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Why Visual T4 is the greatest T4 editor in the world

Unlike every other T4 editor out there, Clarius Visual T4 is the only one to embed the actual C# editor inside the T4 code blocks. This may seem like irrelevant implementation detail to some, but let me show you why it’s not.

First, your language settings are fully honored, and not just because we read them and use them for our own editor (like other editors may do), but because it’s the built-in C# editor doing the work!

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Tooltips as usual in C#:

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Intellisense on APIs as usual in C#:

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Parameter info as usual in C# code :)

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Pretty good indenting!

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Full support for VERY complex includes! (the EF one has 2200+ lines)

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Full T4 directives intellisense with tooltips, as you’d expect:

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Can add arbitrary assemblies an get their intellisense too:

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Can build any LINQ query you fancy with full intellisense:

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Use your favorite code snippets as usual in C#:...

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Published Friday, July 5, 2013 5:57 PM by Daniel Cazzulino
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