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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sandcastle CTP is out/NDoc is dead!

Microsoft released July 2006 CTP of their Documentation Compilers For Managed Class Libraries. It is much like the NDoc Open Source Project

Sandcastle produces accurate, MSDN style, comprehensive documentation by reflecting over the source assemblies and optionally integrating XML Documentation Comments.

Sandcastle has the following key features:
  • Works with or without authored comments

  • Supports Generics and .NET Framework 2.0

  • Sandcastle has 2 main components (MrefBuilder and Build Assembler)

  • MrefBuilder generates reflection xml file for Build Assembler

  • Build Assembler includes syntax generation, transformation..etc

  • Sandcastle is used internally to build .Net Framework documentation

  • Sandcastle should provide support for XAML as well.

Recently Kevin Downs (the leader of NDoc) sent a mail to the NDoc community saying that NDoc is dead!. That was a cool project that I've used many times and never gave a donation at all! We all should reconsider our community involvement!

Get more details about Sandcastle and NDoc's death here at the Scott Hanselman's blog and The Sandcastle blog

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