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VA X in VS2010

VS2010: VA X and C++/CLI Microsoft seems to have challenged themselves to see how much they can change for VS2010 — new WPF shell, snazzy text editor, MEF-based extensibility, VSIX installers, C++ build system, oh my. This is a major release both on the surface and under the hood, and the changes have impacted VA X on all sides.  But we’re happy to report we have VA X running 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…
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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 as in the OFIS and FSIS dialogs?  You can, as of build 1645 (2008.07.10).  The filter supports the use of ‘-&#8216…
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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…
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Versionitis (of the host environment)

Yesterday, I posted about a new feature in VA X 10.5.  I failed to mention that the new feature is only supported in Visual Studio versions starting with Visual Studio.NET (vs2002+).  While we continue to support VC++ 6, not all features we introduce going forward will be…
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Mark All Occurrences

Highlight Find Results is a new feature in Visual Assist X 10.5.  By default, this feature tracks your standard Find commands and highlights all of the find results in the text editor.  Some people may not want this feature enabled by default and would rather manually invoke highlighting.  Here’s how. First, to disable the default behavior, uncheck the “Highlight find results&#8221…
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Visual Assist X 10.5

We’re proud to announce the release of Visual Assist X 10.5, which adds full support for Web and WPF applications, including ASP/ASP.NET, HTML, XML, JavaScript, VBScript, and XAML.  It also adds new features to existing languages, along with many fixes and…
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Refresh Find References

Find References is great at locating references to symbols across your solution.  But did you know that when you just want to search the active file, you can use the Find References in File command?  You get a shorter search duration and the results list window is the same…
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Recursive Products

One of my first tasks at Whole Tomato was to do some code cleanup in the name of learning the Visual Assist codebase.  After just a few Find References, Renames, and Goto Definitions, I realized the recursive nature of this product:  I was using VA to learn VA.  I was using VA to refactor VA’s refactoring code.  I was even using the codebase as a test suite for itself. Most products…
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