Visual Studio Team Edition for DB Pros

Team System, Visual Studio
Visual Studio Team Edition for DB Pros CTP6 is now available. Check out Cameron's post for the full details. Here is an excerpt of what's new since CTP5:Full SQL Server 2000 & 2005 object support Extended Properties Support Inline constraint support Pre and Post script deployment population during Import Script Team Build Support Import Schema Wizard ( also integrated with the New Project Wizard ) The ability to synchronize your project from a database ( selective import essentially, based on differences. We heard your feedback! ) Refactoring is allowed in files that are in a warning state Overall stability and performance Fixed many customer reported problems Support for 3 and 4 part name resolution when referenced database is present on design instance No longer install SQL Express ( you'll notice…
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Consolas Font Pack for VS 2005

Visual Studio
Microsoft has released a set of monospaced ClearType fonts, called Consolas, intended for use in programming environments (e.g. VS 2005). In the past, I've not been a huge fan of ClearType fonts (they tend to look a little fuzzy to me). However, I've been using the Consolas fonts for about a day and, so far, I like it. I did have to bump my original font size up to 11 (from 10) to get rid of most of the "fuzziness". Per the Consolas download page:Brief DescriptionOptimized for Microsoft ClearTypeThe Microsoft Consolas Font Family is a set of highly legible fonts designed for ClearType. It is intended for use in programming environments and other circumstances where a monospaced font is specified. This installation package will set the default font for Visual…
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A GUID Debugger Visualizer for Visual Studio 2005

Utilities, Visual Studio
For those of you working in Visual Basic 2005, have you ever had a situation where you would like to view the value of a GUID variable during a debugging session?One of the nice additions to Visual Studio 2005 are debugger visualizers. During a debugging session you can just hover over a variable to view the contents of that variable. This works for almost all .NET data types. However, if you try it with a GUID value, you can't see the actual value - rather you see "{System.Guid}" or "Empty", if you expand the visualizer.I got tired of constantly typing "? guidVariable.ToString" in the Immediate window so I decided to create a GUID debugger visualizer. This visualizer allows you to view the actual value of the GUID variable, reset the…
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Visual Studio Team System Training

Training, Visual Studio
I came across a (relatively) new Microsoft site today that is dedicated to providing technical information for Visual Studio Team System.Here you can access comprehensive resources from introductory to expert that include both online and self-paced training, the latest technical articles, videos, evaluation downloads, Webcasts by Visual Studio Team System experts and more. Take the first step to expand your opportunities!There are a few "coming soon..." placeholders here and there but there is still a lot of good information on this site if you're interested in learning more about Team System.
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Cleaning the Visual Studio 2005 MRU List

Tips, Visual Studio
I came across this utility a while back that allows you to easily remove project items from the Visual Studio MRU list. It works for the 2002, 2003, and 2005 versions. I saw a post today on a forum asking for a utility to do this so I thought I'd post this out for others to see (source code is included).Check it out at: http://weblogs.asp.net/egarmon/archive/2005/02/04/366825.aspx
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WSCF – Schema-Based Contract-First Web Services

Add-ins & Extensions, Visual Studio
thinktecture has released Version 0.6 of their hugely popular Visual Studio Add-In for developing web services using a contract first approach. The new version has been updated to work with Visual Studio 2005 & .Net 2.0. This version also offers a command line interface to the code generation tool. Here are some highlights:Full support for Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0Generation of partial classesSupport for Nullable typesSupport for SOAP 1.2 bindingPascal case conversion is now optionalImproved support for generating code from SSL-hosted WSDLs The parameter ?wsdl can be configured to return the modeled WSDLOption for generating different styles of async calling codeOption for generating improved data binding code availableOption for generating List types instead of CollectionsAs always - it's free!
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