Saturday, February 22, 2014

CodeMaid extension for visual studio

Till now I'm a resharper fan boy and I still love using it. It is a great productivity tool. But it is not free for commercial use. So lots of my friends tell me that they want something open source or free which provide some kind of productivity over normal visual studio things and recently I came across CodeMaid extension of visual studio. It is a great plugin. It's not replacement of resharper but it will surely increase your productivity and make your code clean.

What is CodeMaid?

CodeMaid is an open source Visual Studio extension to cleanup, dig through and simplify our C#, C++, F#, VB, XAML, XML, ASP, HTML, CSS, LESS, JavaScript and TypeScript coding.

You can download that from following link.

http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/76293c4d-8c16-4f4a-aee6-21f83a571496.

It also got  a separate site for that from where you can see and learn all the features. Following is a link for that.

http://www.codemaid.net/

 Here you can find latest news, feature list and documentation for code maid.

Installing CodeMaid

Installing CodeMaid is really easy download .vsix file from the above link and then double click on that. It will automatically start installing it.. It will ask for list of Visual Studio available like following.

CodeMaid

Once you click on install it will install CodeMaid plugin in Visual Studio.

Features of CodeMaid Extension of Visual Studio:

There are lots of features available with CodeMaid Extension of Visual Studio.

Code Cleaning:

This feature will automatically run on save. It will do following things.
  1. Removed unused using statement and sort them
  2. Add unspecified access modifier.
  3. Add Blank line padding.
  4. Remove blank lines adjacent to braces.
  5. Run Visual Studio formatting
  6. Remove Constructive blank lines.
  7. Remove End of Line white spaces.
  8. Update region tags.
You find more about this at -http://www.codemaid.net/documentation/#cleaning

Code Digging:

Once you install CodeMaid it will add a CodeMaid spade where you can navigate and digg code. Here you can alphabetically sort everything drag and drop members etc.

CodeMaidSpade

There are tons of features available like Joining, Formatting, Collapsing, Configuring, Switching etc. You can find that for the following feature documentation list.

http://www.codemaid.net/documentation/

I have used it for few days and highly recommend it it saves lot of time. Hope you like it. Stay tuned for more.
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