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Developer Swag: 10 geek goodies from Microsoft

Microsoft spits out such a steady stream of little tools and utilities, they sometimes fall under the radar of all but the most vigilant developers. To make certain you haven't overlooked these helpful developer downloads; I've gathered 10 freebies that are definitely worth a look-see. Enjoy.

Microsoft spits out such a steady stream of little tools and utilities, they sometimes fall under the radar of all but the most vigilant developers. To make certain you haven't overlooked these helpful developer downloads; I've gathered 10 freebies that are definitely worth a look-see. Enjoy.

  FREE GOODIES FOR DEVELOPERS

DOWNLOAD   Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0   (May 2007)
  "This toolkit helps you bring the power of .NET to your existing VB6 applications, by allowing them to display .NET Forms and Controls from within the same application. Instead of upgrading the entire code base, these applications can now be extended one form at a time. The goal is a phased upgrade, with production releases at the end of each iteration containing both VB6 and VB.NET forms running in the same VB6 .exe process."
DOWNLOAD   Application Verifier   (May 2007)
 "Application Verifier is a runtime verification tool for unmanaged code that assists in finding subtle programming errors that can be difficult to identify with normal application testing. Run the Application Verifier tests on your code to identify issues within heaps, handles, and locks."
DOWNLOAD   ILMerge   (Feb 2007)
 "ILMerge is a utility for merging multiple .NET assemblies into a single .NET assembly. It works on executables and DLLs alike and comes with several options for controlling the processing and format of the output."
DOWNLOAD   XML Notepad 2007   (Apr 2007)
 "XML Notepad 2007 provides a simple intuitive user interface for browsing and editing XML documents."
DOWNLOAD   Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar   (May 2007)
 "The Microsoft Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides a variety of tools for quickly creating, understanding, and troubleshooting Web pages."
DOWNLOAD   Team Foundation Power Tool   (Feb 2007)
 "The Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server Power Tool (formerly known as Power Toys) is a set of enhancements, tools and command line utilities that improve the Team Foundation Server experience."
DOWNLOAD   ASP.NET AJAX 1.0   (Mar 2007)
 "ASP.NET AJAX is a set of technologies to add AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) support to ASP.NET. It consists of a client-side script framework, server controls, and more."
DOWNLOAD   Enterprise Library 3.0   (Apr 2007)
 "This release of Enterprise Library includes: Caching Application Block, Cryptography Application Block, Data Access Application Block, Exception Handling Application Block, Logging Application Block, Policy Injection Application Block, Security Application Block and Validation Application Block."
DOWNLOAD   Windows PowerShell 1.0   (Nov 2006)
 "Microsoft Windows PowerShell is a new command-line shell and scripting language designed for system administration and automation. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell enables IT professionals and developers control and automate the administration of Windows and applications."
DOWNLOAD   Microsoft ASP.NET Futures   (May 2007)
 "The Microsoft ASP.NET Futures May 2007 release contains an early developer preview of features providing a wide range of new functionality for both ASP.NET and Silverlight."

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   ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brent Sheets is a former Senior Editor at TechTarget and a frequent contributor to SearchVB.com. He founded and managed the popular Visual Basic Web Directory website until it was acquired by TechTarget in 2000 and relaunched as SearchVB.com. Brent offers tips and tweaks about Apple technology at Mactoids.com.

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