As we are aware of Visual Studio 2012 RC Release, techies are very interested to
know about the new feature of Visual Studio 2012 RC.
Today, we will discuss about the one of the new feature of Visual Studio 2012 RC
called Code Structure Windows.
What is Code Structure Window?
Code Structure Window is nothing but the window in which we can examine the
properties, methods and members of the Dynamic Link Library, Type Libraries [TLB],
COM Components and .Net Framework components of Visual Studio Projects.
Types of Code Structure Window
There are four types of Windows available as listed below.
VB, C# and C++
VB, C# and C++
VB, C# and C++
Let us discuss about the Code Structure Window one by one.
Class View Window
We can see the Class View Window in the Solution Explorer as a part and also as
a separate Window. The below image shows the Class View as a part of Solution
Explorer. The Class View can be invoked using combination of Ctrl + Shift + C
The first figure shows the Class View as a part of Solution Explorer and the
second figure shows the way to get the Class View Window as a separate Window.
In Class View, there are two panes which is shown in the below figure.
In the above figure, we can see the two panes of Class View. The Upper Pane
holds the namespace, types, interfaces and enumerations and the Lower Pane holds
the members of the selected item.
Toolbox for Class View
There are five buttons available in the Toolbar of the Class View Window.
- New Folder
- View Class Diagram
The New Folder button is used to create Virtual Folders to organize the elements
which is used frequently.
The Backward button navigates you to the Previous selected item.
The Forward button navigates you to the Next selected item
The Settings button will list all the available options to get the list of
methods and members in the selected item.
View Class Diagram
The View Class Diagram button will generates the Class Diagram for the selected
namespace or type.
Call Hierarchy Window
The Call Hierarchy Window shows you the hierarchy of the selected method or
property or constructor. There may be multiple levels of methods call inside a
We can invoke the Call Hierarchy Window in many ways. The first way is from VIEW
Menu, Solution Explorer, Class View and Code Editor Window . The Shortcut Key
Ctrl + Alt + K is used to invoke the same.
The above figure shows the Call Hierarchy Windows for the Method AddUserInfo. In
this windows, we can see the two level of Call Hierarchy. The first level is the
button1_Click event and at the second hierarchy the AddUserInfo method.
Under every level, we have two groups namely Calls To and Calls From. The Calls
From group has the methods or events or properties which will be called inside
the selected method or event or property. The Calls To group has the methods or
events or properties which is called from another method or event or property.
There are two Panes in the Call Hierarchy Window called Main pane which has the
types or names and the Call Sites pane has the location of the selected method
or event or property.
Object Browser Window
The Object Browser Window is used to display the description about the namespace
in selected solution or project. The Object Browser can be invoked from the VIEW
Menu or by using Ctrl + Alt + J combination of keys.
There are two panes in the Object Browser in which the Right Pane [Pane I] will
display the types or namespaces in the selected solution or project. The Left
Pane [Pane II] will display the methods or properties of the selected type or
class in the Right Pane.
Code Definition Window
The Code Definition window nothing but a windows which displays the definition
of a selected type or member in the active project. The type or member can be
selected in the code editor or in a code view window.
The Code Definition Window can be invoked from the VIEW Menu or using the Short
Key Ctrl + \ + D.
The Code Definition Window is READ-ONLY window. We cant edit the definitions
directly but the option EDIT DEFINITION used to edit the definitions.
That's it Guys.
We done with the Code Structure Windows.
Well, We gone through the Code Structure Windows and for the more detailed
content please refer MSDN.
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