My Favorite Visual Studio Addins

7 04 2009

As promissed, I’ve selected some of my favourite extensions that I have in my toolbox. Check them out (by no specific order…):

PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008: a set of useful extensions for the Visual Studio 2008 adding additional functionality to various areas of the IDE.

Test Automation FX: The Test Automation FX framework installs inside of Visual Studio (2005 & 2008) and supports full VS integration, with custom project templates and designers allowing you to build automated user interface tests in your favorite IDE.

Source Code Outliner PowerToy: The Source Outliner PowerToy is a Visual Studio 2008 extension that provides a tree view of your source code’s types and members and lets you quickly navigate to them with filtering inside the editor.

Code Style Enforcer: Code Style Enforcer is a DXCore plug-in for Visual Studio 2005 / 2008 that checks the code against a configurable code standard and best practices.

Resource Refactoring Tool: Resource Refactoring Tool provides developers an easy way to extract hard coded strings from the code to resource files.

XSLT Profiler Addin: Just what the name implies – a XSLT profiler.

Debug Inspector: view the call stacks of multiple threads at the same time, plugs in to the internals of the CLR and automatically detects deadlocks.

WSPBuilder: a nice solution package generator.

GhostDoc: generates comments in your code. Not just ///. It has inference rules to discover where the objects come from and what they are supposed to do. Spooky!

SPDisposeCheck: validates your code against undisposed disposable sharepoint objects. You may also want to check out SpDisposeCheckEx, a wrapper to integrate the tool into VS.

DocProject: generate electronic documentation from your source code comments. Requires sand castle (

TeamReview: helps the review process aloowing you to create tasks associated to selected areas of the code.

I’ll keep you posted as I go along.

Anyway, I’m changing for VS2010, so some of these extensions will become outdated.

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