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Is Artificial Intelligence Assisted Coding the Next Developer Productivity Silver Bullet?

The famous Fred Brooks paper “No Silver Bullet – Essence and Accident in Software Engineering“ published in 1987 stated that: “there is no single development, in either technology or management technique,...
Patrick Smacchia January 26, 2021

Visual Studio IntelliCode : AI Assisted Coding

We are all amazed by recent progresses made possible thanks to Artificial Intelligence (AI). In 2017 Microsoft announced Visual Studio IntelliCode which used Machine Learning (ML) to predict code completions,...
Patrick Smacchia January 19, 2021

How we quickly refactored with Resharper more than 23.000 calls to Debug.Assert() into more meaningful assertions

Since the NDepend inception more than 15 years ago, we stuffed our code with calls to Debug.Assert(). This results today in more than 23.000 assertions calls. Few developers realize that...
Patrick Smacchia January 11, 2021

New C#9 keywords ‘and’ ‘or’ ‘not’

HoweverThe C#9 language introduces new controversial keywords: and keyword: Conjunctive patterns. Require both patterns to match or keyword: Disjunctive patterns. Require either pattern to match not keyword: Negative patterns. Require...
Patrick Smacchia October 5, 2020

14 Visual Studio Web Development Productivity Tips

Visual Studio proposes quite a few handy tools to boost your productivity as a web developer. Here are some tips focused around web code edition and web application starting and...
Patrick Smacchia July 28, 2020

10 Visual Studio Files and Layout Productivity Tips

Nowadays most developers are working remotely. Hence the monitor(s) configuration might have changed, and might change frequently. In this context, it does matter to optimize the Visual Studio layout and...
Patrick Smacchia July 21, 2020

10 Visual Studio Navigation Productivity Tips

A large code base is a complex asset. Visual Studio is a complex environment. In this context developers spend a significant part of their time searching and navigating across code...
Patrick Smacchia July 14, 2020

Top 10 Visual Studio Refactoring Tips

With the version 2019 Visual Studio is now mature when it comes to refactoring. This post proposes a tour of the top 10 most used refactoring actions in my opinion....
Patrick Smacchia July 7, 2020

10 Visual Studio Ninja Code Editor Productivity Tips

Among the multiple daily development tasks (planning, testing, refactoring, bug fix…) code edition is arguably the most satisfying one. Code edition can be even more satisfying and productive by mastering...
Patrick Smacchia June 24, 2020

10 Visual Studio Solution Explorer Productivity Tips

The Visual Studio Solution Explorer panel is like home for Visual Studio users. It presents all projects, source files and items thanks to a treeview layout. This panel is quite...
Patrick Smacchia June 17, 2020

Advices to Become a Remote Programmer

With the actual COVID-19 worldwide outbreak many programmers are already forced to work remote, and we can expect that most of us will soon be home. In the IT and...
Patrick Smacchia March 10, 2020
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