Two recent, significant additions to Visual Assist—Source Links and Code Inspection—continue to mature in build 2235. The build also provides a valuable set of enhancements and fixes for established features of Visual Assist.
Source Links now opens hyperlinks found in comment blocks using one’s external, default browser. And although Microsoft finally introduced the functionality in Visual Studio 2017 15.3, Visual Assist makes it available in all versions of Visual Studio going back to 2010. Additionally, Source Links opens website addresses written without the http or https protocol.
Code Inspection expands its set of quality checks by two in build 2235:
- Integer literal can be replaced with ‘true’ or ‘false’
- Reduce container capacity with shrink_to_fit() instead of copy and swap
Code Inspection also allows fine tuning of quick fixes, configured in the options dialog for Visual Assist:
Developers taking advantage of lightweight solution load of C/C++ projects in Visual Studio 2017 15.3 will find that the Open-File-in-Solution dialog of Visual Assist list files in lightweight-loaded projects as deferred.
Visual Assist parses files in deferred projects as the projects, or their containing solutions, are loaded.
Finally, build 2235 expands the options dialog for Visual Assist with pages that configure the behavior of GoTo Implementation (Alt+G), GoTo Related (Shift+Alt+G), and VA Hashtags.
Build 2235 requires software maintenance through 2017.09.25.