Strong free one two combination for creating localized applications

So you started your application and now realize you’ve hardcoded strings and you need to start offering localized version.  There are two freely available tools you can use to help with this transition.  Step One: Remove hardcoded strings and put them in resource files.  Our team released the 1.0 version of the Resource Refactoring tool…

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Refactor String Resources to Resx Files in Vb.Net and C#

Last week our team released the 1.0 beta of a new refactoring menu option for Visual Studio 2005.  Bertan, the developer, has the details on his blog. The Resource Refactoring Tool provides developers an easy way to extract hard coded strings from the code to resource files. We have finished working on the beta version…

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Creating a simple multi-install package for your customers

If you’ve downloaded something like the “Google Pack” in the past and wanted something like that for your companies products. Something that, with a small footprint, lets users pick and choose a suite of components to install, downloads the requested components on request, and installs them all in one swoop.  Then I’d recommend you check…

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VSCmdShell 1.1 Released to Codeplex

To catch everyone up… The VSCmdShell provides users with a shell window inside the Visual Studio IDE that can be used for Visual Studio commands as well. Current version allows user to use either Windows Command Shell (cmd.exe) or Windows PowerShell. Well, last month we shipped a 1.0 version for VS2005 to codeplex and this…

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John D’Addamio’s blog : Power Toys and code coverage

 John is the lone SDET on the developer solutions team. He’s fairly outnumbered by his developer and PM counterparts so, he spends a good amount of his time working on ways to automate and increase the amount of testing provided by unit tests and the other members of the team.  Oh, and now he’s blogging to. …

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Help us find VSCmdShell Bugs

Our team is going to release a 1.1 update of the VSCmdShell tool window for Visual Studio and we are spending the day looking for bugs.  Because the project is public you can participate as well. Head on over to the codeplex site http://www.codeplex.com/WorkItem/List.aspx?ProjectName=VSCmdShell sign in, and file some bugs.  You can see all the…

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Developer Solutions Sprint 6: BPA Tool, 1.1 Releases, & The Developer Power Pack

Today the Developer Solutions team has begun its 6th five week sprint.  Sprint 5 saw the release of the VSCmdShell tool & an Alpha of our Best Practices Analyzer for ASP.Net 2.0. There was buy-off to begin working with CSS on a detailed plan for a CSS involvement in released product communities.  We also prototyped…

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Next Prototype Tool: Resource Refactoring

Bertan recently blogged about his next project. Feel free to leave him feedback. I saw the demo and it’s a slick feature.  Unfortunately not much dev work is going to get done in the meantime… he’s out for four weeks on vacation to get married and enjoy a honeymoon… and when he gets back his…

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Know & love your big picture

This is a question that just about every PM at Microsoft has to answer frequently.  “What’s your big picture?” or “How does this fit into the big picture?”  Our culture is one of visualization and we love our grand views. (Hidden pun most certainly intended… sometimes we love our big pictures a bit too much, but that’s…

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Solutions Developer Bertan Blogs

I don’t think I’d yet linked to another member of our team that now has a blog.  Bertan is blogging as well.  (http://blogs.msdn.com/bertan/)He’s a developer working on the Power Toys. Currently he’s working on an update to the VSCmdShell project & a “Resource Refactoring Tool”.   I’ve also udpated the widget on the right side of…

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