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If I were to pick one tool to add to Visual Studio for my day-to-day coding, it would be ReSharper by JetBrains. I have been using the tool since version 2.0 and it is currently in version 3.0. It provides a ton of tips/corrections/advice as you type code. It provides better tooltips, better Intellisense, and extremely better refactoring than what you get out of the box with the default Visual Studio.
For those of us out there that grab hold of the latest betas as soon as possible, you might be wondering about how to install ReSharper onto Visual Studio 2008. I, myself, am running Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 on the same box (with no issues I might add). Installing ReSharper 3.0 on the box will default to install it to work with Visual Studio 2005. Though, if you are also going to want to install it on Visual Studio 2008, then you are going to have to take some extra steps.
The first step is to go to your command prompt and use the following command:
msiexec /i ReSharperSetup.3.0.1.msi VSVERSION=9.0
From there, it is a little confusing, but you will be asked to Remove/Reinstall/Change the current install. This is due to the fact that I already have ReSharper installed on the VS2005 version of the IDE. You can easily get around this by selecting Reinstall and it will then install the tool for VS2008 as is specified by the parameter in the command line VSVERSION=9.0 …. which is 2008.
So far, no problems.
UPDATE:
JetBrains just released the latest version of ReSharper 3.0.2 Build 517 and they now include a specific install for VS 2008.
So, if you are running both VS2005 and VS2008 on your box - you would need to download both versions of ReSharper and you will be good to go.
Posted on Monday, August 13, 2007 1:40 PM Microsoft , Gadgets , Reviews , HOW-TOs | Back to top


Comments on this post: ReSharper on Visual Studio 2008

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Or you could just switch to VB.NET and get all those features built in :)
Left by Martin Hinshelwood on Aug 13, 2007 7:00 PM

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Hey now! :)

BTW - version 3.0 of ReSharper now includes Visual Basic support - so I would recommend it for you as well!
Left by Bill Evjen on Aug 14, 2007 5:25 AM

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You should try it before saying VB.NET has those features. Once you have it you will never code without it.
Left by Vit Raja on Aug 29, 2007 3:38 PM

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Note that Resharper does NOT support new C# 3.0 concepts (LINQ, implictly typed variables, etc):

http://resharper.blogspot.com/2007/11/resharper-and-visual-studio-2008.html

Andrew
Left by Andrew Ryan on Nov 23, 2007 3:07 PM

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Switch to VB.net.....that's a good one. I'd rather kiss a baboons bottom.
Left by j Arba on Dec 01, 2007 6:48 PM

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"Or you could just switch to VB.NET and get all those features built in :)"

Oh boy, and something on a public geek blog. I think you did not understand anything in the diskussion.
Left by Raiser on Jan 07, 2008 4:32 AM

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thx for posting this
Left by dukphan on Mar 12, 2008 5:05 AM

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It might just be me or my specific project but R# slows my machine to a crawl. The only way I can be productive is to disable it!
Left by toad on Mar 27, 2008 8:11 AM

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Version 4 beta now supports all the new C# stuff (linq etc)
Left by vaccano on May 30, 2008 1:37 PM

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