ReSharper – a tool to develop good habits

Resharper

Clean and legible code is one of the most important elements of programming art. It is worth learning good practices from the beginning of the coding adventure. The use of tools that increase our productivity is also valuable. Especially if deadlines at work are chasing us because we have to deliver a task to the end of the sprint. One such tool, which provides things briefly mentioned earlier for .NET Developers, is ReSharper. In this article, I want to talk about this tool and encourage you to use it.

Basic information about ReSharper

ReSharper is a tool designed for .NET developers created by JetBrains. It is one of the most popular and valued tools for creating and refactoring code. The first version of the tool, called JetBrains ReSharperT, had its release already in 2004 and was fully available in Visual Studio 2003, which was the latest version of the IDE at the time.

How do I download ReSharper?

In the beginning, it should be mentioned that the tool is payable and costs slightly more than 100€ for individual use. Of course, there is also an option to purchase a license for the organization. You can use the 30-day trial to try the tool as well. If you are a student, you are lucky! JetBrains gives a free license to students, which is a great option that you should use.

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If you are a student, enter the Resharper Community Program and select the tab ‘For students and teachers’. You should see the form below:

As you can see you have several options to apply for a free license. I recommend using the one with a student email. Just enter your student email address there and download ReSharper. After downloading the installer, you can run it and you will see the view below:

After installation ReSharper should be automatically added to Visual Studio. You can find ReSharper’s options and capabilities in the ‘Extensions’ tab.

What’s this Resharper for?

Well, then what possibilities does ReSharper give you? Plenty! First of all, this tool analyzes the code you are writing in terms of syntax, inconsistent naming or catching a potential threat that can cause errors and problems. Additionally, it offers you other possibilities of giving various suggestions, for example, using LINQ instead of iterating with foreach statement.

The tool also offers great possibilities for refactoring our code. This is particularly useful in the case of huge projects that consist of several solutions. With one click you can change the name of a certain property that is used in 30 places of your project or convert a static method to an instance method. In the case of large projects, a great advantage of the tool is also the possibility of very fast switching between the solutions and searching for specific methods or code fragments.

The creators of ReSharper also did not forget about beginners. The tool allows you to use a code generator that will create conditional blocks or specific interfaces and classes. I think it is a nice addition, but I would advise you to be careful with that.

What can you gain from this?

The full list of features that ReSharper contains can be found on the official website, and it is best to download the trial and try it out. Now I want to focus on what you can gain by using it. If you are at the beginning of your way with programming, you can learn good practices and just write clean code, thanks to the suggestions proposed by the tool.

The second advantage associated with using this tool is more effective work with large projects. As a result, more and more companies decide to buy ReSharper. If you do not use it at your place of work or you are just looking for your job, I recommend that you take a look at it. You may be required to know ReSharper in your future company. It could be your new skill!

Summary

ReSharper is a noteworthy tool. Its value is confirmed by the fact that it has been on the market for so many years and its use has become widespread. I wanted to briefly introduce you to it because maybe you are just starting to learn .NET or just wondering if it is worth using it.

2 Comments

  1. DevGuy
    April 16, 2020

    I’ve used Resharper for years until recently when I finally got tired of it destroying my productivity instead of increasing it. I installed the VS extension Roslynator and between that and all the improvements the VS team has added, the only thing I still miss is the refactoring tool. VS has it’s own and it works mostly, but it’s not as nice as the Resharper one. Still, that’s a small price to pay for improved performance in VS. So long Resharper!

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    1. bush_dev
      April 16, 2020

      Hello DevGuy,

      Yes, Roslyn is a good alternative but still lacks a little quality compared to Resharper. The disadvantage I could mention in the article is that ReSharper slows down VS, but if you have good computer parameters, it doesn’t do much trouble.

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