ReSharper 8 - Formatting Specifier Completion

Took advantage of a nice feature in ReSharper 8 today. I wanted to grab the current DateTime and display the time only, in 12-hour format with seconds and AM/PM. But I don’t do it often and couldn’t remember the exact format off the top of my head. So I typed DateTime.Now.ToString(" and paused for a moment to think… And lo’ and behold, ReSharper came to the rescue. I totally forgot about a new feature called “formatting specifier completion”. You get an intellisense-format drop-down, with applicable format strings (in this case, formats that could be applied »

How to get old extensions to work in newer versions of Visual Studio (specifically, how to use the "Visual Studio 2013 Color Theme Editor" in VS "14")

I’ve been playing around with VS “14” and the new C# 6 features, but the default theme is burning my eyes out. I tried to install the Visual Studio 2013 Color Theme Editor, but it threw the following error: You can get around this by modifying the manifest file. Open “ColorThemeEditor.vsix” using a program like 7-Zip (the file is just a zip file). Extract the “extension.vsixmanifest” file and open it in a text editor (Notepad is fine). Look for the following section: Note the left square bracket, but the right parenthesis. Here’s the meaning (you can »

"Find and Replace" as Default Search in Visual Studio 2013

Visual Studio 2013 provides two search boxes, similar in functionality but differing considerably in design. The first one, accessible using Ctrl+F, is minimalist, pushed into the corner with all the controls packed together as tightly as possible. 5449-VisualStudio2013FindBox" title="" /> The second, accessible using Ctrl+Shift+F, is a more “standard” one, with ample spacing and utilizing the familiar popup dialog box. 0421-VisualStudio2013FindReplaceBox" title="" /> I imagine this is part of the ongoing effort to keep things “flattened” and maintain focus in the current screen (consider Peek Definition and the scrollbar’s Preview Tooltip). But I no like. It’s awkward »

Review: Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook, by Jeff Martins and Richard Banks

I was recently offered a complimentary copy of Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook. This was timely, since I focus primarily on the Microsoft stack and use Visual Studio 2012 daily, and our team at work is considering upgrading soon. Before you read further, note that this book is neither an in-depth guide to Visual Studio for someone who’s never used it before, nor a complete tutorial on the C# language, .NET 4.5 / 4.51, or any particular construct(s) therein. Instead, this book is split between general enhancements, such as the Quick Find box and continuous testing, and enhancements »