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First Annual International No IntelliSense Day

So you've been programming in .NET for a while now.  You think you know the framework.

Do you?

I'm declaring March 22 International No IntelliSense Day.  How can you participate?  I'm glad you asked!  It's easy:

  1. VS.NET -> Tools -> Options.
  2. Look at the image below.
  3. Uncheck Auto list members.
  4. Uncheck Parameter information.

That's it!  Next Monday you will become a man (or woman).  Group hug.

Hint:  If you haven't installed the MSDN Library yet, do it now.  You'll need it.


Paul Wilson said:

That's just sick. :)
# March 17, 2004 10:14 PM

Darrell said:

I'm up for some unnecessary pain and suffering!
# March 17, 2004 10:48 PM

Scott Sargent said:

I'm up for some suffering as well, bring it on. March 22, no intellisense. I will probably wear out my F7 key (compile) on that day.

# March 17, 2004 10:53 PM

Ryan Farley said:

OK, I am up for it. I'm such a man that you can call me a Man.NET
# March 17, 2004 10:53 PM

timh said:

are you insane?!?! choosing to remove developer productivity!?!?!

intellisense is the #1 most underrated and underawarded tool in the world. period.

well, okay that and solitaire (hey it's bug free)
# March 17, 2004 11:36 PM

Jeff Key said:

Haha, sorry, Tim.

I agree that it's convenient, but I do see people hunting through the IntelliSense looking for stuff they know is there just so they don't have to type it, and that usually takes them longer than actually typing it! :)
# March 17, 2004 11:42 PM

Matt Hawley said:

Sometimes I hate intellisense, like when your editing HTML and you want to type just an "a", but "AccessKey" gets placed in instead. Err. I may try it, but then give up on it after 10 min :)
# March 17, 2004 11:49 PM

Jerry Dennany said:

Hmmm.. Maybe I should attend Intellisense Anonymous. I'm hooked, and I don't think I can give it up.
# March 18, 2004 12:53 AM

Dave Rothgery said:

I think I'd rather try programming one-handed. It sounds less painful.
# March 18, 2004 12:58 AM

Scott said:

Does it count if you stopped using VS a while back and started coding your ASPX, ASCX and code behind pages in a text editor because the flipping environment kept switching off intellisense and you'd have to restart it to bring it back?

Heck I don't even have VS installed at home on any of my machines, I just use Editplus and NAnt. I don't suffer foolish environments long.

Been that way for a while. Me.Manly++; :)
# March 18, 2004 1:03 AM

Ryan Rinaldi said:

This is by far the most twisted and sickest thing I've ever heard.

I'm in. :)
# March 18, 2004 1:03 AM

Jon Galloway said:

Make it "No Google Day" and you'll have me scared. Probably fired, too.
# March 18, 2004 1:27 AM

SBC said:

this is non-intellisense..
# March 18, 2004 6:31 AM

The Penton-izer said:

Why not just use your favorite text editor instead? That and occasional Anakrino or Class Browser trips and I am good to go!
# March 18, 2004 8:46 AM

AndrewSeven said:

I have a whole buch of projects in each solution, so IntelliSense stops working regularly. No need for a special day.
# March 18, 2004 9:08 AM

Scott Galloway said:

Sorry...but you are a bad, bad man for even suggesting this - shame on you!
# March 18, 2004 9:21 AM

Juan Felipe MAchado said:

jeje, I really like this one!!.
PD. Just one problem. I'm from Colombia and the next monday (march 22) is a holliday... So I'll do it on march 23.
# March 18, 2004 9:53 AM

Jeff Key said:

Jon: No Google? Now _that_ is pure insanity!

Scott: Bravo! Would you consider being the mascott for INISD? :)

Penton: Anakrino? Isn't Reflector's decompiled output a superset of that? Regardless, it's still a good tool.
# March 18, 2004 10:14 AM

Frans Bouma said:

That's a bummer, I think I've to design some serious forms on monday ;)
# March 18, 2004 12:02 PM

Jeff Key said:

David: I agree! As they say, "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone". INISD isn't about trashing IntelliSense, but rather celebrating it. :)
# March 18, 2004 5:19 PM

Jeff Key said:

Sean: I think it can be a crutch or a godsend, but usually the latter....
# March 19, 2004 6:51 PM