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Creating a Custom Tool to Generate Multiple Files in Visual Studio 2005

, 30 Nov 2006
Visual Studio provides interfaces for extending the environment to generate one file from another through a "Custom Tool". Now, learn how to generate multiple files, easily, and extensibly.
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