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Sandcastle - Version 2.4.10520

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  • Version: 2.4.10520
  • Category: Application
  • Language: English

Enabling managed class library developers throughout the world to easily create accurate, informative documentation with a common look and feel.

  • 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


Status: Live

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Sandcastle.msi87fdb6d67e5659908f558b9e094ee73ea25444986.98 MB

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System Requirements

Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP Service Pack 2

  • Required Software:
    • Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0, available here

    • HTML Help Workshop available here
    Optional Software:
    • Visual Studio 2005

    • MS Help Compiler from VS SDK here

Installation Instructions

  • 1. Uninstall previous versions of Sandcastle.
    2. Click on the "Download" button above to install Sandcastle.
    3. After installing Sandcastle, follow the steps here to create a sample CHM or HxS build.
    4. Visit Sandcastle blog for the release notes and latest information.

    Note: Installing VS SDK after installing Sandcastle will cause Sandcastle not to work properly as VS SDK installer updates both the PATH and DXROOT environment variables in the registry

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