Visual Studio doesn’t seem to get much credit for the power of its extensibility model. When most people think about a IDE with powerful plug-ins they think of Eclipse, which granted, has some incredible plug-ins. However, Visual Studio’s add-in model is no slouch and one prime example of its capabilities is in JetBrains Resharper.
JetBrains Resharper is the best refactoring add-in to VS I have seen. It has so many features that I won’t even try to describe all of them here, just go the their website and read about it.
I will highlight one feature which the first time I used it made me say “wow I wish I had thought of that”. When you click on a closing bracket or parenthesis and the opening one is not visible Resharper will create a popup box showing you the line where the opening bracket or parenthesis is.
This is just one of the many features of Resharper that I can’t code without now. The only downside is that Resharper isn’t free. It costs about $150 for a personal license but you can have a 30 day free trial. If you code often in Visual Studio try this out and see if it is worth it. I highly recommend it.