Working with Visual Studio 2003

It’s been almost 2 years since I’ve opened VS2003! I’m on site with a client for the next couple of weeks and that is what they are using. It took me a while to remember some of the great plug-ins that I used to use. I’m listing them here in case you find yourself in the same boat as me. 🙂

  • ReSharper – This is a great plug-in, it allows for great refactoring capabilities in VS2003. I’m not using it right now, because you have to purchase the license… and I’m not planning on doing ALL of my development in VS2003.
  • DPack – This is a free plug-in. It’s very stable and does *some* of the things that ReSharper does. Mostly is makes surrounding code blocks with try..catch or #regions a snap
  • WhidbeyCommands2.1 – a must have if you are working with solutions that contain several projects. Small, simple… and a must have!
  • GhostDoc1.3 – I just discovered this… but so far, it makes adding XML comments a snap.

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Caleb Jenkins is an international speaker, author and 6 time Microsoft MVP award recipient, he currently works for Solera as a Director of Software Development. An entertaining and informative speaker who approaches software from a fresh perspective that spans UX, agile practices and technologies for enterprise customers from across the globe. Leading UX product design teams, coaching multi-team agile transformations and architecting and mentoring at some of the largest companies in the world, As a long time community leader and former Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Caleb is well known for his engaging speaking style, depth of knowledge and creative energy. Founder and Principal Mentor of Proaction Mentors, former UX Manager and Agile Coach, Senior Architect for Six Flags Corporation, Product Architect on a Cloud Marketing Platform, Caleb has made a career out of empowering others while building products and teams that delight customers and solve business needs. You can follow him on twitter (@calebjenkins) or his blog, and if you're still reading this, then you could also subscribe to his blog RSS feed or sign up to receive updates by email