Increase Your Coding Speed Using Code Snippets In Visual Studio

In this article, we will understand what code snippets are and how we can use it to increase our coding speed.

Code Snippets are one of the coolest features of Visual Studio, which can help us to increase our coding speed multifold. Good developers generally use shortcuts and tricks to type fewer characters and generate more code in less time.

Code snippets are ready-made snippets of code which we can quickly insert into your source code. They are a great productivity boost & can make writing program code quicker, easier, and more reliable.

In Visual Studio IDE, we can bring up the code snippet menu in 3 different ways –

  •  Press CTRL+K, CTRL+X and select the required snippet.Press TAB, TAB to invoke the code snippet.

    CodeSnippetMenu
  •  Press CTRL K + CTRL B to bring up the Code Snippets Manager, where we can see all the code snippets and manage them.

    CodeSnippetManager 
  • Press CTRL+SPACE to view the completion list and then select the snippet shortcut from the list. Press TAB, TAB to invoke the code snippet.

    Below are justa handful of code snippets which we can use in our day-to-day development work:

    ShortcutsDescription
    ctorCreates a constructor for the class
    propCreates an auto-implemented property declaration.
    propfullCreates a property declaration with get and set accessors.
    tryCreates a try-catch block.
    switchCreates a switch block.
    foreachCreates a foreach loop.

 CodeSnippet 

I suggest you start exploring Code Snippets and enjoy the productivity boost.