Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sandcastle Help File Builder (SHFB)

If you’re looking to create developer help from the xml comments in your code, I recommend Sandcastle Help File Builder (SHFB) along with Microsoft’s Sandcastle itself.

Version 1.7.0.0 is a great stable release and excellent for manual generation of code (I’ve never tried scheduling it, had problems using it from MSBuild).

Version 1.8.0.2 looks like a complete re-write so it uses MSBuild and MSBuild file formats, which makes it excellent for integrating into Team Foundation Server, but it’s still in the beta stage.

If you’re looking to download Sandcastle itself, try the Visual Studio 2008 SDK or the Visual Studio 2005 SDK one.


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