Over the last two months or so I’ve dabbled in Android development. What I took away from the experience is that I don’t like Android development. 🙂 But I did find that I really enjoyed using some of the features I discovered in Eclipse. One of them that I really like was Ctrl + Left or Right moves on case rather than on full word. SoSomethingLikeThis is easy to select portions of. I found that this was available in Visual Studio and turned it on. Another really nice feature of Eclipse is the Perspectives feature. You can easily select a perspective from a list and boom, your development environment reconfigures all the windows for the task at hand. This is something that would be great in Visual Studio. One of my big problems is that if I move from a multi-monitor computer to a single monitor computer my window configuration is completely messed up. So I decided to fix this:
Perspectives for Visual Studio 2010
Available through the Windows->Perspectives menu, you can now view and manage window perspectives.
I’ve created a new CodePlex site: http://perspectives.codeplex.com
I have to give a big shoutout to Brian Schmitt for writing up a blog post on VS macros regarding this very same topic. Without his code I wouldn’t have even thought this possible: http://www.brianschmitt.com/2010/09/save-and-change-tool-layout-in-visual.html
I’ve released a beta at the new CodePlex site. Have at ‘er. I know there are a few bugs to work out. The “Add” dialog looks a bit hacked together. I’d love to hear feedback!