Tabs Studio Blog (organizing Visual Studio document tabs)

December 28, 2009

Disabling tab grouping

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sergey Vlasov @ 11:17 am

Currently, if you try to disable tab grouping by emptying Title grouping regex or Path grouping regex it doesn’t work – empty regex is interpreted as “use default settings”. It is safe, but counterintuitive and for the next Tabs Studio version I’ve changed empty regex to mean “disable tab grouping”. If you want to disable tab grouping in the current version – write something non-capturing like “don’t group” as a regex.

If you enter invalid regex (e.g. “?” that shows the error parsing “?” – Quantifier {x,y} following nothing) and save it, then, again, default settings are used for tab grouping. I think safety of default settings is still valuable here.

December 25, 2009

Tabs Studio v1.7.9 is released

Filed under: Releases — Sergey Vlasov @ 9:07 am

Tabs Studio v1.7.9 is released – created new title grouping rules for SSMS, organized separate settings storage for SSMS, added Remove path from tab name option functionality for SSMS, added support for SSMS table paths, added version information to the VS About window, fixed windows shift in VS 2005 and SSMS, fixed rare tab non grouping after renaming a document.

December 24, 2009

SSMS tab grouping

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 10:00 pm

SQL Server Management Studio uses quite different scheme for tab names from Visual Studio. Here is the screenshot of default tab names (I temporarily configured Tabs Studio to not group tabs):

No tab grouping

No tab grouping

I’ve significantly improved SSMS support in the next Tabs Studio version:

1. Separate settings for SSMS.

Now SSMS 2005/2008, VS 2005/2008 and VS 2010 have separate settings. You can customize each of the three product lines independently.

2. Remove path from tab name works for SSMS.

Turning on the Remove path from tab name option strips parentheses and removes path from tab names in SSMS now:

Remove path from tab name in action

Remove path from tab name in action

3. Special title grouping rules for SSMS out of the box.

Tabs Studio now uses new default title grouping rules when running in SSMS that both group tabs and strip parentheses:

Tab grouping (default)

Tab grouping (default)

4. Support for SSMS table paths.

Documents representing tables in SSMS have document paths like “Server[@Name=’COMP1′]/Database[@Name=’ReportServer’]/Table[@Name=’ActiveSubscriptions’ and @Schema=’dbo’]”. Tabs Studio now applies path grouping rules to these paths as well.

Update: Tabs Studio v1.7.9 with these changes is ready for download.

December 2, 2009

Tabs Studio review by Scott Mitchell in MSDN Magazine

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sergey Vlasov @ 2:40 pm

“Unlike Visual Studio, Tabs Studio displays the tab for every open document in both the SDI and MDI configurations. If there is not enough horizontal space to display every tab, Tabs Studio stacks them vertically.” Read full review.

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