Friday, July 17, 2009

Visual Studio Vs Eclipse

In Eclipse, the usages of variables and methods are highlighted just by placing the cursor on the variable or method.

In Visual Studio, it cannot be done, and that's why all the reviewers force me to use variables like secondaryPartitionIndex instead of i or j in loops, eventhough the loop does not contain more than one or two lines of code.

I am forced to change my coding style, just because of this stupid IDE which costs more than Rs.1,25,000 that got released in 2008 does not support features provided by an open source software that was released in 2004 for free.

If I am working with multiple files in Eclipse, it always keeps the last n files that I have accessed.

In visual studio, it always keeps the recent n files that I opened.

Let's assume, n=2. I am working with file A. Then I opened file B. Again, came back to File A. Now, I opened file C. At this time, file A would be removed, and only files C and B are visible. To access A, I have to again open it from Solution Explorer.

In a typical development cycle, developer would be working primarily on one or two files, and then refer many other files. With this, users would be forced to open those files again and again, eventhough, they are spending significant amount of time on those files.

If any master of Visual Studio reads this, then I am sure, they will give answer like below.

Press Ctrl + Q, Ctrl + \, and then you will get a dialog box. In that Select ABC -> XYZ -> DEF -> QWE. There uncheck the checkbox PTR. After that, this feature will work similar to eclipse.

Formatting of a selected text in Visual Studio is Ctrl+K, Ctrl+F, and one cannot find it from Visual Studio. You have to Google it to find the shortcut. People from Microsoft ask to Bing it. If you don't find proper results, then they ask you to change the country to United States and try it (even if you are in India).

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