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A Developer of Visual Assist Saves Energy

I am a long-time member of the development team for Visual Assist. I also read a lot, often about the workings of the brain. I read recently Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. The author divides thinking methods into fast and slow. Fast is automatic; slow requires effort. Fast occurs when you drive a car on an empty road; you have capacity to think about something else. Slow occurs when…
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Visual Assist and Visual Studio 2015 RTM

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2015 RTM this week. Visual Assist build 2068–the most recent build–supports the new IDE but not yet at release quality. There are a few known issues that will be resolved in our forthcoming builds: Enhanced listboxes–the ones with…
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Visual Assist build 2068 is available

Visual Assist build 2068 introduces Add Braces and Remove Braces–commands that simplify converting of a statement to a compound statement, and vice versa. The most efficient way to use the feature is to bind a shortcut to VAssistX.BracesToggle, which as its name implies…
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Quick Refactoring Menu of Visual Assist offers more than refactoring

If you use Visual Assist, you are probably familiar with its Quick Refactoring Menu—available via a hovering icon or the default shortcut (Shift+Alt+Q). But, you might not appreciate how frequently the menu is available. Quick Action Menu is a more apt name. Availability aside, the Quick Refactoring Menu is an efficient method of tapping into the features of Visual Assist because the…
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Visual Assist build 2062 is available

Visual Assist build 2062 introduces VA Hashtags—a combination of named bookmarks and task manager. Place hashtags anywhere in your comments and Visual Assist will let you navigate among them efficiently. Because VA Hashtags are embedded in comments, they act like…
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Visual Assist build 2059 is available

Visual Assist build 2059 introduces a set of commands that extend/shrink the text selection. We implemented and tested numerous versions of the commands and settled on implementations we believe are rather clever. Our extend/shrink commands, collectively called Smart Select, should be valuable to all users of Visual Assist, in all Microsoft IDEs. Four commands comprise Smart Select: Extend…
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Tools to understand new code: Find

In my previous post as a guest contributor, I talked about moving between declaration and implementation of various symbols: methods, classes, variables… and even include files. The functionality helps a lot, but there are other tools in Visual Assist that we…
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Visual Assist supports Visual Studio Community 2013

Yesterday, Microsoft announced Visual Studio Community 2013—a terrific addition to its lineup of IDEs. In addition to being fully featured, Visual Studio Community 2013 provides access to the Visual Studio extensibility ecosystem, including to Visual Assist. This extensibility should appeal to every user of the non-extensible Express Edition. If you install Visual Studio Community…
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