May 19, 2006

Power Toys for Visual Studio

Microsoft's Developer Solution team has recently announce the Shared Source release of a number of v1.0 Power Toys for Visual Studio on CodePlex.

CodePlex is the cool new community development Web site for distributed and collaborative software development.

The Power Toys for Visual Studio Collection includes many widely requested tools and utilities for enhancing and customizing Visual Studio, including:

  • MSBee - an addition to MSBuild that allows developers to build managed applications in Visual Studio 2005 that target .NET 1.1
  • Team Foundation Server Admin Tool - allows a TFS administrator to quickly add and modify user permissions to all three platforms utilized by TFS.
  • Managed Stack Explorer - a lightweight tool that provides a quick and easy way to monitor .NET 2.0 managed processes and their stacks.

Each VS Power Toy release contains

  • Well-documented source code for community members to jump in and start coding
  • Unit tests for all mainline functionality
  • Build and Test scripts, similar to BVTs, to ensure high-quality check-ins
  • Extended documentation, including basic documentation, developer design docs, and test plans
  • Getting Started guide, including future work items for the 1.1 release

Go try them for yourself.

Entry categories: Dot NET Microsoft OSS Programming
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