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August Sandcastle CTP is Now Available

by Jonathan Allen on Sep 06, 2006 |
Last week Microsoft released another community tech preview for Sandcastle. Sandcastle is the tool Microsoft currently uses to produce the API documentation for Visual Studio 2005. Anand Raman of the Sandcastle team claims that they can compile the documentation for the entire framework API in about 30 minutes.

It is still very early in the development cycle, so don't expect a polished product. The sample alone takes 12 steps to go from source code to help file. The Sandcastle Wiki does offer links to open source tools that ease the process, but they need to be updated for the August release.

Though Sandcastle runs on the 2.0 framework, it can generate documentation for C# code based on the 1.1 framework. Scott Hanselman details how to do this on his July 29 blog entry.

Until recently, nDoc was the primary documentation tool for many developers. Now that nDoc project has gone dark, many developers are left wondering what to do with their current projects. Fortunately, Anand Raman does intend to support all nDoc specific tags. 

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