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I am one of the fortunate ones who had the opportunity to evaluate SlickEdit.  I happened to choose the Visual Studio plug in, as I use exclusively Visual Studio for development.  My first thought was, “Where is it?”  This tool is integrated with Visual Studio so well that you think it is part of the product.  Obviously my second question was “What hasn’t Microsoft bought them and included it in their product?” 


I’m not as much of a hard-core coder these days, but I still find myself using Visual Studio on a daily basis.  Some of the things that I found really helpful were the “Show Diff” and the “RegEx Evaluator”.  I am thrilled about the show diff functionality.  VS 2000 had a windiff feature, but for some reason MS left that out of 2005.  I have an old dev box that I terminal service into to do file diffs because it still has VS 2000.  Thanks to SlickEdit I can stop that practice. 


I know there are a ton of other features that I am looking forward to exploring.  This product has a nice “SlickEdit Tools Assistant”, which is one of the better help systems I’ve seen in a software produce.  As I dive deeper, I’ll keep you updated with any cool features I find, as well as anything that I think needs improvement.  So far, I like what I’ve seen.


Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 12:01 AM | Back to top

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For doing file diffs I use winmerge which is free ( ).

I also believe that there is a free diff program from the same company that owns the Vault product.
Left by Justin on Jun 17, 2008 10:14 PM

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