Task Canvas v1.8 adds individual code block size controls

The Task Canvas extension lets you edit multiple methods from different classes in one window and quickly switch between document groups.

v1.8 adds maximize, minimize and restore buttons for each code block and the “Add Note” dialog to choose a note name and note syntax coloring:

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Task Canvas v1.7 implements a new canvas layout algorithm

The Task Canvas extension lets you edit multiple methods from different classes in one window and quickly switch between document groups.

v1.7 implements a new canvas layout algorithm that takes into account number of lines in a code block and more intelligently distributes code blocks over several columns:

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ESharper v1.7.0 adds support for external assemblies

ESharper is an Excel add-in that lets you write user defined functions and commands using C# interactively in a live Excel session.

v1.7.0 lets you add references to external assemblies for your code. For assemblies in the GAC you can specify a short or a full name. For other assemblies you need to specify the full path. References are separated by new lines:

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Task Canvas v1.6 adds information exchange between tasks

The Task Canvas extension lets you edit multiple methods from different classes in one window and quickly switch between document groups.

v1.6 adds the ability to copy notes, code blocks, tabs and startup projects from the current task to other tasks using the “Copy to Other Task” dialog:

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Tabs Studio v4.4.0 adds more add-ins to the installer

Tabs Studio is a Visual Studio and SSMS extension empowering you to work comfortably with any number of open documents.

v4.4.0 adds AutoOpener, CloseClick, ITransform, Localizer, MRU, OpenAll, OrderEx and SuperName add-ins to the installer:

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Innovative C# debugging experience with OzCode v4

Last week, in a Visual Studio Toolbox episode on Channel 9, Omer Raviv highlighted most useful features of the OzCode C# debugging extension for Visual Studio and announced upcoming version 4 introducing a live debugger accessible from a web browser.

With OzCode you can quickly search member names and values in collections and complex objects during debugging:

LINQ debugging and analysis visualizes how the different items passed through the LINQ pipeline. Indicators show you at-a-glance how many items were consumed by each LINQ operator, and how many were produced. The LINQ DataTip window shows the items the given operator produced:

The detailed analysis tool window lets you navigate between the LINQ pipeline using the operator breadcrumbs and take advantage of the animation to visualize the flow of the LINQ query:

A new feature coming to v4 of the extension is live coding. It compiles and run code in background as you type and shows calculated variable values in line with code:

It predicts code execution, unlike classical historical debugging, and lets you change it on the fly. Any code changes in the editor are immediately reapplied after typing and update calculated values, all within a single debugging session. When code with side effects is detected – execution stops.

[As a side note, live coding in Visual Studio was first implemented in 2015 by Josh Varty and Amadeus Wieczorek as the Alive extension. You can see it in action in a Codemash 2016 episode on Channel 9:

It worked in normal coding mode, not during debugging, and allowed to enter values for function parameters or extract them from unit tests. Later in 2016 the developers joined Microsoft and the extension was unfortunately discontinued. Then VS 2017 introduced Live Unit Testing which provides real-time feedback directly in the editor on how code changes are impacting your unit tests and your code coverage.]

Another upcoming OzCode v4 feature is collaborative debugging. It will allow you to share your current debug session with other people, not even necessarily having Visual Studio installed, using OzCode cloud debugger. Your colleagues will be able to interact with code from a web browser – view an actual execution that was captured and change the code to experiment:

OzCode version control system integration allows proposing and approving final code changes also from the same browser window:

See the full episode for more details. A personal OzCode license for 1 year currently costs $100.

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Visual Time Spent v1.3 adds export to CSV and time spent percentage

Visual Time Spent automatically tracks your time spent working on solutions, projects and documents in Visual Studio IDE. It allows you to generate reports to see overall time spent and what activities took most time.

v1.3 adds the VS 2017 integration module to the main installer, export to CSV, time spent percentage and solution path tooltip.

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