Editing Markdown in Visual Studio 2015

Add-ins & Extensions, Visual Studio 2015
It seems that every day I find myself editing markdown files more and more. I like the simplicity of markdown when it comes to creating documentation. While I realize that markdown isn’t nearly as flexible as full-on HTML I like that it forces me to keep my documents simple and clean.I’ve tried a LOT of markdown editors. I’ve tried on-line editors as well as editors I’ve installed on Windows. For me, personally, I prefer to have the editor installed on my machine in case I want to edit documents offline.Lots of Choices!For the past couple of years I’ve been using a tool called MarkdownPad 2. While this is a capable editor it doesn’t seem to be updated any more. If you want it to work on Windows 10 you have…
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Visual Studio 2015 Tag Admin Extension

Add-ins & Extensions, TFS 2013, Visual Studio Online
If you are currently using Visual Studio 2015 Preview, and you make use of the Tag feature within Team Foundation Server (TFS) and/or Visual Studio Online (VSO), then you will want to give the Tag Admin for Visual Studio 2015 extension a go!This new extension is brought to you by the same folks that created the Team Rooms Extension for Visual Studio 2013 and supports both TFS (2013 Update 3 and greater) and VSO.The features enabled by this extension include:View Active TagsOnce you’ve installed the extension, click on the Tag Admin link on the Home hub of the Team Explorer pane:This will display a list of tags for the currently selected team project (in the above example, I have the “Moonspace Labs” team project selected):You will notice that I currently…
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Team Rooms Extension for Visual Studio 2013

Add-ins & Extensions, Visual Studio 2013
With Team Foundation Server 2013 (and the related Team Foundation Service), Microsoft introduced Team Rooms. Team rooms allow you to collaborate across one or more projects (you can create as many team rooms as you like) using an interface similar to common chat software (e.g. Microsoft Communicator or Facebook chat). If you would like to dig into the details of Team Rooms, check out Mickey Gousset’s article in the September issue of Visual Studio Magazine, Team Foundation Server Team Rooms. Currently, if developers want to interact with other team members via Team Rooms, they must leave the Visual Studio IDE and switch over to a web browser to access the rooms. That is, until now. A new Visual Studio extension, Team Rooms for Visual Studio 2013, is now available that…
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TFS Build Manager for VS 2013 Updated

Add-ins & Extensions, TFS, Utilities
Today, the Community TFS Build Extensions on CodePlex released an update to the Community TFS Build Manager VS2013 add-in. If you spend any time at all managing multiple build definitions, build results, and/or build servers, then you need to give this add-in a try.Updates & fixes include:NEW - Search and replace workspace mappings NEW - Filter Build Definitions via text NEW - Access build logs in web access NEW - Build Duration and Agent Name columns NEW - Friendly Trigger Names NEW - Easily queue high priority builds NEW - Clone to Project FIX - Case insensitive comparisons when changing drop location of existing builds FIX - Invalid Project Reference issue FIX - Only change & save the new process template only if it's a different one FIX - UI…
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Indent Guides in Visual Studio 2010

Add-ins & Extensions, Visual Studio
A short while back, I blogged about some of my favorite Visual Studio extensions.  Recently, I discovered another (free) extension that I’ve really learned to love – the Indent Guides extension.  This extension does exactly what it says, it provides visible “indent guides” within the Visual Studio source code editor allowing you to easily track various levels of indentation throughout your source code. My favorite feature of the extension is the ability to modify the look of the indent guide lines at each level of indentation.  As you can see in the screenshot below, I’ve modified the guide lines for the 2nd level of indentation to be a red, dashed line (instead of a teal, dotted line).  This allows me to easily see the “top” level of the current method…
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Visual Studio 2010 Extensions

Add-ins & Extensions, Visual Studio
Visual Studio 2010 is a great integrated development environment (IDE) for developing all types of applications in multiple programming languages.  One of the (many) advantages of using a mature IDE like Visual Studio is that it is highly extensible.  Visual Studio has had a great community of developer-built extensions for a long time now.  However, until recent times, it wasn’t always easy to locate and install the extensions you needed or simply wanted.  This has changed. About two and a half years ago (give or take – my history is a little fuzzy) Microsoft introduced the Visual Studio Gallery.  This on-line “store” for Visual Studio provides “quick access to tools, controls, and templates to help you get the most out of Visual Studio”.  With the gallery came not only the…
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Team Foundation Sidekicks for TFS 2010

Add-ins & Extensions, TFS, Utilities, Visual Studio 2010
Attrice has released version 3.0 of their (most useful) Team Foundation Server Sidekicks for Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2.  This set of utilities has been sorely missed since TFS 2010 was first made available for testing.  This release has pretty much the same functionality as version 2.4 (for TFS 2005/2008) with the following exceptions: Permissions Sidekick: this sidekick is not available in this release (to be added back in 2010 RTM timeframe) Build Type editing (VS integration only): this feature is not available in this release Dynamic History support (VS integration only): the History toolwindow is updated only when it is visible alongside with Source Control Explorer and single instance of the window exists (in 2010 History toolwindow may have multiple instances) Read more about this release here –…
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Team Foundation Sidekicks Updated (v2.4)

Add-ins & Extensions, Team System, TFS, Utilities
First of all, if you are using Team Foundation Server and don’t currently make use of the Team Foundation Sidekicks (from Attrice Corporation), you should.  That said, Attrice has released an update (v2.4) to their current set of Team Foundation Sidekicks. This update resolves a few issues with the previous release as well as one new feature - “Users View Sidekick”, which offers the following features: Display all users in Valid Users group on TFS server Search users list by user name or display name This is the last planned release that will support TFS 2005/2008.  All future enhancements will target TFS 2010 with a beta (for VS 2010) possibly available by the end of the year. For more information: http://www.attrice.info/blog/2009/11/12/team-foundation-sidekicks-2-4-release/ http://www.attrice.info/cm/tfs/index.htm
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PowerCommands for VS 2008

Add-ins & Extensions, Utilities, Visual Studio
A short while ago I wrote a post about the MSDN Code Gallery.  For all intents and purposes I liked what I saw with a few exceptions (nothing major).  I even posted a simple Send Email Message snippet just to try it out.  Today, I noticed a new post that I think will prove to be very useful to many Visual Studio 2008 users - PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008.  This is a set of extensions for the Visual Studio 2008 IDE that offer various types of functionality, including: Collapse Projects Copy/Paste Class Copy/Paste References (this will be hugely popular in my opinion) Copy As Project Reference (another popular one) Edit Project File Open Containing Folder (very nice!) Open Command Prompt (also very nice!) Unload/Reload Projects Remove and Sort Usings…
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TFS/MSBuild Sidekicks Updates

Add-ins & Extensions, TFS, Utilities
The Attrice corporation has been hard at work updating their set of Sidekick Utilities for VSTS/TFS 2008 (I know I'm excited!).  I've been using these tools for quite some time now and have been waiting for the upgrade ever since we updated to VSTS 2008 a month or so ago. First in line are the Team Foundation Sidekicks which includes the following features: History Sidekick - provides various functionality for viewing the history of items within version control. Status Sidekick - (I use this one a lot) - allows you to search and view pending changes for items based on user name, project name, and/or a given date range.  Based on the current status of an item you have the option to undo a pending change or lock. Workspace Sidekick…
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