Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

This is the ninth in a series of blog posts I’m doing on the upcoming VS 2010 and .NET 4 release.  In today’s blog post I’m going to cover some of the new code searching and navigation features that are now built-into VS 2010.

Searching and Navigating code

Developers need to be able to easily navigate, search and understand the code-base they are working on.  In usability studies we’ve done, we typically find that developers spend more time reading, reviewing and searching existing code than actually writing new code. 

The VS 2010 code editor adds some nice new features that allow you to more productively search and navigate a code-base, and enable you to more easily understand how code is being used within a solution. 

Searching and Navigating the ASP.NET MVC Source Code

For this blog post I’m going to use the ASP.NET MVC framework code-base (which has many thousand lines of code) to help demonstrate some of the new VS 2010 searching and navigation features.  If you have VS 2010 Beta 2 installed, you can follow along by downloading and opening the ASP.NET MVC framework source code from here.

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You should find that the performance of the below features is really fast with this project – despite it being many thousands of lines of code in size.  All of the features I’m demonstrating below are also now built-into VS 2010 (and work for all project types and for both VB and C#).

VS 2010 “Navigate To” Support

Being able to quickly find and navigate code is important with both big and small solutions.

Visual Studio 2010 now supports a new (Ctrl+comma) keyboard shortcut (meaning the control key is held down together with the comma key).  When you press the (Ctrl+comma) combination, a new VS 2010 “Navigate To” dialog will appear that allows you to quickly search for types, files, variables and members within your solution – and then open and navigate to them:

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The “Navigate To” dialog provides an fast incremental search UI – with results immediately populating as soon as you start typing search terms.  For example, type “cont” (without pressing enter) and you’ll see that 176 results immediately show up within the results list as you start to type:

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Type a few more characters and you’ll see the list automatically filters to just those results that match “controller”:

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You can use the scroll bar to scroll through the results – or alternatively press the tab key and then use the cursor arrows if you don’t want to take your hands off the keyboard.  You’ll find that the “Navigate To” window lists all types of results that match your search term – including Type names, Method/Property names, Field declarations, and file names:

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Selecting any of the results in the results list will open the relevant source file within VS 2010 (if it isn’t already open) and take you immediately to the relevant source location (and highlight the relevant name within it):

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Nice Fuzzy Search Capabilities

The “Navigate To” search box supports some nice “fuzzy search” capabilities that allow you to perform smart filters and searches without having to know exactly the name of the thing you are looking for.  These work well with the incremental/immediate search UI of the dialog – and allow you to refine your searches and get real-time results as you type.

To try this out let’s first search on the word “cache”.  Notice how the search results include not just items that start with the word “cache” – but also display any results that have the word “cache” in it:

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We can add multiple words to the search textbox to further filter the results.  For example, below I am filtering the list to only include those that have both “cache” and “action” in the name:

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Types and members within the .NET Framework using a naming design-guideline pattern called “Pascal Casing” – which means that the first letter of each word in a Type or Member name is capitalized.  The “Navigate To” dialog allows you to optionally use this “Pascal Casing” convention to quickly filter types. Just type the uppercase first letter of names in a type/member and it will automatically filter for results that match the uppercase pascal naming convention. 

For example, typing “AMS” will filter to the below results (just those types and members that have words in them that start with A then M then S):

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The “Navigate To” dialog allows you to quickly filter and locate code with a minimum of keystrokes – and avoid you ever having to use the mouse, open the solution explorer, and click on a file directly.

View Call Hierarchy

Having the ability to quickly search and navigate to code is great.  Being able to also quickly discover how that code is being used is even better.  VS 2010 introduces a new “View Call Hierarchy” feature that allows you to quickly discover where a particular method or property within your code-base is being called from, and allows you to quickly traverse the call tree graph throughout the code-base (without having to run or debug the solution).

To use this feature, simply select a method or property name within your code-base, and then either type the (Ctrl+K,Ctrl+T) keyboard shortcut combination, or right-click and select the “View Call Hierarchy” context menu command:

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This will bring up a new “Call Hierarchy” tool window that by default shows up under the code editor.  Below you can see how the “Call Hierarchy” window is displaying the two methods within our solution that invoke the ViewPage.RenderView() method we selected above. 

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We can then optionally drill down hierarchically into the first “RenderViewAndRestoreContentType” method to see who in-turn calls it:

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For virtual methods/properties you can also use the call hierarchy window to see what types sub-class and override them.

Double clicking any of the members within the “Call Hierarchy” window will open the appropriate source file and take you immediately to that source location:

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This allows you to quickly navigate throughout a code-base and better understand the relationships between classes and methods as you code.

Highlighted References

With VS 2010, when you select or highlight a variable / parameter / field declaration within the code-editor, all subsequent usages of it are now automatically highlighted for you within the editor.  This makes it easy to quickly identify where and how a variable or parameter is being used.

For example, when we select the “controllerContext” parameter passed to the ControllerActionInvoker.GetParameterValue() method in the editor below, notice how the 4 usages of it within that method are also now automatically highlighted:

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If I select a local variable within the method, all the places it is used are also now automatically highlighted:

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If multiple usages are highlighted, you can cycle through them using the (Ctrl-Shift-up arrow) and (Ctrl-Shift-Down arrow) keystrokes to quickly move the cursor to the previous or next highlighted symbol.

Summary

The new VS 2010 text editor makes it easy to quickly search, navigate and explore code within a project or solution.  The performance of these operations is really fast (even with a large code-base) and are kept up to date as you work on the project and make changes to it.  The end result enables you to be much more productive.

Hope this helps,

Scott

P.S. In addition to blogging, I have recently been using Twitter to-do quick posts and share links. You can follow me on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/scottgu (@scottgu is my twitter name)

Published Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:50 AM by ScottGu

Comments

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:58 AM by Scott Xu

mark and will read later

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:59 AM by Maciej Golis

Scott, it looks great!!! Should help a lot ...

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 4:00 AM by blad3runn69

awesome! thank ü ScottGu

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 4:33 AM by Mohib Sheth

Nice tutorial. Loving the new features, Call Hierarchy in particular :)

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 4:43 AM by syedemad

Thanks Scott, you ROCK!

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 4:44 AM by Bogdan

Easy navigation, finally.

Now when do you think VS will support CTRL+Click on a type name?

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 5:10 AM by Sumith

That's a good tutorial, when are you coming to Europe..

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 5:44 AM by Philippe

These features really remind me of Eclipse. That's a very good news because I was missing these when in Visual Studio, especially the "Navigate To" which is an invaluable addition!

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 5:44 AM by Paul Spencer

This looks like re-sharper's navigation. I was told to hold off till 2010 release before we looked at getting resharper licences.  Are there any other places of overlap between r# 4.5 and 2010? (I'm hoping no, so I can get my boss to spring for r# now!)

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 5:45 AM by Pedro

The call hierarchy feature is great! I've been wanting something like that and wondered why VS could only take you to the methods that a particular block of code calls (like "Go to definition"), but not tell you where *that* code gets called from. Kudos to the VS team.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 6:12 AM by bumble

call hierarchy is the best!

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 6:13 AM by Alastair Smith

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :-)  Eclipse (Java Development Tools) has had all these features for a while now, so I'm thrilled to see them finally make it into VS!

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 6:25 AM by Koistya `Navin

I like these new features very much ^_^

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 6:25 AM by Sgro

Those improvements are great. Looking forward to VS2010 even more.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 7:28 AM by toth3max

Great features! Nice tutorial. Thanks!

Is VS2010 Pro replacing VS2008 Standard? If so is it decided which version will be available to WebSiteSpark?

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 7:49 AM by kobi

Absolutely amazing to see how this version is evolving and grows. I loved the highlighted references feature. A lot of tiny features make a big difference (just like Windows 7). Keep doing the wonderful job.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:04 AM by Jussi Isotupa

Navigate To: Why do you need to press TAB before you can start using cursors to move between results? Why force us to press keys (i.e. TAB) that provide no additional value? Why not just make cursor keys work without tabbing like in DevExpress' CodeRush?

Please think about our poor wrists and nerves :) - I hope these turn out to be incredibly fast to use.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:22 AM by Jack

Is the delay in the automatic highlighting intentional?

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:26 AM by Joe White

In the Navigate To window, is there any way to specify what type of items you're searching for? For example, can you tell it that, for this search, you only want to look for classes (and not members)? Or that you're specifically looking for an enum? A field? A property? An event? Etc.

Also: when it's using your filter to find class members, will the filter apply to both the member name and the type name? For example, if I know I'm looking for a field with "cache" in its name, and I know the class where that field is declared has "controller" in its name, can I type "cache controller" and find it? Or would that only find fields that have both "cache" and "controller" in the field name?

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:31 AM by Jonathan Robson

These features look fantastic but the million dollar question... do they work for unmanaged c++ projects also?

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:49 AM by Chris

Nice article. Not being negative, but it is about time that VS started to catch up with the Eclipse features (all mentioned above are in Eclipse).

Some questions:

1) Does "Navigate To" support looking up static files? (e.g. javascript, css, etc)

2) Is there a way to get "Navigate To" to work on compiled libraries that are referenced in the solution (e.g. if I type "stream" it would bring back all of the classes/functions/etc that have stream in my referenced DLLs)

3) For the "View Call Hierarchy" can separate keyboard shortcuts be assigned to each feature (e.g. one shortcut to list calls to a function, another for calls from and a third for subclasses)?

4) For the "View Call Hierarchy" does the feature show both super and sub class overrides of the same function or just subclasses?

I'd try these out, but I run a Mac...

Thanks

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:13 AM by vik20000in

Simply Awesome

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:24 AM by Fisher

Great new feature. very helpful for me!

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:20 AM by Chandra

This helps a lot and saves developers time and be more productive. I like the select some text and highlights all the places where its been used within that page. Otherwise we would have to do it with Ctrl+F and click F3 to navigate between the selections.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:47 AM by Tuomas Hietanen

VS2010 could have some very basic ReSharper functionality:

- Show error/warning-bar near the vertical scrollbar. How can you ever refactor an old class without it.

- Resolve reference and add project reference for missing dll (eg. for System.* and Microsoft.* would be just enough.)

- Easy way to make one line XML-comments ///<summary> ... </summary>

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 11:04 AM by Shawn Neal

Oh man, highlighted references are awesome! I use this ALL the time in Notepad++.

The search stuff seems cool, but it seems like its missing context as input. It appears that searching may in fact return methods, classes, properties - which in some limited scenarios is useful, but really I want global navigation via this feature.  Navigating 2 million lines of C# code, I would be overrun with results in our codebase.

Additionally, the current VS search in files is really useful, now if it only was indexed for instant results, now that would rock! A lot of the time I need to find strings in comments, xml docs, or resx files. I've heard MS internally has such a VS addin...

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 11:40 AM by RussPainter

Brilliant Stuff!!  

There's a bug in the Navigate To window (it disappears if there are too many matches, or when scrolling).  I've just reported this as a bug.

But other than that, works great!  It's such a small thing but I really like the variable usage highlighting.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 1:20 PM by Brent Engwall

Hi Scott.  I am very glad to see the reference highlighting. (Little things make the biggest difference sometimes.)  MyEclipse has had that for a while and I missed it when working with VS2008.  MyEclipse also has a nifty feature where if you double click a tab, that tab will maximize to fill the entire IDE window.  Double clicking it again resets it back to normal.  This would be nice to see in a future release (if it is not in VS2010 already).

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 1:49 PM by pbz

Can we have an option to enable the lines in the Solution Explorer tree? When you have a big tree, it helps to have those lines around...

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:15 PM by singhgurd

Great set of features that makes life lot more easier.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:23 PM by tcmaster

Isn't it easier that you just buy Jetbrain? (this can also kill Java's best IDE) These feature has been there for years (literally), and in a much user friendly way implemented. It seems microsoft finally find code editor worth some efforts.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 5:31 PM by rodolfo

I miss already a feature "go to file"(file finder) with incremental search. Like delphi

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 7:55 PM by Dennis Gorelik

That's a good improvement in usability.

Currently I rely on "Find and Replace" accross Entire Solution dialogue (Ctrl-Shift-F).

But new search & navigation mechanisms would be a very nice addition to that.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:00 PM by Liam

Nice to see some plugin features making their way into VS. Not sure if I will be retiring my ReSharper license just yet though.

It will be interesting to see how the performance goes on a 'real' large project. My Linq2Sql designer file itself is 131000 lines with 300+ classes and ReSharper will bog down with autocomplete when working in the partial DataContext class (VS2008)... Hopefully VS2010 won't suffer the same problem.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:15 PM by vigord

nice...

Catching up with ReSharper.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:23 PM by jack.niu

the Navigating is quite cool, with it, we can find our methods and properties very quickly. like it.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:58 PM by ScottGu

@Bogdan,

>>>>>>> Now when do you think VS will support CTRL+Click on a type name?

Can you provide more details on what you are looking for with this?  You can click a type name and use F12 today to go to its definition.  Was that the scenario you were looking for?

Thanks,

Scott

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:59 PM by ScottGu

@Sumith,

>>>>>>> That's a good tutorial, when are you coming to Europe..

I was just in Europe a few weeks ago. :-)  I might be coming back in December.  I'll blog/tweet if that is indeed the case.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 11:01 PM by ScottGu

@Paul,

>>>>>>> Are there any other places of overlap between r# 4.5 and 2010? (I'm hoping no, so I can get my boss to spring for r# now!)

Resharper is great and a lot of devs absolutely adore it.  There are other features in VS 2010 that do overlap now more with Resharper functionality (I'll blog about some of them later this week).  Having said that, VS 2010 also now has much richer extensibility - so I expect Resharper and other plugin makers to continue to deliver even better value in the future.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 11:03 PM by ScottGu

@toth3max,

>>>>>>> Is VS2010 Pro replacing VS2008 Standard? If so is it decided which version will be available to WebSiteSpark?

VS Professional has always been there - so I wouldn't think of it as replacing VS Standard.

WebsiteSpark includes 3 copies of VS Professional (2008 today - 2010 in the future).  So you can get 3 copies of VS 2010 Professional with WebsiteSpark (that include all the above features) once it ships.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 11:04 PM by ScottGu

@Jussi,

>>>>>>>>> Navigate To: Why do you need to press TAB before you can start using cursors to move between results? Why force us to press keys (i.e. TAB) that provide no additional value? Why not just make cursor keys work without tabbing like in DevExpress' CodeRush?

Good news is that I mispoke in my blog post.  You actually don't need to click the tab key - just press the arrow keys and it works as well.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 11:06 PM by ScottGu

@Jack,

>>>>>>>> Is the delay in the automatic highlighting intentional?

There is usually a few second pause.  I think it is a combination of both being intentional (to avoid flickering the screen as you move quickly), as well as probably an implementation detail for performance reasons.

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Thursday, October 22, 2009 12:39 AM by ScottGu

@Mike,

>>>>>>>>> One question though - I remember a blog post a year or so ago about possible VS features similar to Highlighted References and a comment on that posting lead me to RockScroll (www.hanselman.com/.../IntroducingRockScroll.aspx) Are there any plans to fold any more RockScroll-like features into the final VS2010 code editor? Being able to visualize the entire file in the scroll bar is a very useful tool for me.

I think we actually have/had something like this built-in (but off by default - although I can't figure out how to turn it on right now <g>).

The good news is that the VS 2010 editor is super extensible - so building these types of plugins is now really easy.  Expect to see a lot of plugins like this start to appear (written by both Microsoft and other developers/companies).

Hope this helps,

Scott

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Thursday, October 22, 2009 3:22 AM by Mike Harges

Just a couple of comments after playing with Beta 2 for a couple of evenings...

1. The Start Page automatically closes after a project is opened. Yes! A minor change but much appreciated. It always annoyed me to have to close that page manually.

2. Selecting a line is subtly different in VS2010 than in previous versions. There's a bit of white space at the beginning of each line between the modified line indicator and the first editable character on the line. In previous versions of VS clicking on that whitespace selected the entire line. In VS2010 I have to click on the modified line indicator area to select the line. Clicking on the whitespace does nothing - in fact the cursor changes back to the normal pointer over that whitespace. Its a subtle change but it means I'll have to break a habit formed from years of use in previous versions - hopefully it's just a beta thing and line selection will revert to the previous behavior in the release version.

the approx. 1 character's worth of white space between the modified line color bar on the left and the first editable character on the right

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Thursday, October 22, 2009 3:40 AM by Andrew

Scott,

Great job with the new call hierarchy.

It would be great to have a list of current partial classes come up in intellisense when defining a new partial class. This would make extending existing partial classes much easier.

Thanks

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Thursday, October 22, 2009 4:51 AM by Atirez

Hi Scott, thanks for the heads up. These features (especially the call heirarchy) are things I have wanted for a long time. I am looking forward to trying out VS2010.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Thursday, October 22, 2009 8:57 AM by Lance

Maybe someone mentioned this already as I haven't read all the comments, but I like the Ctrl + , idea that brings up the search window.  However, I was hoping that it would be somewhat like excel where it will show you all instances in your code where that word/call was used.  Maybe show a small snippet of the code where it is used and then in a second column, the page and line number where it is found.  That would be more handy for me as I could quickly get an idea of the context of the code in the search result and what page it was in so I could doubleclick and quickly get to the right place in my code.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Thursday, October 22, 2009 12:09 PM by John Schroedl

Reference Highlighting is not working in my C++ code. Any chance that'll work for production?

Sadly, I'm getting the "if it aint managed it aint worth our time" vibe on these new features. Call hierarchy also doesn't work with my C++ project either.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Thursday, October 22, 2009 6:48 PM by oshri

modal dialog.... please don't....... enough with modal dialogs.

do something smarter!!

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Thursday, October 22, 2009 11:16 PM by ScottGu

@Mike,

>>>>>>> 2. Selecting a line is subtly different in VS2010 than in previous versions. There's a bit of white space at the beginning of each line between the modified line indicator and the first editable character on the line. In previous versions of VS clicking on that whitespace selected the entire line. In VS2010 I have to click on the modified line indicator area to select the line. Clicking on the whitespace does nothing - in fact the cursor changes back to the normal pointer over that whitespace. Its a subtle change but it means I'll have to break a habit formed from years of use in previous versions - hopefully it's just a beta thing and line selection will revert to the previous behavior in the release version.

Can you send me email (scottgu@microsoft.com) with more details on this?  I have looped in the VS core team and they'd like to work with you to investigate more.

Thanks,

Scott

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Thursday, October 22, 2009 11:39 PM by Joel

Good Demo on the advanced search tool features.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Friday, October 23, 2009 12:42 AM by Igor Fle

What about navigation in JS files, very missing a class viewer for JS objects.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Friday, October 23, 2009 1:41 AM by hassan

Call Hierarchy is cool

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Friday, October 23, 2009 3:01 AM by Mike Harges

Scott -

I dropped you an email (subject line "Line Selection in VS2010") with a screenshot and a bit more explanation.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Friday, October 23, 2009 7:11 AM by Shreedhar Kotekar

I tried to use this feature in a web site project. It only lists the elements from AppCode fodler. Nothing from the actual website (codebheind file is listed). THe project is in VB and targets framework 3.5 sp1

Is this a known limitation or a bug?

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Friday, October 23, 2009 8:21 AM by Justin

FYI, these features seem to be missing from the Express versions.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Friday, October 23, 2009 8:33 PM by Ali

That is a Great option...

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Sunday, October 25, 2009 11:54 AM by Jayme Edwards

>>>In the Navigate To window, is there any way to specify what type of items you're searching for? For example, can you tell it that, for this search, you only want to look for classes (and not members)? Or that you're specifically looking for an enum? A field? A property? An event? Etc.

I was going to say the same thing. I'd like to see this implemented similar to in Google how you can say site:<domainname> searchterm (for instance "site:msdn.microsoft.com ScottGu". In this case it would be nice to say "t:UserControl" (for types that match UserControl) or "p:UniqueId" (for properties that match UniqueId).

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Sunday, October 25, 2009 10:24 PM by James.Ying

I love the new feature

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Monday, October 26, 2009 12:37 PM by denis

Is View Call Hierarchy feature somehow related to Caller Graph?

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Thursday, October 29, 2009 12:58 AM by clovett

Note: there is also a new visual complement of all this in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate.  See the "Architecture Explorer", and social.msdn.microsoft.com/.../threads for some pointers to docs and videos.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Thursday, October 29, 2009 3:50 AM by rstrahl

The highlight references feature is great. Now if you only get Refactoring to work just like that (ie. edit and change all references) THAT would be even more awesome (ala Refactor! Pro). The native refactoring in VS could use a little love with its modal dialogs.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Sunday, November 1, 2009 6:42 AM by Carsten Thomsen

The View Call Hierarchy is just great. I know the renaming functionality of VS 2008 can help you, if you want to rename a variable or method, but I quite often do want to check where a specific method or property is used, whether I need to rename or not.

# re: Searching and Navigating Code in VS 2010 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)

Monday, November 2, 2009 6:36 PM by flyspirit

I like the "Call hierarchy"