IntroductionVisual Studio is an environment for serious programmers to develop applications for different platforms in different programming languages. It is one of the IDE (Integrated Developments Environment) environments out there. There are free version called Community Edition (especially for students, open source contributors and small teams) as well as paid versions of Visual Studio (for enterprises). You can download the latest version of Visual Studio by visiting their official website. The latest version of Visual Studio is 2015.
Although Visual Studio in itself is an amazing tool for programmers, it can be made even better by adding some useful extensions to it. So, if you have already downloaded and installed Visual Studio then you're lucky because in this article you're going to know about some of the coolest extensions out there. So, without much introduction, let's get straight into it.
PluginsThe following are 7 most useful plugins for Visual Studio:
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PHP ToolsPHP Tools is a plugin which allows you to extend the support of PHP language in your Visual Studio environment. It has features like smart code completion, quick navigation, syntax error checking, debugging support and more.
Hide Main MenuThis is a plugin for hiding the main menu of the Visual Studio IDE. The main objective of this plugin is the increase more space for programming by eliminating unused spaces. This can be really useful in large projects where the more space you get for coding, the more better it would be. To access the main menu press the Alt button and the main menu will appear and after you are done with it, click anywhere in the IDE except the main menu. It will hide again.
MultiEditingThis is a useful plugin when you want to change the code in different locations simultaneously. There can be many cases for such a situation. For example you want to change the variable names, or loop conditions of different lines simultaneously, this plugin may come to your rescue. You can set virtual carets that all behave the same.
Developer AssistantIt is another great plugin which can help you in many ways for help in coding. One of the cool features of this plugin is Compiler Error Assistant. This can be pretty useful to you when you encounter a compiler error in your code and if you want to search about the error online then you have to copy the error change some of the relevant words and post it on the internet. With this plugin you can right click on the error and click on 'Bing Contextual Search'. It will give you the 10most relevant result. Some of the other features are GitHub integration, 'How Do I' code sample search, Local Code Search and more.
dotMemoryThis is a plugin which is helpful to optimize the memory usage in your application. It can find memory leaks and cope withe other types of memory issues. This is pretty useful if you find that your application is not running as optimized as it should be.
The Bottom LineThese plugins can definitely make your coding life much faster and effiicient. Some of the above plugins are free and some are paid but worth buying it. So, if you are a serious programmer, you should definitely check these out.