Announcing Sandcastle

We will be releasing the CTP version of Sandcastle shortly. There are couple places (download at our download center and also as a part of VS SDK) we are targeting to release our CTP version. Also as soon as the CTP is posted I will provide the information here so that you can download and use Sandcastle. In addition we plan to include Sandcastle in our August CTP release of VS SDK.


Mission Statement:

Enable managed class library developers throughout the world to easily create accurate, informative documentation with a common look and feel


Sandcastle Overview:

  • Produces quality, comprehensive, familiar MSDN-like documentation.
  • Works with or without authored comments.
  • Supports Generics and .NET Framework 2.0
  • Sandcastle has 2 main components (MrefBuilder and Build Assembler)
  • MrefBuilder generates reflection xml file for Build Assembler
  • Build Assembler includes syntax generation, transformation..etc
  • Sandcastle is used internally to build .Net Framework documentation



Comments (13)

  1. nuggetboy says:

    Any chance this will be released BEFORE the next VS SDK?  Sorry, but you’ve got us all pretty antsy for this.

  2. Garry Trinder says:

    You mean the August VS SDK? Certainly yes and I will provide additional info. about the release shortly.


  3. I’m still waiting for the CTP of Sandcastle to be released. I’ve been expecting it for some weeks…

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  5. matt.tester says:

    Looking forward to the release. Building code comment pages is a feature I really missed from VS2003 … what’s the history behind it being missing in VS2005?

  6. bryant says:

    Can you define shortly?

  7. CoqBlog says:

    Alors qu’on parle de plus en plus de Sandcastle, un blog MSDN lui étant dédié vient d’être ouvert : Sandcastle…

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  9. frankkroondijk says:

    Visual Studio 2005 Sandcastle Add-In

    For the ones having troubles with the scripts, here a super easy add-in, with source code.

    Having troubles getting it started?, let me know!


    Post with rest of the links:


    Frank Kroondijk


  10. CoqBlog says:

    Alors qu’on parle de plus en plus de Sandcastle, un blog MSDN lui étant dédié vient d’être ouvert : Sandcastle

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