Resharper 4 BETA Released

Avoid Much Talk

I wrote about Resharper 4 performance improvements in an earlier blog post today showing my VS Color Scheme including use of R# nightly builds. My friend Mohamed Tayseer pointed me out that Resharper 4 BETA was released yesterday. If you already know Resharper, skip the blah blah blah talk and get to the download.

Resharper, AKA R#, Who ???

Resharper used to be a must-have add-in for Visual Studio. It completes the features existing in Visual Studio like intellisense (not just smarter intellisense, but also available everywhere, like those areas in ASP.NET markup when you start typing non-standard code to Visual Studio to hook some properties and you get lost alone usually).

Of course it makes the expected enhancements to standard VS editor like parentheses and semicolon completion and other similar features, although it takes you w while to get used to stopping writing those after R# writes them for you!

It also has interesting stuff like SPEED find options (instead of this “Compiling the Solution” messages whenever you want to “Find Reference”) also extended for things like 2-way jump between the base classes / interfaces and their children classes/methods. ad also tons of “Guideline promoting” features like intellisense for  VARIABLE names (like when you type “MailMessage” for local variable type, it recommends names like “mailMessage”, “message”, etc…), and options to detect unused variables and “using” namespace directives, and many other features.

It also offers very handy icons that do interesting stuff like inverting “if” statements and reversing assignments (very handy in ASP.NET donkey code behind files, in an edit page, call on page load a method with all txtProductName.Text = currentProduct.ProductName;, copy that to the method that’s called from the “Save” button click, select it and click “Reverse Assignment”), and many great other features appearing as very small icons to the left of the code to not interrupt your work.

It’s also smart. It can realize that Console.WriteLine(“{0}, {1}”, object0); will fail because the string format method is a “string formatter method” and it expects two objects while I passed only one! It has tons of interesting warnings and recommendations like this. Leave apart small features like quick use of “var” instead of type and suggesting and quickly applying conversion of normal static method to extension method, and so many other features.

For more advanced users than me it has advanced code snippets style and advanced template engine and advanced plug-in model for extending all features it offers (some interesting plug-ins), but I never used those … too advanced for my “code monkey” use of VS :D. It even has integration with Testing frameworks, although TestDriven.NET already also handles this for me.

Resharper – Major Turnoff Removed

Earlier, the worst thing that prevented me totally from recommending it to friends (besides the price, I believe it is expensive [$199 for personal use, $149 if skipping VB.NET support], especially when you convert US dollar$ to Egyptian pounds :D) was the performance issue. With a 15+ VS solution each of over 15 classes (not small ones), you get slow down at project opening and many times at typing (while it’s trying to get the smart intellisense or other great features to me).

This also cost A LOT of memory. I had a friend who installed it only in code review sessions and uninstalled it just after the code review because how greedy it is in terms of RAM. Things got a little better from R# 2 to 3, but also my work got bigger at the same time, so, it felt tedious.

Now with Resharper 4 (still in BETA) this is no longer an issue. I totally do not notice a difference in Visual Studio whether Resharper is there or not. This makes it great to develop and complete the parts that are missing and are actually must-have features Microsoft is missing in Visual Studio. It’s a really elegant piece of work.

I’d still worry about pricing, especially vs. FREE Visual Studio (you get via your company’s MSDN subscription usually, so, it “feels” free to you), but this is another story.

Reshaper 4 BETA News / Download

In my last post, I put a note about R# 4 nightly builds performance that more than anybody targeted mainly Mohamed Tayseer, my colleague who used R# only in some code review sessions and uninstalled it just after. A few hours later he returned the favor by pointing me out that R# 4 BETA was announced yesterday.

BTW, if you haven’t guessed already, R# 4 BETA is a FREE evaluation version.

Here are the related resources:

Dark Visual Studio W/ Resharper – My VS Settings (Colors, Windows Layout, …) – V2


I blogged my old Visual Studio settings before for Visual Studio 2005, using a dark color theme and optimizing it for Resharper features like Resharper colorings and “Current Line Highlight”.

Today I’m sharing with you my settings for VS 2008. Things have changed a bit since the first time, so, you’ll find the layout different and colors as well, although still dark as well.

The one thing to notice is using “Lucida Console” font instead of the popular “Consolas”. Also, if things look a bit small to you, this is because I’m using “Lucida Console” with size 9, and my entire Windows OS layout is using “Arial Unicode MS” font with size “7”. It’s killing for someone with sight shortage, but you never get enough of a 15 inch laptop screen, even if wide one!

By the way, the version of Resharper used with VS 2008 is the latest of the nightly builds of Resharper 4. The best thing I like about it besides supporting C# 3.0 of course is the performance improvements. Now “Solution Wide Analysis” is off by default and I still get most of the features I need of Resharper. Maybe This is the reason for the massive performance increase or whatever the reason, it’s just nice.

You can download my settings right here:

File iconVS_Dark_Colors-W-Resharper-20080522.vssettings

By the way, if you are interested in how my old VS settings looked like, check this:

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 BETA

Microsoft .NET framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 and Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 now have public BETAs. The service pack of Visual Studio 2008 has really interesting stuff.

Highlights I’m interested in are performance improvements in HTML editor, collection of JavaScript intellisense hotfixes plus new ones enabling better JavaScript intellisense for libraries like jQuery, JavaScript Code Formatting, ASP.NET Routing engine (the one used in ASP.NET MVC, it is actually developed as separate component), new release of the Entity Framework and LINQ to Entities and ADO.NET Data Services, WCF tools, minor C# editor improvements and interesting LINQ to SQL debugging improvements.

Other improvements include ASP.NET AJAX history management (browser back button support), ASP Classic server-side code intellisense fix, new desktop applications installation model called "Client-only Subset", ClickOnce improvements, various WPF improvements, and some new WPF and Windows Forms controls.

This post is not for repeating the announcements, instead referring to other related content:


Egypt: Heroes Happen Here (AKA, Microsoft 2008 Launch Event in Cairo)

It’s very nice to know that the launch event is not merged with EDC 2008, but comes before it. The 2008 launch event covers VS 2008, Win 2008 and SQL 2008.

It’ll be held March 24th @ Intercontinental City Stars Hotel (Register Now)

The agenda:

Time General Sessions
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Registration / Coffee
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Keynote Speech
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Break
Infrastructure Track Database & Development Track
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Windows Server 2008 Overview Breakthrough software development challenges with Visual Studio 2008
12:30 PM – 13:15 PM Windows Server 2008 Security and Compliance Technology Reach end users with Next Generation Web Applications
13:15 PM – 14:15 PM Lunch
14:15 PM – 15:00 PM Windows Server 2008 Virtualization Technologies Build and Deploy Data Applications with SQL Server 2008
15:00 PM – 15:45 PM Windows Server 2008 Web and Application Technologies SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Platform
15:45 PM – 16:00 PM Closing


Found Via Amir Magdy.

ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions, MVC, Expression Studio and Silverlight & IE 8 Preview Updates

With MIX, and meeting the announced MVC roadmap, the new versions of AS.NET Extensions are now publicly available.ASP.NET MVC Framework Preview 2 is available also as separate download, same as Silverlight 2.0 BETA 1 (and Expression studio, Silverlight VS 2008 Tools).

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