or JavaToolbox, please spread the word and link to us. This is the best you can do to help :-)

Thanks,
Fabrice Marguerie
http://SharpToolbox.com
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