Microsoft Announces Enhancements To Bing Developer Assistant

Bing Developer Assistant

Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio combines the functionality of two popular Visual Studio extensions into one: Sample Browser and Bing Code Search. It allows developers to find and reuse over 19 million of code snippets and code sample projects from within the Visual Studio IDE.  The plugin is also enabled with Bing contextual search that currently helps with root causing compiler errors and code lookup. Today, they are dropping the Bing brand from the name, it would be just ‘Developer Assistant’ going forward.

Following new features are added in the March update,

IntelliSense window now pinnable:

In the RTM version of this extension, the IntelliSense Window self-dismisses when you click anywhere outside the window, which makes it inconvenient to reuse the code samples in your code. To address this, we now enable you to pin this window by clicking the ‘Pin’ button. You can move or dock the window anywhere in Visual Studio so it doesn’t block the view of your code. You can also pin multiple API Help windows and dock them together for easy access.

“How do I…” code search in IntelliSense:

In this update we added ‘How do I’ code search back to the IntelliSense Window. This change makes it easier to find code samples that address certain programming tasks. You can also invoke the ‘How do I’ search using the ‘Ctrl + Shift + F1’ shortcut key.

Settings to pick your preferred IntelliSense experience:

In response to feedback, we added a setting so you can pick the default IntelliSense behaviors – Visual Studio’s IntelliSense or Developer Assistant-enhanced IntelliSense. This setting is available under Tools / Options… / Developer Assistant / IntelliSense.

Learn more about it here.

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