Visual Assist build 2210 is available

After a long hiatus between builds, the first of year 2017 is now available. Visual Assist build 2210 include two big improvements: support for Visual Studio 2017 and Code Inspection.

Visual Assist build 2210 supports the release version of Visual Studio 2017. If you used Visual Assist in a release candidate of the IDE, please upgrade to build 2210.

Code Inspection is a new feature in Visual Assist that analyzes code quality as you edit. The feature, based on LLVM/Clang, warns you of code issues and if possible, suggests and applies quick fixes. The first set of code inspections, corresponding to a subset of clang-tidy checkers, offers to modernize C++ to the extents supported by your project toolsets.

Code Inspection is a beta feature so it is disabled by default. To try the feature, begin by enabling it in the options dialog for Visual Assist.

Code issues resulting from inspection are underlined in the text editor. To understand an issue, hover over its underlined text.

If the underline is solid, see a quick fix by moving the caret to it and opening the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu (Shift+Alt+Q).

To browse all code issues for the current file, open the Code Inspection tool window found in VAssistX | Tools.

Before we introduce more code inspections, we want your feedback on the feature’s functionality, performance, and UI. Please send your comments to support@wholetomato.com or share them in our community forums.

Visual Assist build 2210 also improves support for several Unreal Engine 4 keywords, finds an include path in the CppProperties.json of a folder-based C++ project, and fixes several bugs.

Visual Assist build 2210 requires software maintenance through 2017.03.08.

Check out the complete list of what’s new in build 2210, learn more about Code Inspection, or download the installer.

Visit Us at GDC 2017 in San Francisco

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The Tomato will exhibit at the Game Developer Conference next week, March 1-3, in San Francisco. If you will attend the show, be sure to stop by booth 2438 and say hello. Get a peek at new and forthcoming features in Visual Assist, share with us your wish list, and introduce Visual Assist to your coworkers. We will have swag on hand.

Visual Assist build 2118 is available

Visual Assist build 2118 introduces support for Visual Studio 2017 RC. Technically, support for the latest IDE arrived in build 2116, but we refrained from advertising build 2116 fearing early adopters would find a few problems. Alas, that assumption turned out true.

Build 2118, and build 2116 for that matter, introduce no new features in Visual Assist. If you have Visual Studio 2017 RC, install build 2118. If you are using any other IDE, you need build 2118 only if you encounter any of the few esoteric bugs the two recent builds address.

If you follow news about Visual Studio 2017 RC, you will discover that a few improvements to its C++ IDE are strikingly similar to features in Visual Assist, albeit essentially decade-old ones: filtering of member lists, improved Find All References, Go To All, and Dot-to-Arrow. In the near future, we will tweak the documentation and UI for Visual Assist to ensure differences are clear and that you have easy access to both implementations.

Expect new features in Visual Assist after the first of the year.

Visual Assist build 2118 requires software maintenance through 2016.12.12.

Check out the complete list of what’s new in builds 2116 and 2118, or download the installer for build 2118.

Visual Assist build 2114 supports Visual Studio “15” Preview 5

Visual Assist build 2114 supports Microsoft’s newest IDE, Visual Studio “15” Preview 5. But like the IDE, support is a work-in-progress. There are two caveats.

First, Suggestion Lists and Enhanced Listboxes are not yet available in Preview 5. Development continues. For now, settings on two pages of the options dialog for Visual Assist are disabled. (In a coincidence, Preview 5 includes two features, Predictive Intellisense and Intellisense Filtering, that are a little like the unavailable features—ones introduced in Visual Assist more than a decade ago.)

Second, the C++ experimental feature ‘Faster Project Load’ is not yet supported.

Also, we have found multiple versions of Preview 5. We have tested successfully versions 25802 and 25807. Although your IDE might report no update is available, if you run the Visual Studio Installer (a start item after installation of the IDE,) you will get the newest version of Preview 5.

We have also discovered that uninstalling of an extension, not just Visual Assist, sometimes leaves Preview 5 in an unstable state. If you uninstall an extension and Visual Studio “15” crashes during startup, we have instructions to return the IDE to a stable state.

Build 2114 also fixes a few bugs unrelated to Preview 5.

Visual Assist build 2114 requires software maintenance through 2016.10.15.

Check out the complete list of what’s new in build 2114, download the installer, or learn to reset Preview 5 in this forum announcement if the IDE crashes at startup.

Visual Assist does not yet support Visual Studio “15” Preview 5

Microsoft announced today the Preview 5 release of Visual Studio “15”. The Visual C++ Project Engine changed between Preview 4 and 5, and the change prevents Visual Assist from loading solutions. The developers at Whole Tomato Software are working on a resolution.

If you use Visual Assist in Visual Studio “15”, stay with the Preview you have or update and wait for our next build. The next build of Visual Assist will add support for Preview 5 and nothing else.

Stay tuned to the usual channels.

Visual Assist build 2112 is available

Visual Assist appeals to all levels of programmers, from students learning the ins and outs of C/C++ to experienced coders wanting tools that improve already impressive speed. The latest build of Visual Assist, build 2112, provides features at both ends.

Two dialogs in Visual Assist build 2112 remove some of the mystery of keyboard shortcuts available to new users of the software. The first dialog lists and explains assignments to the commands in Visual Assist commonly bound. By default, the dialog lists the assignments made during installation of Visual Assist. You can reach the dialog via VAssistX | Help | Keyboard Shortcuts.

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The second dialog lists shortcuts that are recommend to users of Visual Assist. Most recommendations overwrite shortcuts usurped by Visual Studio over the years. For example, Shift+Alt+O once opened a file from any scope of the IDE; by default, the command now works only in the text editor. (Visual Studio usurped Shift+Alt+O to open a website!)

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The dialog of recommended shortcuts opens automatically one week after installation of build 2112, primarily to give trial users a chance to learn the defaults. If you want to see the recommendations sooner, open the dialog via VAssistX | Help | Keyboard Shortcuts | Recommended.

At the other end, i.e., for experienced programmers, build 2112 provides two new tools that make debugging of native code more efficient. The first tool, Address Resolver, greatly simplifies the arduous process of mapping virtual addresses in a text-only call stack, i.e., one without a process dump, into names of symbols from a PDB.

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The second debugging tool, PDB Explorer, lets the experienced coder efficiently browse symbols in a PDB or DLL, and if a running process is under the control of Visual Studio, instruct the debugger to open the disassembly window at locations of symbols.

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Visual Assist build 2112 requires software maintenance through 2016.09.16.

Check out the complete list of what’s new in build 2112, learn about the Address Resolver or PDB Explorer, or download the installer.

Visual Assist build 2108 is available

Visual Assist build 2108 is a bug fix build—one bug, in fact, that prevents build 2107 from loading in some user environments. The problem was related to our periodically migrating to a newer toolset.

If Visual Assist build 2107 doesn’t load in your IDE, evidenced by disabled items in the VAssistX menu, install build 2108.

Visual Assist build 2108 requires software maintenance through 2016.08.02.

Check out what’s new in recent builds, or download the installer for build 2108.