Andrew Connell

DXCore & a combo solution explorer - class viewer tool window

Last week I posted a little testimonial about DevExpress’ DXCore addin for Visual Studio. In the post I mentioned that I was working with Mark Miller on a little tool window plugin built using the DXCore.

Today Jon Skeet posted an article that shows exactly what I was working on (although this is in Eclipse and not in Visual Studio). His article compares Eclipse & Visual Studio (BTW: a great read). Towards the end, you’ll notice a section titled Combined file and class browser with this screenshot:

This is exactly what I am trying to accomplish… have a combo Solution & Class view toolbar. However I’ve got some additional ideas for mine. The biggest challenge (outside to having time to work on it) is the refresh rate. It would have to be almost completely redrawn every time you add a field/property/method/class/region… etc. Maybe I’ll have it refresh every X sections, maybe on demand, maybe when switching between classes?

Andrew Connell
Founder & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.