VISUAL ASSIST - Filling Gaps in Visual Studio for C/C++ and C# Developers

Build Announcements

Visual Assist build 2052 is available

It’s not often one gets to write “introduce” twice in a sentence, but here goes: Visual Assist introduces Introduce Variable. Introduce Variable, a powerful refactoring for C/C++ and C#, replaces an expression with a meaningfully named variable. In classic Visual Assist style, the UI to Introduce Variable is simple and understated: Select an expression to…
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Tips and Tricks

Tools to understand new code: Go To

You’ve just started a new job and landed in front of a huge code base. Great! What a challenge! It would be nice to quickly get a general understanding of your project and be able to comfortably move around in the code. How do you do it? In my series of articles as a…
Build Announcements

Visual Assist build 2048 is available

Visual Assist build 2048 was issued on the heels of build 2047 in order to fix a regression in the latter. Using build 2047, a VA Snippet that includes a GUID reserved string expands the string to zeros instead of a valid GUID. If you have build 2047 and use VA Snippets to…
Build Announcements

Visual Assist build 2047 is available

Visual Assist build 2047 introduces a powerful new navigation command, improves the VA Step Filter, and increases availability of Quick Info. Since the inception of Visual Assist, the Goto (Alt+G) command has been a favorite among our users, even after the IDE introduced its variant. Then in build 2036, Visual Assist introduced a version of Goto with more functionality: Goto Related…
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Tips and Tricks

Organize VA Snippets with hashtags

For a user with a modest collection of VA Snippets, the built-in type filtering and auto-sorting of the VA Snippet Editor are sufficient tools to manage the collection. Type filtering divides VA Snippets by access method in the UI of Visual Assist, and auto-sorting within…
Build Announcements

Visual Assist build 2043 is available

In our last build, we introduced a powerful feature for users of the native C/C++ debugger in Visual Studio 2010 and newer. The VA Step Filter lets one step into the body of a method without stepping into and out of methods in its parameter list. Build 2043 fixes several…
Build Announcements

Visual Assist build 2042 is available

If you follow our blog, you might remember my mentioning a forthcoming enhancement to the Visual Studio debugger. We demonstrated that feature—the VA Step Filter—at the Build conference in April to rave reviews, and we are happy to announce that the feature is included in a new general release of Visual Assist. If you use the native C/C++ debugger, you are undoubtedly familiar with—or…
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News

License and maintenance options get an update

We’ve updated our license and maintenance options for Visual Assist, and we want to take this opportunity to explain what remains the same, what’s changed, and what it means for you. Our standard license of Visual Assist now better serves the needs of our…
Tips and Tricks

Filtering results of Find References

We regularly hear from C/C++ and C# users that Find References is their most-used feature of Visual Assist. Despite the existence of a similarly named feature in Visual Studio, the functionality and speed provided by our version appears to be a game changer. And Find…
Tips and Tricks

Automatically add C++11 override to virtual methods

The C++11 standard has been approved and C++14 is around the corner. These new standards define a lot of interesting language features, one of them being support for the override identifier. You can append “override” to a virtual function declaration and tell the compiler that you want to override a virtual method inherited from a base class. If the virtual method does not exist in…
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