Catch up on the latest .NET Productivity features
The Roslyn team continuously works to provide tooling that deeply understands the code you are writing in-order to help you be more productive. In this post, I’ll cover some of the latest .NET Productivity features available in Visual Studio 2019.
The feature that I’m most excited about is the new Go To Base command. Go To Base allows you to easily navigate up the inheritance chain. The command is available on the context (right-click) menu of the element that you want to navigate the inheritance hierarchy. Or you can press Alt+Home.
Find All References now categorizes the results by type and member. You can group by type and member in the Find All References window.
Code fixes and refactorings
Code fixes and refactorings are the code suggestions the compiler provides through the light bulb and screwdriver icons. To trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu, press (Ctrl+.) or (Alt+Enter). Below are the code fixes and refactorings that are new in Visual Studio 2019:
The extract local function refactoring allows you to turn a fragment of code from an existing method into a local function. Highlight the code that you want extracted. Press Ctrl+. to trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu and select Extract local function.
The make members static code fix helps improve readability by making a non-static member static. Place your cursor on the member name. Press Ctrl+. to trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu and select Make static.
The simplify string interpolation refactoring simplifies string interpolations to be more legible and concise. Place your cursor on the string interpolation. Press Ctrl+. to trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu and select Simplify interpolation.
The convert if statements to switch statements or switch expressions refactoring enables an easy transition between if statements and switch statements or expressions. Press Ctrl+. to trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu and select Convert to ‘switch’ statement or Convert to ‘switch’ expression.
The make local function static refactoring allows you to make a local function static and pass in variables defined outside the function to the function’s declaration and calls. Place your cursor on the function name. Press Ctrl+. to trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu and select Make local function ‘static’.
The pass variable explicitly in a local static function refactoring gives you flexibility to define variables outside a context, but still be able to pass them in as arguments to the static local function. Place your cursor on the variable within the static local function. Press Ctrl+. to trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu and select Pass variable explicitly in local static function.
The add null checks for all parameters refactoring saves you time by automatically adding if statements that check the nullity of all the nullable, non-checked parameters. Place your cursor on any parameter within the method. Press Ctrl+. to trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu and select Add null checks for all parameters.
The introduce a local variable refactoring allows you to immediately generate a local variable to replace an existing expression. Highlight the expression that you want to assign to a new local variable. Press Ctrl+. to trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu and select Introduce local for.
This was just a sneak peak of what’s new in Visual Studio 2019. For a complete list of what’s new, see the release notes. And feel free to provide feedback on the Developer Community website, or using the Report a Problem tool in Visual Studio.