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10 awesome Windows Live Writer plugins for developers and bloggers

I’ve made this list of 10 plugins for Windows Live Writer. Some of these plugins will help beatify your published code, while others will help you create code archives or retrieve a link from MSDN.

Insert Code for Windows Live Writer – Insert Code for Windows Live Writer will format a snippet of text in a number of programming languages such as C#, HTML, MSH, JavaScript, Visual Basic and TSQL.

Paste from Visual Studio – Easily transfer syntax highlighted source code from Visual Studio to elegant HTML in Windows Live Writer.

Code Snippet plugin for Windows Live Writer – Format and apply syntax highlighting to source code snippets before inserting into your Windows Live Writer posts.

Insert a Silverlight Streaming application – List applications from your Silverlight Streaming account with live preview and embed in blog post using iFrame invocation

BlogMyCode VS2005 PlugIn – BlogMyCode is Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 plugin, that helps you to blog formatted source code, by using Windows Live Writer.

MSDN Locator – Inserts a link to a .NET namespace, class, method etc in the MSDN Library.

Insert Source Code Snippet – Helps you to past well formatted XHTML compatible source code into your blog by using WLW

wlwHtmlSnippetsTool – Allows you to insert simple Html snippets into a post. Stores a list of commonly used snippets. Freeware, open source.

Paste MSDN URL – Removes the culture from an MSDN URL so that the end user’s culture is used in determining what localized content they see.

Visual Studio Solution Uploader – The plugin allows you to select a Visual Studio 2005 solution file, when selected the solution and the directory will be zipped and included in the blog post. All done in a few simple steps. You can even get it to build binaries of the solution.

 Dynamic Template Plugin – The powerful plugin for Windows Live Writer. You can use templates to easily insert oft-used snippets of HTML or text. (by Joe Cheng)

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SSMS Tools PACK contains a few upgrades for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express.


  1. Execution History (Soft Source Control) - Every statement that you run is logged in a file on your disk or in a table in a database that you specify.
  2. Text document Regions and Debug sections Regions behave in the same way as in Visual Studio.
  3. New query template - When opening a new query window you can specify a template that will be displayed. 
  4. CRUD stored procedure generation - CRUD((Create, Read, Update, Delete))stored procedure generation for tables based on fully customizable templates that you can change to suit your needs.
  5. Running custom scripts from Object explorer’s Context menu - You can specify a custom script text, its name and node on Object Explorer on which you want to run it from.

Download SSMS Tools Pack

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Multi-protocol tabbed desktop client for remote connections

Terminals is a multi-protocol tabbed desktop client for remote connections.  Right now it can support all of these connection types (simultaneously):

  1. RDP – Microsoft’s Remote Desktop aka Terminal Services
  2. VNC – Virtual Network Computing
  3. VMRC – Virtual Machine Remote Control
  4. RAS – Remote Access Service (VPN, Dialup)
  5. Telnet – Telecommunication Network
  6. SSH – Secure Shell
  7. ICA Citrix – Independent Computing Architecture


  • Ability to import files such as MuRD and RDP files.
  • Tagging connections (grouping)
  • Shortcuts (to external tools) and Favorites
  • Some toolbar customization
  • Full Screen mode, multiple screen sizes and color depths supported
  • Minimize to tray
  • Single application instance
  • Execute before connect
  • Completely secure password storage
  • Screen capture of entire terminal window


Download Terminals 1.6

[Via Rob Chartier Blog]

Shaped Windows in WPF

In previous versions of Microsoft .Net Framework, creating shaped windows was a time-consuming process that involved Win API calls.Not anymore – one of the modern  aspects of WPF is that you can make  non-rectangular windows in simple way.Creating shaped forms works in the following manner.First, you create an image, which, when we are finished, will act as your window.  Second, you change a XAML to make this image become the form.

  • Create a transparent image file that will be used to set the desired shape of the window.


  • Create a Windows Application(WPF) project and add the image control to it.Remember to make the window transparent as shown in code below
<Window x:Class="WindowsApplication1.Window1"
    Title="WindowsApplication1" Height="300" Width="300"
    <Image  Name="image1" />


  • Add code that recreates the functionality that the title bar provided, such as moving the window and closing it.
using System;
using System.Windows.Input;
using System.Windows.Media.Imaging;
namespace WindowsApplication1
/// <summary>
/// Interaction logic for Window1.xaml
/// </summary>
public partial class Window1 : System.Windows.Window
    public Window1()
        image1.Source = new BitmapImage(
            new Uri(@"C:\Documents and Settings\username\Desktop\Untitled.png"));
    protected override void OnMouseLeftButtonDown(MouseButtonEventArgs e)
    protected override void OnMouseRightButtonDown(MouseButtonEventArgs e)
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Interesting articles (September 15)

My new little friend, Enum by Christopher Bennage

My Slides/Samples from MIX:UK – Building Silverlight Apps with .NET and Building ASP.NET Apps with VS 2008 by Scott Guthrie

The Talented Mr. Edit.GoToFindCombo by Aaaron Lerch


NLinq-Reimplementing the Linq functionnalities in Visual Studio .Net 2003/2005

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