Microsoft Announces Bing Developer Assistant For Visual Studio, Combines Code Search And Sample Browser Extensions

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Bing Developer Studio

Early this year, Microsoft announced Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 that helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. Today, Microsoft announced the new Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio combines the functionality of two popular Visual Studio extensions into one: Sample Browser and Bing Code Search.

What’s new with Bing Developer Assistant?

  • New Visual Studio IntelliSense experience to find code samples for API – Bing Developer Assistant delivers a major enhancement in Visual Studio IntelliSense. While coding, a relevant code snippet related to your current API will be automatically displayed in the IntelliSense window which is powered by Bing Code Search. Code snippets are short piece of code that you can easily learn and copy.

    You can copy the code, or click the source URL to view where the code snippet comes from, or click “Search More” to find more code samples related to the API. In the current release, the new IntelliSense experience is only available to C#, but teams are working to expand the functionality to more programming languages in the future.

  • Sample Browser one-stop shop – The Sample Browser window is now your one-stop shop for code samples. By entering your programming needs on the Visual Studio toolbar, you will get both code snippets and code sample projects. Code sample projects are complete Visual Studio demo solutions that you can download, build and run. With the new Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio, a world of code samples are now at your fingertips.
  • Offline search – We have also added a 3rd feature heated requested by our users – Offline search. The new plugin enables you to search for code samples among your local or downloaded sample projects even when you are disconnected from the Internet. You can configure Visual Studio to index your local sample folders in Tools / Options. The IntelliSense experience and the Sample Browser main window are still fully functional in the offline situation. What’s even better, it allows you to open the Visual Studio sample project that contains the code snippet with one click.

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Source: Microsoft



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