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35 freeware dev/test tools for .NET and SQL geeks

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    TheSchwartz

    About a third are open source as well as freeware.  Hightlights:

    - Extensible add-in for the VS.NET IDE
    - Script generator for SQL schema and data
    - Plugin library makes plugins easy
    - Compression library doubles IIS performance
    - Web chat component without ActiveX or Java

    http://www.ms-inc.net/Products.aspx

    Enjoy!  And please help spread the word! 

    TheSchwartz

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    BenZila

    TheSchwartz wrote:
    About a third are open source as well as freeware.  Hightlights:

    - Extensible add-in for the VS.NET IDE
    - Script generator for SQL schema and data
    - Plugin library makes plugins easy
    - Compression library doubles IIS performance
    - Web chat component without ActiveX or Java

    http://www.ms-inc.net/Products.aspx

    Enjoy!  And please help spread the word! 

    TheSchwartz


    Thanks for the headsup.

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    blowdart

    guid generator? Where was that last week when I was writing wix scripts Smiley

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    TheSchwartz

    Been downloadable for about two years now.  Thus, 'Please help spread the word.'  Smiley

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    blowdart

    TheSchwartz wrote:

    Been downloadable for about two years now.  Thus, 'Please help spread the word.' 



    Heh, I'll go ahead and install when my new hard drive arrives. No sense in doing it whilst my laptop needs rebooting every few hours.

    The main question is, of course, does your uninstaller mess up VS like resharpers? Wink

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    TheSchwartz

    40000 downloads served, and noone's reported us messing up VS yet.  Course, it could be noone has ever uninstalled our stuff.  Wink

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    ScanIAm

    blowdart wrote:
    guid generator? Where was that last week when I was writing wix scripts


    Er, was Guid.NewGuid() too complicated for you?

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    blowdart

    ScanIAm wrote:
    blowdart wrote:guid generator? Where was that last week when I was writing wix scripts


    Er, was Guid.NewGuid() too complicated for you?


    In a text editor?

    Do you know how many fricking guids a wix file needs?

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    ScanIAm

    for(x = 0;x<(number of guids needed);x++)
       Console.writeline(Guid.NewGuid().ToString(<pick format>);

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    blowdart

    ScanIAm wrote:
    for(x = 0;x<(number of guids needed);x++)
       Console.writeline(Guid.NewGuid().ToString(<pick format>);



    And then cut and paste from the console.
    Or a text file.

    Whereas a button which inserts at the cursor ...

    See?

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    ScanIAm

    Yes, I see. 

    I'm poking fun. 

    I do see the use in all of these apps!

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    TheSchwartz

    Poke fun, it's ok.  I am TheSchwartz, words will never hurt me.  Smiley

    Seriously, a guid generator ships with SharpTools - look for the {a} toolbar button.  You click it, then click the Go button, and SharpTools pastes a generated guid into the IDE at the current selection point.  Since that is one too many clicks, if you download SharpTools and want to modify the source for that plugin, I'll be glad to send it to you. 

    And anyway, a better way to do it is write a custom plugin which either a) replaces all instances of 'GUIDgoesHERE' in a script file with a GUID or b) completely automates the generation of each line of script in your file, including but not limited to the GUID.  We'll help you get started with those too, if you want to take the time to learn SharpTools. It's worth it.

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