Code snippets are easy to author. I became tired of typing in the same keystrokes to start a unit test, and wrote a snippet myself. Now I type tm+TAB+TAB, and voilà, the following code appears. A savings of 20 keystrokes:
The word Test is highlighted in green as a replacement – I can type over the word with a new method name. All of this is setup by dropping the a .snippet file into My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\Code Snippets\Visual C#\My Code Snippets. Here are the contents:
It looks like a lot of work, but if you copy an existing snippet it’s almost too easy.
Snippets are better in VB.NET. A code snippet in VB.NET can add Imports for required namespaces to the source file, and reference any required assemblies when it expands. C# cannot. Perhaps this explains why there are over 350 VB.NET code snippets installed by Visual Studio, and only 50 for C#. It would be great to write a TestFixture snippet for C# that automatically added a using NUnit.Framework, and added a project reference to the NUnit assembly. Perhaps in the next version…