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ReSharper 4.5 beta

Today I installed the public beta of ReSharper 4.5. I’m using this tool for more than a year and I really like it. ReSharper integrates in every part of the IDE of Visual Studio and it offers me a big productivity boost. ReSharper provides a lot of great features like all kinds of coding assistance, handy refactorings, code cleanup wizards, fast navigation and search popups, …

The new version 4.5 is mostly about increasing performance and indeed the tool looks even more responsive. Besides it also offers several improvements and I especially like the following onces:

  • Better Silverlight support: code assistance for datatemplates in XAML, …
  • MSTest support: the handy unit test explorer can now be used together with MSTest.
  • New solution-wide warnings and suggestions: unassigned fields, suspicious type conversions or checks, …
  • New naming style configuration for variables, fields, properties, events, methods, enums, interfaces, classes, …
  • New and improved refactorings.

A detailed list of the new features and the download link for this beta version can be found on the website of JetBrains: http://www.jetbrains.com/resharper/beta.html

Finally I would like to recommend a great plugin for ReSharper. StyleCopForResharper is a plugin which adds all the StyleCop (=Style Analysis) rules to the code assistant and cleanup wizard of ReSharper. It is not so easy to find the perfect combination of all the rules from Code Analyses, ReSharper and StyleCop but you really should give it a try: http://www.codeplex.com/StyleCopForReSharper

Modeling PowerToys for Visual Studio 2008

A new version of the open-source PowerToys for the Class Designer and Distributed System Designer has been released. These add-ins provide additional functionality for the Visual Studio Class Designer, such as HTML/XML export, new creation commands, filtering commands, formatting commands, a pan/zoom window, a documentation window, a floating properties window, …

A post on my website describes how to install it and it shows a screenshot which highlights almost all features.

Mole Visualizer for Visual Studio

Last week Josh Smith, Karl Shifflett & Andrew Smith released version 4 of their open-source Mole Visualizer for Visual Studio 2008. Visualizers are Visual Studio plugins which allow developers to view objects and data using a specialized user interface while debugging. There are a lot of great visualizers available for LINQ, XML, Datasets, … but Mole is definitely one that every Visual Studio developer should have installed. Originally Mole only targeted WPF applications, but version 4 can also be used for WinForms and WCF applications.

  • More information and some screenshots can be found on my website.

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