Announcing December 2006 Sandcastle CTP

  The December 2006 CTP version for Sandcastle is now available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E82EA71D-DA89-42EE-A715-696E3A4873B2&displaylang=en. Our sincere thanks to the Sandcastle user community and to Eric Woodruff for providing us with valuable feedback. What’s new in this version: Sandcastle installer is now setting the DXROOT environment variable to the installation directory. All config files new…

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Announcing RC0 of MSDN Wiki

I blogged about MSDN Wiki earlier at http://blogs.msdn.com/sandcastle/archive/2006/09/06/742352.aspx. Yesterday we released RC0 of MSDN Wiki. Please see Soma’s blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/archive/2006/12/07/rc-of-msdnwiki-available.aspx for details about this launch. Also yo can keep track of MSDN Wiki at http://blogs.msdn.com/msdnwiki/. The Community Content feature allows our community of developers worldwide to extend the official online documentation by adding tips, notes, code…

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A (Microsoft) code name a day: Sandcastle

I was thrilled to see Mary Jo Foley, from ZDNet, blog about Sandcastle at her “Microsoft Codenames” page. I met Mary at TechEd 2006 in Boston when my team was presenting a chalk talk on MSDN Wiki. I remember asking her after our talk to blog on MSDN Wiki.   Mary had the following about…

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Sandcastle article on Russian Software Developer Network (RSDN)

Nikita Zeemin is a Sandcastle user from Russia. He published an article on Sandacstle (in Russian) at RSDN. I wish I could read Russian to understand the article but the image in the article is a very good representation of the Sandcastle architecture. Please see http://rsdn.ru/?article/helpsystems/Sandcastle.xml. Thanks Nikita.   Otchin Karacho! (Super in Russian)!    Anand..

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Supporting Custom tags in Sandcastle

Sandcastle supports C# (and VB) xml tags for developer documentation comments. The list of c# tags are available at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/5ast78ax.aspx. We added the following new custom nDoc tags in November CTP (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E82EA71D-DA89-42EE-A715-696E3A4873B2&displaylang=en):   1.            <overloads> 2.            <preliminary> 3.            <threadsafety> 4.            <note>   These custom tags are supported in nDoc and you can see the tags…

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Generating friendly HTM file names from Sandcastle

Sandcastle generates GUID file names for HTM. With the release of November CTP you can generated friendly HTM names. The blog post http://blogs.msdn.com/sandcastle/archive/2006/07/29/Creating-a-Chm-build-using-Sandcastle.aspx explains steps for generating a CHM output. To generate friendly HTM names replace step 5 for transforming the output with the following:  XslTransform /xsl:..\..\ProductionTransforms\AddOverloads.xsl reflection.org /xsl:..\..\ProductionTransforms\AddFriendlyFilenames.xsl /out:reflection.xml   In the above step we releace…

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Announcing November 2006 Sandcastle CTP

The November 2006 CTP version for Sandcastle is now available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E82EA71D-DA89-42EE-A715-696E3A4873B2&displaylang=en. Our sincere thanks to the Sandcastle user community and to Eric Woodruff for providing us with valuable feedback. What’s new in this version: Support for the following nDoc custom tags: <overloads> <preliminary> <threadsafety> <note Generating Friendly HTM names (A new transform…

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Introducing the Power Toys for Visual Studio Pack Installer

Power Toys for Visual Studio are small tools that provide aid to developer pain-points or assist in diagnosing development-related issues. In addition to providing support, the power toys are released as Microsoft Shared Source to provide sample code to real-world solutions and allow for collaborative-development. Microsoft released a cool the Power Toys for Visual Studio…

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Sandcastle September CTP is now available as a part of Visual Studio 2005 SDK 4.0 (November CTP)

Microsoft is pleased to announce that the November 2006 CTP of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK 4.0 is now available for download. This is a must-have release for anyone who develops Toolbox components. This release contains a redistributable package for toolbox component vendors that simplify deployment significantly. It also contains Sandcastle September CTP, an updated Setup…

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Integrating Sandcastle doc generation to your NAnt builds

NAnt is an open source software tool for automating software build processes. It is based on Apache Ant and targeted at the .NET environment whereas Ant is a more generic cross-platform tool principally used by Java programmers.   Brett Burch from http://www.brettresources.net/ recently emailed me the following information about integrating Sandcastle document generation process into NAnt…

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