Setup External Tools Option in Visual Studio

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Scenario

I’m more into SharePoint development these days, especially the development of custom web parts. I felt like I need to remember quite a bit of command line tools for SharePoint development, especially sn.exe which is more commonly used in web part development. I was looking for an option in Visual Studio to do this job.

Solution

After a bit of search I’ve found that this can be achieved by leveraging External Tools option in Visual Studio

In Visual Studio 2005 –> Tools —–> External Tools

Click Add button

External Tools

Enter the Title ‘Fetch Public Key’

Under Command, choose the sn.exe from C:Program FilesMicrosoft Visual Studio 8SDKv2.0Bin

External Tools2

In the Arguments set the value as -Tp “$(TargetPath)”  T – retrieves the public key token of the assembly,                           p – Blob of the public key                          $(TargetPath) – location where the VS.NET created the assemblySelect ‘Use Output Window’ optionClick Ok and Apply.Now, we can fetch the public key of the project (assembly)

Fetch Public Key

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