Monday, June 2, 2008

PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008

Visual Studio 2008 is obviously the latest and greatest IDE released from Microsoft and I'm really impressed with the improvements in the text editor, especially the enhancements to intellisense, refactoring and code snippets. However, I occasionally notice that there are one or two missing features.

I recently posted about the refactoring feature that allows you to organise the using directives in your C# code. This feature works great per file, but there is no solution level option that allows you to organise using directives for multiple files.

Another neat feature in the solution explorer allows you to right-click on a project and open the corresponding folder in Windows Explorer. However, there's no option to open a Visual Studio Command Prompt on the project folder. Furthermore, there should be a shell extension that adds Visual Studio Command Prompt Here to Windows Explorer.

And one more thing, why isn't there a Close All menu item when you open the context menu on the document explorer tabstrip? There's a Close and a Close All But This, but no Close All.

Anyway, if you've noticed some of these missing menu options then I suggest you take a look at the latest drop of PowerCommands over on the MSDN Code Gallery. And while you're at it, get yourself a copy of Ghostdoc. Both are highly recommended.

Click here to download a copy of PowerCommands.

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