October 09, 2008

Visual Studio Snippet Designer Tool

The Snippet Designer is a Visual Studio 2008 plug-in available through CodePlex which enhances the Visual Studio IDE to allow a richer and more productive code snippet experience. This plug-in provides an editor and search / explorer for code snippets, integrated inside of the IDE.

This is the tool I have been waiting for for ages!

Snippet Designer Features:

A Snippet Editor tool window to create and update snippets on your computer.

  • Uses the native Visual Studio code editor so that you can write the snippets in the same environment you write your code.
  • Lets you easily mark replacements by a convenient right click menu.
  • Displays properties of the snippet inside the Visual Studio properties window.
  • Access it by opening any .snippet file or going to File -> New -> File -> Code Snippet File

A right-click "Export as Snippet" menu option added to C#, VB and XML code editor to send highlighted code directly to the Snippet Editor

A Snippet Explorer tool window to search snippets on your computer.

  • Tool window contains a code preview window which lets to peek inside the snippet to see what it is without opening the file.
  • Maintains an index of snippets on your computer for quick searching.
  • Provides a quick way to find a code snippet to use, edit or delete
  • Located under View -> Other Windows -> Snippet Explorer


Available under MS-PL license. Download from CodePlex: http://www.codeplex.com/SnippetDesigner


Entry categories: OSS Programming
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