Microsoft today announced the release of the RTM version of Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio. You can download Bing Developer Assistant for your Visual Studio from the Visual Studio Extension Gallery. Bing Developer Assistant offers smart, contextual help to solve every day dev problems like searching for projects, code samples and resolving code errors, all from within the Visual Studio IDE. In Visual Studio 2015, the updated error list also has Bing-powered enhanced assistance built in for compile errors.
- A much larger pool of code samples: We improved our algorithm of extraction and ranking code samples from MSDN and Stack Overflow, which in turn increased the corpus to almost 19 million code samples: double the code sample collection in our first release.
- Introducing Contextual Compiler Error Assistant: Today, when you get a compilation error you don’t recognize, you typically copy/paste the error message into the search engine of choice outside of Visual Studio. Additionally, you often manually modify the query to include all the relevant context like Visual Studio version, .NET version, project type, and language. All this work takes you out of your code and into the chaos of search results. With BDA installed, when you get a compilation error, you can simply right click on the error and select Bing Contextual Search from the menu. The new Compile Error Assistant gathers the error information and all the relevant context to find the best potential solutions from the web using the power of contextual Bing search.
- Introducing Contextual Code Help:
You can learn about a class or method or comments in your code by using Bing Contextual Search, which is now available within the code editor. You can select some text in the code editor, right click and issue a Bing Contextual Search. The BDA automatically gathers the selected text, your project type, language, etc. to do a smart Bing search and displays results in the browser.
Read more about it here.