XPathmania – Extending Visual Studio 2005 to Support XPath Development

This Visual Studio addin creates a VS tool window where a developer can write an XPath statement and test it against the current document. After running the XPath query, it will list and highlight the nodes returned from the query.


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JavaScript-focused IDE

Aptana is a robust, JavaScript-focused IDE for building dynamic web applications.

  • Code Assist on JavaScript, HTML, and CSS languages, including your own
    JavaScript functions
  • Outliner that gives a snapshot view of your JavaScript, HTML, and CSS code
  • Error and warning notification for your code
  • Support for Aptana UI customization and extensions
  • Cross-platform support
  • Free and open source

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Download Aptana for Windows


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Free download of both standalone Visual Studio Team Foundation clients

Free download of both standalone Visual Studio Team Foundation clients to connect to any CodePlex project. Read Koby’s blog for more details.

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The TFS Administration Tool

The TFS Administration Tool allows a Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server® (henceforth referred to as TFS ) administrator to quickly add users to all three platforms utilized by TFS: TFS, Sharepoint, and SQL Reporting Services (RS), all through one common interface. The tool also allows administrators to change the current permissions on any of the three tiers, identify any errors, and view all of the users and their permission sets across TFS, Sharepoint, and SQL RS.

This tool was created by the Developer Solutions team in Developer Division at Microsoft. 

Once you have selected your TFS server and Team Project, you can perform a number of tasks to manage the users and user permissions in your Team Project, including:

  1. Add a new user to the TFS Server, Sharepoint server, and SQL Reporting Services server, with default permissions based upon your selected TFS role and the XML Mappings File included in the program folder (RoleConfig.xml).
  2. Change permissions for an individual user on any of the three platforms (TFS, Sharepoint, SQL RS)
  3. Select multiple roles for an individual user on Sharepoint or SQL RS
  4. Make multiple changes at once, and then save all of the changes at once
  5. View the action logs to view the results of your changes (successful changes and errors)


The TFS Administration Tool

[Download The TFS Administration Tool ]

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An excellent series of articles by Maoni about the Garbage Collection

  • Using GC Efficiently Part 1 Maoni explains the cost of things so you can make good decisions in your managed memory usage.Maoni focuses on Workstation Garbage Collection ,then talks about stuff that s different for Server Garbage Collection and when you should use which.
  • Using GC Efficiently Part 2In this article Maoni talks about different flavors of Garbage Collection, the design goals behind each of them and how they work differently from each other so you can make a good decision of which flavor of Garbage Collection you should choose for your applications.
  • Using GC Efficiently Part 3 In this article Maoni talks about pinning and weak references stuff related to Garbage Collection handles.
  • Using GC Efficiently Part 4In this article Maoni talks about things you want to look for when you look at the managed heap in your applications to determine if you have a healthy heap.

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