A group blog from members of the VB team
Very exciting news! Developer Express is coming out with a new version of the FREE add-in we all know today as Refactor!. The new product, CodeRush XPress, builds on Refactor! by increasing the refactoring count to 59! It also includes a host of other editing functionality, making it a much richer tool for all-around IDE productivity. Consume-first providers enable a different way of programming, whereby you can refer to variables, properties, classes, and other members before they are defined. Then the IDE tools insert the definition for you, so you don't need to write all that plumbing code, or break your thought flow. There are a number of navigation features in CodeRush Xpress such as Tab to Next Reference, CamelCase Navigation, Quick Symbol Navigation and File Navigation. There are also editing features, including Smart Cut, Smart Copy, Structural Highlighting, and Duplicate Line.
The best way to learn these features is to see them in action. Take a look at the VB.NET video here:
CodeRush Xpress 9.1: VB.NET Video
It's a great demonstration of the features and also very entertaining, with fun personalities Mark Miller & Dustin Campbell. For more information, please see the blog post by Mark Miller, Chief Scientist of Developer Express. And finally, here's a link to the download!
FREE DOWNLOAD: CodeRush XPress 9.1 Beta for VS 2005 and VS 2008
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Is this really supported in VS2005... Historically this has not been the case and the official page (linked to from here) currently says VS2008 but fails to mention VS2005
CodeRush Xpress has always been intended to only work with the latest shipping paid-for versions of Visual Studio (IOW, not the Express editions), so it should only install in VS 2008.
Can you compare the refactorings in CodeRush/Refactor! with what is built into Visual Studio 2010 for both VB and C#?
59 Refactorings, 17 consume-first providers, and a  lot more! Marc Schweigert send us this link
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