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If you're already a fast coder, a wee bit set in your ways, and skeptical of plug-ins and extensions, you'll really appreciate the understated interfaces of the program. This product doesn't get in your way.
If you cringe at the thought of another parser running as you edit, you'll be impressed with the speed of Visual Assist. This plug-in doesn't consume resources just to tell you you've violated a formatting standard.
Features and Highlights
Move about your code with newfound ease—to any file, method, symbol, or reference in your projects and solutions. Get anywhere from anywhere.
Reduce the complexity of your code, improve its readability, and make it extensible without changing its external behavior. Refactor legacy code, code you inherit, or the first version of your own work.
Generate code faster than you think possible, even if you use just a handful of the features in the app. As you become a proficient user, write and update code even faster.
Write code faster with the assistance that doesn't get in your way, especially when you're on a roll. Visual Assist suggests completions only if they save you serious typing, and quietly fixes mistakes in your wake.
Make sense of complex code, or code you haven't touched in a long time, with an assortment of tool windows, browsers, and fields that provide information where and when you need it.
Watch the software correct mistakes as you make them, especially errors in symbol case and pointer notation. Type entirely in lower case, and watch Visual Assist correct the case of all of your symbols. Save the shift key for your definitions.
Inspect your code for specific quality issues as you edit. The Code Inspection feature of Visual Assist, based on LLVM/Clang, diagnoses and fixes typical programming errors, like style violations, interface misuse, and bugs that can be deduced via static analysis.
Expand frequently typed segments of code with a more powerful version of the like-named feature in the IDE. Include symbols from the current context, prompt for user input, and edit snippets in a custom editor.
Use the VA Memory View and the VA Step Filter included with the app to shorten the time required to debug native C/C++.
View code from 30,000 feet, and rearrange code so it's easier to understand and maintain. Tool windows in the program supply entirely new functionality to the IDE, and bring together oft-used built-in functionality to more efficient tool windows.
Connect comment substrings to external applications and websites, such as bug trackers, case managers, documentation, and source code control systems.
Adjust the multitude of features in Visual Assist to suit your programming environment and habits. Find your favorite features, and make them hum for maximum productivity.
Note: 30 days trial version. Requires Microsoft Visual C++.