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Sorting One's Code

Visual Assist has a plethora of features, and it’s difficult to know them all. It’s an even greater challenge to use all of them at every opportunity. We had one user, Tom, write recently that his “very small favourite feature” in Visual Assist is Sort Lines. Sort lines, we wondered. We don’t often sort when writing code. After a bit of thought, we acknowledged…
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Using Find References to Manage a Task

Find References has been a feature of Visual Assist for about a decade. And, while Find References now shares its name with a version of the command integral to Microsoft Visual Studio, the original has pragmatic components that should make it the everyday preference. If…
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Taming the List of Methods in File

Visual Assist includes a List Methods in File (Alt-M) feature, inaptly named because the list has grown to include more than just methods, that is a convenient way to navigate a large file. But, even if you use filtering to target specific entries, the list is sometimes unruly. You can tame the list by limiting the type of entries included in it; for example, by excluding properties and…
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alt+g in Comments

If you don’t read our build change history page, you might miss some small gold nuggets.  For example, back in build 1734, we added an enhancement to our goto command (alt+g) so that it operates within comments.  The accuracy of goto within comments depends upon…
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Open File in Solution tip

I was using the OFIS (Open File in Solution) dialog the other day and it occurred to me that I use some features in it that might not be so apparent to users that didn’t actually write the code for it.  As an aside, this feature was formerly known as Open File in…
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Add Include

We recently released a feature for C/C++ that has long been requested: Add Include.  A lot of work had previously been put into our #include completion listboxes – but that work is moot because now you don’t need to type #includes directives by hand. The Add Include command is available when you place the caret on a symbol which is declared in a header file that is not directly…
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VA Snippet Tip #1

VA Snippets support a number of reserved strings that enable text substitution when inserted into the text editor.  For example, any occurrence of $selected$ in a snippet is replaced with the actual text editor selection at the time the snippet was invoked. As noted in a…
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Methods in File

Here’s a quickie… When you are in a source window, pressing Alt+M displays the VA X Methods in File list. Did you know you can filter the list by typing after the list is displayed?  Yeah, most people know that. Did you know you can filter using multiple strings…
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Support for Incomplete Solutions

Several members of the Whole Tomato Software crew attended the Seattle XNA Gamefest held back in July.  It was a great opportunity for us to get face time with quite a few of our customers.  We received a lot of feedback some of which has bubbled up in VA X 10.5. We learned that many Visual Studio users only work in the IDE for editing and debugging but not for doing builds.  Because it is not…
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