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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 IDE Enhancements

Visual Studio 2005 IDE Enhancements are a set of Visual Studio extensions that are designed to make you more productive. These enhancements are directly integrated into the Visual Studio IDE. Previously, these enhancements were only available via the Visual Studio 2005 SDK. This installation does not require Visual Studio 2005 SDK.

Source Code Outliner : The Source Outliner tool is a Visual Studio extension that 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:The Visual C++ Code Snippets tool 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 : The Indexed Find tool is a Visual Studio extension that uses the Microsoft Indexing Service to provide improved Search capabilities to the integrated development environment (IDE). It sends the results of a search to the Output Window.

Super Diff Utility: The Super Diff Find tool is a Visual Studio extension that 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: The Event Toaster tool is a Visual Studio extension that notifies users about specific events within the Visual Studio IDE.


Download Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 IDE Enhancements

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Foxit Reader 2.0 is just released.

"Foxit Reader 2.0 is a free PDF document viewer and printer, with incredible small size (only 1.5 M download size), breezing-fast launch speed and amazingly rich feature set. Foxit Reader 2.0 supports Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/2003. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.6."

New Features

  • Interactive form filler: Now you don't have to print out PDF forms first and then manually fill out paper forms. Instead, you can use PC to fill out interactive forms directly, and then print them out, save them, email them or export the form data into FDF file for further processing.
  • Multi-language UI that can be dynamically switched: The user interface of Foxit Reader now can be switched to different languages dynamically, thanks to the generous help from our user community.
  • On-demand download of add-on: With add-ons, the function of Foxit Reader can be extended unlimitedly. Advanced feature modules and seldom-used modules are packed as add-on to be downloaded when needed.
  • Self-upgrade: In the past, when you want to upgrade Foxit Reader, you have to frequently visit Foxit website, check for new release, and then manually download the new version, uninstall the old version and re-install the new version. Now this whole process is simplified and you only need to click on the menu item "Check for update now".
  • Javascript support: Advanced users are able to use Javascript to create complex logic for PDF forms, to validate user input and process data.
  • Improved printing speed: Printing a PDF file with many images on it to a PostScript printer used to be slow. Version 2.0 has been optimized for such printing.
  • Streamlined UI: Version 2.0 comes with a neat UI. Annotation tool buttons are grouped together and no longer being showed on several toolbars.

    Download Foxit Reader 2.0

    Wednesday, October 04, 2006

    The Most Intelligent Integrated Team Environment - TeamCity

    JetBrains has released their integrated team environment.

    TeamCity provides intelligent, automated running and monitoring of build processes, and facilitates integration of changes for developers working on both .Net and Java platforms.


    Top features include:

    • Continuous Integration Support - remotely integrate and test code changes many times a day utilizing NUnit (.NET) or JUnit (Java) testing frameworks. 
    •  Effective Build Management allows running builds using such popular build tools as NAnt, MSBuild, Ant, and Maven, and immediately provides information about build results via the web interface or a special Windows Tray Notifier add-in. When a build fails, any developer can take responsibility for fixing it and quickly notify other team members that the problem is being handled.
    • Innovative "Build Grid" which can utilize multiple computing
      resources anywhere on your network so developers' computers don't get bogged down. Each computer in the build grid can define its own environmental parameters and TeamCity intelligently distributes testing and builds among appropriate machines as resources are available.
    • Web-based Administration - developers and their managers can easily get build and test reports, see the current build status, and configure all the necessary build settings using the rich web interface. Build history and all built artifacts are also accessible.

    [Via LarkWare News]



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    Monday, October 02, 2006

    Replacing the DHTML Editing Control in Windows Vista and Beyond

    "The DHTML Editing Control will not be included in Windows Vista. Web pages and Windows applications that use the control must be modified to continue to provide a WYSIWYG HTML Editor."

    To read more about this, check out the MSDN article at


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