Developer Assistant


Developer Assistant puts millions of code snippets and code sample projects at your fingertips while you are coding in Visual Studio.

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by jhalbrecht | October 02 2012

Gets the job done! I installed it. Looked up the appbar XAML C# sample for WinRT. Copied. Pasted. Runs. Never left the IDE.

by michaelguth | September 27 2012

This is definitely a "must-have" for every developers in Visual Studio!! It gives me really easy access to thousands of code samples. The Sample Browser also saves me a lot of time to save my downloaded projects.

by HolgerSinn.Com | September 26 2012

wonderfull ...
it helps me a lot to be more efficient at work

great job - thx

by Persie Zhu | September 20 2012

Cool tools

by Graham P Cottle | September 11 2012

Am I really going to have to update the extension on a daily basis? That seems to be a horrid waste of time.

by Cloves Z | September 04 2012

So cool, It's a very useful tool. I like it.

by Edward Tao | September 04 2012

cool tool

by 长空无忌 | September 04 2012

Very good, I have never used such a perfect tool!

by InfiXu | September 04 2012

by philip fu | September 04 2012

so cool.....

by Ice624 | September 04 2012

Wonderful tool~~ I'm loving it!!!

by David.Zhou | September 04 2012

Perfect , it really great useful for me . Thanks Infi's hard work .

by Alvinlong | September 04 2012

so cool!!!!!!!!!!

by Mei Yang中国版 | September 04 2012

So cool! 可以帮助我们很好的学习!

by RayLXX | September 04 2012

Pretty good.

by Lilian Chen | September 04 2012


by Yalin Cheng | September 04 2012

Bravo! Excellent tool!

by Stur Shi | September 04 2012

Metro is the future!

by Mr.Kevin | September 04 2012

very good~~

by DiorLi | September 04 2012


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  • installation problem
    4 Posts | Last post January 07, 2015
    • Installed BDA for VS2012 Pro, restarted VS and it does not work. The "Bing Contextual Search" appears in my context menu, but is completely unresponsive (as is "Alt+F1"). Nothing happens: no errors, nothing.
      Is there a setting that I am missing? When I select a keyword and hit F1 (the normal, old-school Help) my browser opens and navigates to the corresponding MSDN documentation. I expected something similar with the Bing Contextual Search.
    • Hi Kevin
      There could be a log file in your C:\Plugin folder.  Could you check if it captured any errors?
    • Same issue as Kevin and ajhg (except unlike ajhg I can't find the C:\Plugin folder to report any errors). Using VS2012 Pro as well (someone else at work is using the same version and is also having the same problem) i.e. contextual search doesn't cause anything to happen.
    • Hi OzRobDotNet
      Does it happen when you are using the 'compile error assistant' or the contextual search in the code editor?  If latter, does it happen when you select ANYTHING in the code editor, right click and choose 'Bing Contextual Search'?
  • Intellisense crash
    1 Posts | Last post December 29, 2014
    • After some days using it, VS 2012 crashes after intellisense fires. 
      Manually remove Visual stidio 11 config at registry. But now can´t reinstall Bing Developer Assistant it says it is allready installed on my products. 
      Two questions:
      1. What thisn may cause the crashes? 
      2. how can i do to reinstall BDA?
  • Dark Theme
    3 Posts | Last post December 23, 2014
    • Is it just me or are the code snippets unreadable when using Dark Theme in VS 2012?
    • Hi Markoueis
      We are looking into this problem.  After verifying the issue, we will release the fix early next week. Thank you for your feedback. 
    • Hi Markouis
      We cannot seem to reproduce the problem in the dark theme. Do you see the problem in the intellisense window or in the Sample Browser window?  Could you share a screenshot with us?
  • System.TypeInitializationException: The type initializer for 'Microsoft.BingSearch.RuntimeInfoGatherer'
    1 Posts | Last post December 17, 2014
    • I've just installed it on VS 2012 Professional and it does not work.
      I get the following error in C:\Plugin\VSBing.txt.
      Any help?
      line exc System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
         at Microsoft.BingSearch.BingQueryManager.getSelectedText(Window window, String& currentLine, String& neighbourHood, Int32& lineNum, String& errorFile, String& code)
      System.TypeInitializationException: The type initializer for 'Microsoft.BingSearch.RuntimeInfoGatherer' threw an exception. ---> System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException: Invalid class string (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800401F3 (CO_E_CLASSSTRING))
         at System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.CLSIDFromProgID(String progId, Guid& clsid)
         at System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.GetActiveObject(String progID)
         at Microsoft.BingSearch.RuntimeInfoGatherer..ctor()
         at Microsoft.BingSearch.RuntimeInfoGatherer..cctor()
         --- End of inner exception stack trace ---
         at Microsoft.BingSearch.RuntimeInfoGatherer.get_Instance()
         at Microsoft.BingSearch.BingQueryManager.GetDataPacketGeneric(BingAddinType addInType)
         at Microsoft.BingSearch.BingQueryManager.GetBingSearchString(BingAddinType addInType, InputDataPacket& inputData)
      Exception while getting the query: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
         at Microsoft.BingSearch.BingQueryManager.GetBingSearchString(BingAddinType addInType, InputDataPacket& inputData)
         at Microsoft.OneCode.SearchTool.OneCodeSearchToolPackage.ExecuteSearchEvent()
  • Regarding TFS integration & Other languages support
    2 Posts | Last post December 04, 2014
    • Could you please let me know if there are any plans to integrate this with TFS ?  What I mean is, instaed of searching in Internet, I would like to search in our local TFS codebase.  
      Right now, it supports only C# ( as I understand from TechEd 2014, Bangalore).  Could you please update on the plan to search for different languages like c++, JS, HTML5,... etc
    • Thank you for your suggestion.  Yes, all of these are in our roadmap.  The team is working hard to achieve them as soon as possible. 
  • CTRL + Spacebar = Crash
    3 Posts | Last post August 25, 2014
    • Hi,
      After installing the tool, when I use CTRL + Spacebar VS 2012 crashes.
      Problem signature:
        Problem Event Name:	CLR20r3
        Problem Signature 01:	devenv.exe
        Problem Signature 02:	11.0.61030.0
        Problem Signature 03:	5270a974
        Problem Signature 04:	Microsoft.OneCode.IntellisensePresenter
        Problem Signature 05:
        Problem Signature 06:	53ed9461
        Problem Signature 07:	7e
        Problem Signature 08:	0
        Problem Signature 09:	System.NullReferenceException
        OS Version:	6.3.9600.
        Locale ID:	1033
        Additional Information 1:	5861
        Additional Information 2:	5861822e1919d7c014bbb064c64908b2
        Additional Information 3:	d1d9
        Additional Information 4:	d1d94a13d3609d6b740644c12508f581
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    • Hello
      Thank you for reporting the issue to us!  This is a known issue.  We will hopefully release an app update next Monday to fix this problem.  As soon as the fix is released, I will inform you in this email thread.  
    • Hello
      We have just released the fix of the ctrl+sapce problem.  Could you install the update and let me know how it works for you?  Thank you again for reporting this issue!
  • What about VS2013?
    2 Posts | Last post August 18, 2014
    • "Sample Browser Visual Studio Extension allows developers to search and download 4500+ code samples from within Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2010"
      Does this mean it won't work in VS 2013?
    • he plugin is now available in VS2013! With many new features :)
      We also rebranded the plugin as 'Bing Developer Assistant'.
  • VS 2013 ?
    4 Posts | Last post August 18, 2014
    • Still waiting...
    • It is unclear what you are waiting for.  Love the FoxPro icon!
    • Did you see my subject?
      I am waiting for the VS 2013 version!
    • he plugin is now available in VS2013! With many new features :)
      We also rebranded the plugin as 'Bing Developer Assistant'.
  • Sample web browser extension problem
    2 Posts | Last post August 18, 2014
    • I installed a sample web browser extension for VS 2012. It is working fine when I used it through toolbar. But when I type some code and want to find sample code in code editor i.e visual studio IDE about that then I right click on it and there is no option for " search code sample " in IDE. What should I do? Is there any problem?
    • Hi
      Do you still meet the problem?  We just released a new version of the plugin that adds lots of new cool features, and I believe that the problem you mentioned is also fixed.  Please try it. 
  • Sample Browser Visual Studio Extension on VS 2013 soon ?
    5 Posts | Last post August 18, 2014
    • Any idea of when this wonderful extension will be available on Visual Studio 2013 ?
    • We are working to upgrade the Sample Browser to VS2013 with new features, but if you could send your feedback about Sample Browser to, it will encourage and inspire us to work it out faster :)
    • I don't need any "fucking new features", I just want the existing extension to work in VS2013, that's all.
      Hurry up, MS already released a CTP of VS2015!!!
    • @bobfox: No reason to be abusive.
    • The plugin is now available in VS2013! With many new features :)
      We also rebranded the plugin as 'Bing Developer Assistant'.
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