Visual Assist X

When I started getting into more of a development role in my previous job, and was using Visual Studio, C# and more and more, I was a frequest visitor on sites devoted to .Net programming like Code Project and 4Guys. One day on CP, I saw a review of an extension for Visual Studio 2003 called Visual Assist X. The review descibed how this product helped improve the native intellisense in VS, and in general added shortcuts and other things to make the program friendlier to use. They offered a 30 day trial, so I downloaded and installed.

Within a couple of days, I was hooked. I got my boss to approve it, and sent $130 to Whole Tomato Software in exchange for a license to use their program.

I did not notice how much I relied on its features to help me speed up my overall development time until I had to switch to a different computer recently (one without Visual Assist X installed). As I started to code in Visual Studio, I was waiting for the extremely helpful (and actually intelligent) intellisense that I was used to to pop up with suggestions as to what variable I was looking for. The program is so well-integrated into VS that I had forgotten that it was separate. Suffice to say, I right away went to the site and downloaded a copy of the most recent build (and extended support with them in the process). Now that it is installed, Visual Studio seems much more familiar again (and I have made my coding at least 30% faster).
Note: I have no affiliation with Whole Tomato, nor do I receive any kickbacks or referral fees. I am just writing to let you know about a product that will almost certainly make Visual Studio friendlier, improve your overall productivity in the IDE (and pay back the investment within a few days).

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