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Castle/Windsor schema enables Visual Studio intellisense

There has been a lot of noise recently about Inversion of Control (IoC) with .Net recently (stop sniggering at the back java guys!)....

I've been using IoC via the Spring.NET framework for over 2 years now - it's a completely different approach to coding and once you get your head around it everything just falls into place and development is a real joy again.

As I mention, Spring.NET is my framework of choice but a recent change in employer has seen me bump up against Castle/Windsor. First impressions are that I like it - it's not as powerful or feature rich as Spring but that's not always a bad thing! The one thing I did miss though was Visual Studio intellisense when editing the configurations - Spring has an online schema that can be associated with a Spring configuration. This got me thinking - if the VS intellisense can be hooked into that easily why not create one for Windsor configuration?

So I did...you can download it from my new google code site here. Remember to "Readme.txt" once you unzip for instructions!

Enjoy!

Comments

Rune G said…
Good work, James! Found it very useful.

You can also register the xsd under XML->Schemas in VS (at least in VS2008). Then just import the namespace in the Castle-config.
Tyson said…
Love your work.

You can also specify a lifestyle type of "perWebRequest", although it's not documented.

To modify the schema to support this type, I just added another lifestyle enumeration.
Bernado said…
Great stuff! this helps alot :) Thanks.
sixgun said…
I get an error when i try to download the file. Is it still available?
James Simmonds said…
ProjectDistibutor.Net - the location of the schema zip has disappeared (dont know the story there).

I'm in the process of putting the zip onto codeplex - I'll drop another message when I have uploaded the zip...sixgun - hang on!
James Simmonds said…
I've created a new google code site to host the schema zip file, http://code.google.com/p/castlewindsorschema/

Sorry for downtime on this!

James
Interesting, you should put it in Castle Contrib

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