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Does visual studio don't have intelligence for visual c++. Can i add externally ?
Posted 14-Aug-12 3:17am
Wes Aday at 14-Aug-12 9:19am
Visual Studio does not have any intelligence. The intelligence is supposed to be on the other side of the keyboard.
nv3 at 14-Aug-12 9:49am
I'd give a 6 for this if I could.
Wes Aday at 14-Aug-12 9:52am
Thanks :-) Seems kind of obvious to me....
aspnet_regiis at 14-Aug-12 10:37am
My +100 for this comment... :)
Wes Aday at 14-Aug-12 10:43am
Thanks. :-)
Albert Holguin at 14-Aug-12 20:14pm
Wes Aday at 14-Aug-12 21:56pm
Thanks. The stars aligned just right.
pasztorpisti at 14-Aug-12 9:23am
I can recommend you addons/plugins, one of them is free:
The other one is commercial and I don't know if its allowed to advertise it on CP so I don't post it here but I couldn't live without it when coding C++.
Stefan_Lang at 15-Aug-12 10:10am
It's not advertising when you offer an *opinion* ;-)
pasztorpisti at 15-Aug-12 10:14am
Thank you! Didn't know if its legal here and I'm lazy to read the terms of blahblah. :-) Then my favorite addon is wholetomato stuff also posted in the accepted answer: Visual Assist X. This rocks, and another stuff is the enhanced scrollbar that is in the productivity powertools for VS2010 (For VS2005 and VS2008 I used rockscroll to have a nice scrollbar).
Albert Holguin at 15-Aug-12 11:03am
Agree w/ Stefan, it's really only advertising if you stand to make some money out of it. A recommendation based on experience is always welcome.
Albert Holguin at 14-Aug-12 20:15pm
Do you mean intellisense? ...I'm pretty sure it does have intellisense.
Stefan_Lang at 15-Aug-12 9:59am
Sadly, yes. However, depending on the version of VS that you have you may be better off without it. ;-) IMHO MS should either pay closer attention to developer needs or dump IS entirely.

That said, see solution one for a much better alternative. You can get a free evaluation version. If you do any serious amount of programming it's well worth the price.

There's also a tool with similar functionality called Resharper. As the name implies it's targeted at C#, but it may be usable with C++ as well. I never felt the need to check if it does though :D
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Solution 1

pasztorpisti at 14-Aug-12 10:25am
+5 Visual Assist X rulez :-)
Stefan_Lang at 15-Aug-12 9:52am
You beat me to it. Way better than Intellisense!

In fact, I once was stuck on a PC with VS but without VA. I thought Intellisense should be somewhat helpful in the absence of VA, but it turned out to be so bad that I deliberately disabled it!
Albert Holguin at 15-Aug-12 11:04am
It's not that bad... it does have it's quirks but useful for those of us who are forgetful... :)
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Solution 2

If you really must use Intellisense (not my preference - see solution 1), then you can check your options to see whether it's disabled. The exact location may depend on your version of VS, but in VS 2010 it is in the options dialog (menu Tools->Options). There, look under Text Editor->C/C++->Advanced.

Oh, and I'll shoot anyone who dares upvote this "solution" - I definitely don't consider this the best option - I merely answered the question! Wink | ;)

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