In version 5.0, there have been numerous bug fixes, new features, support for VisualStudio
2010 (including Visual Studio 2005 and 2008), performance and usability enhancements,
and much more. Resharper is also a lot faster. A personal license for Resharper
5.0 is still $199.00 and you can download a fully-functional 30 day trial at the Jetbrains site.
Here are highlights of some of the features that I particularly like in Resharper
Code Analysis for C#
ReSharper analyzes and highlights errors in C# code (up to C# 4.0) while you type,
without having to compile it first. It also helps you solve problems instantly,
by suggesting quick-fixes for most errors. You can analyze your code both in
a current file and throughout the entire solution. For example, in C# 3.0 Resharper
will recommend using "var" for type initialization, or making a method
ReSharper extends and improves Visual Studio's native code completion. If you begin
to use a namespace that isn't referenced, Resharper shows you a list of candidates
and will automatically insert the appropriate using statement at the top of the
class for you. It introduces color highlighting for fields, local variables,
and types; transforms code using context actions; lets you move and duplicate
blocks of code; auto-inserts brackets, parenthesis and quotes; shows concise
documentation for types, type members and method parameters as pop-up tips, and
Code Cleanup enables you to run a dozen useful ReSharper features at once — specifically,
reformat your code according to custom style settings, arrange usages of 'this'
qualifier, remove code redundancies, convert properties with backup fields to
auto-properties, make fields read-only if possible, optimize using directives,
shorten qualified references, update file header, replace explicit types with
vars, and revamp your code with many more settings. I don't know about you, but
I am pretty lazy when it comes to indentation and formatting. With Resharper,
my code has never looked cleaner!
ReSharper is smart enough to generate method stubs from usage, and feature-rich enough
to provide special-purpose dialog boxes for creating constructors, read and write
properties, and more. All these classy tools are readily accessible from a single
You can use a rich set of predefined code templates as well as define your own templates
to automatically create loops, arrays, variables, method declarations, and a
variety of other code constructs. File templates, 'surround with' templates and
live templates for C#, VB.NET and XML let you choose the most convenient way
of inserting a ready piece of code in any situation. Editing and managing templates
is now more convenient than ever!
Navigation and Search
Whenever you need to find a certain type, field, method, or any other symbol, ReSharper
provides you with a variety of ways to do it. You can find a symbol by name,
navigate to a symbol declaration from its reference in code, or find and highlight
symbol usages. ReSharper also allows you to thoroughly review type hierarchies
and file structures, with its dedicated tool windows that are smartly integrated
into Visual Studio user interface.
ReSharper provides a much wider set of automated code refactorings than Visual Studio.
In total, 34 different refactorings are available.
ReSharper automatically detects whether your project contains NUnit tests. It allows
you to run and profile unit tests right from the code editor, shows the structure
of tests in your solution, and provides you with a dedicated window where you
can analyze test results and re-run unit tests. Support for other test frameworks
(MbUnit, xUnit, MSTest) is available via third-party plugins.
Supported Languages and Technologies - including LINQ, XML and XAML
C# (up to 4.0)
ReSharper 5 Full Edition and C# Edition extend language support to C# 4.0, including
LINQ, implicitly typed locals and arrays, extension methods, automatic properties,
lambda expressions, object & collection initializers, anonymous types, expression
trees, and partial methods. ReSharper not only analyzes the new constructs, but
provides C# 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 -related enhancements in a number of areas — specifically,
warnings, suggestions, code completion options, refactorings, and templates.
ReSharper lets you apply most of its smart features to VB.NET code, including ASP.NET
pages written in VB.NET. Among other facilities, ReSharper's syntax highlighting,
coding assistance, code generation, navigation and search, parameter info, quick
documentation lookup, and many more features are available to any VB.NET developer.
All refactorings that were provided for C# 2.0 in ReSharper 3.x are now available
for Visual Basic 8. The greatest benefit is to be experienced by .NET developers
working on mixed C# and VB.NET projects.
ReSharper 4 significantly speeds up analysis of ASP.NET pages, to enable more web
developers benefit from the great toolset that ReSharper provides. Take advantage
of context actions, quick-fixes, coding assistance, navigation, refactorings,
and other features. For embedded C# code, error highlighting is available as
well. With ReSharper, you can easily edit and refactor C# code within ASP.NET,
as well as web control properties and events, data sources and content placeholders.
In ReSharper 5.0, support for ASP.NET is improved dramatically. New and enhanced
features for ASP.NET include Master page support in navigation and generation
actions. Specifically, ReSharper generates page content based on ContentPlaceHolders
from referenced master pages. It also supports ASP.NET MVC.
One really great productivity feature that I like is the ability to create live Templates
that will replace or surround code with predefined item. For example, lets' say
you've converted an old VB 6.0 project to VB.NET and you are now updating that
to C#. A lot of your Object-by-Value semantics from VB will require that you
cast to specific types. You can create surround templates that will replace highlighted
code expressions with (for example) Convert.ToString(expression) or Convert.ToInt32(expression).
All you need to do is highlight the expression and hit a few keys, and it's done!
NAnt and MS Build Scripts
Advanced editing capabilities, previously available only for C#, are now extended
to NAnt and MSBuild scripts — error highlighting, quick-fixes, code completion,
navigation and search, applicable refactorings and file structure view will make
your scripting experience easier.
There are a number of available open-source and third party plugins. Some can be
found up on the codeplex.com site.
You can get a better idea of the many new features in Resharper 5.0 here.
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