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Semantic C# code highlighting in Visual Studio 2017

A basic code colorizer highlights language keywords, comments and string. A semantic highlighter performs full language parsing which results in very accurate understanding of code and may, for example, give local variables a distinct color to improve the comprehensibility of … Continue reading

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Read and understand code faster with programming ligatures in Fira Code font

A ligature occurs where two or more graphemes or letters are joined as a single glyph. For example, Fira Code font by Nikita Prokopov contains a set of ligatures for common programming multi-character combinations like ++, >= or != : … Continue reading

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Hide the Publish button in the status bar of Visual Studio 2015 Update 2

Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 adds the new Publish button to the status bar to provide a quick and easy way to get solutions into source control: “[The Publish button] aims to provide a quick and easy way to get … Continue reading

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On changing Visual Studio 2015 icon

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 have changed the main Visual Studio icon (which you see on the taskbar): The intent was to make it different from the Visual Studio 2013 icon, but the result is not obviously better. In this … Continue reading

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Hide code in the Visual Studio editor

You can easily hide any block of code in Visual Studio using the Hide Selection command. Invoke it from the main Edit – Outlining menu, Outlining context menu or with a shortcut to the Edit.HideSelection command: Selected code will be … Continue reading

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Visual Studio customization with lightweight extensions and Visual Commander

Visual Studio is a very capable and mature IDE, plus there are 5,942 items in Visual Studio Gallery from 3rd parties, extending functionality even further in all possible directions. Still, if it is not written by you it can’t be … Continue reading

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Code reference hyperlinks in Visual Studio 2015

Visual Studio 2015 allows you to create links to classes and method in other files from a comment in your C# code: When the cursor is inside the cref attribute, pressing F12 or selecting Go To Definition opens the corresponding … Continue reading

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