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The Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) expands the capabilities of Visual Studio by running guidance packages, which automate key development tasks from within the Visual Studio environment. The Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT) allows authoring of guidance packages.

Feb 15, 2012
Note: This is the open-sourced version of the GAX/GAT 2010 originally built by Microsoft patterns & practices. While the official binaries are still available from the Visual Studio Extension gallery, Microsoft no longer maintains this project and no future releases are planned.

Any further development of the GAX/GAT assets is undertaken by the community.

Featured Projects

Below you can find projects that are using Open GAX/GAT. If you want to see your project listed, feel free to post a comment or discussion topic.

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LASG follows the project structure that is illustrated in Layered Architecture Sample for .NET. but enhances it further with automation tools to help beginner developers to quickly get up to speed with layering concepts.

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SPSF provides a huge collection of helpful recipes for development, debugging and deployment of SharePoint standard artifacts and is fully compatible with SharePoint 2007/2010/2013 and Visual Studio 2008/2010/2012.

Last edited Jan 16, 2017 at 4:11 PM by jelled, version 7