Developer Assistant

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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 あおちゃん | September 07 2015

Sample Browser Visual Studio Extension Ver.6.5.3 を

 'C:\Users\*****\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\ActivityLog.xml' ファイルを調べてください。」


Visual Studio Platform Team September 09 2015
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We have just released the fix. Please try the new update. Thank you!

by WeberSt | September 01 2015

The installation of ths extension delivers an error message of a defect extension with a german visual studio and a reference to ActivityLog.xml

by Jörg H. Primke | September 01 2015


The Intellisense extension don't work correct with "Dark" theme. Could you change this?



by JayChase | August 12 2015

Still getting used to it but I can see the potential. Any guidelines as to how to get a code sample to show up would be handy.

by IzeDev | August 08 2015

I really like it and used it a lot in Visual Studio 2013.
It will sometimes cause VS 2015-intellisense to hang though... Sadly :(

by anujj | April 30 2015

by Manuel Arredondo | April 09 2015

Loved this feature, used it for the past couple of months... however I had to recently uninstall for the following reason:

Everytime I used System.IO.Path.ChangeExtension visual studio 2013 locked up and eventually crashed. This would happen regardless of the solution and project I would try it on, I then uninstalled the Bing assistant and now it works??
Kind of a weird issue, I will try the updated version and see if its any better...

by Tak1wa | March 29 2015

It is very great. In the future, I want you to also support VisualBasic.

by Charles Foxtrot | March 17 2015

Looks cool in the videos. For some reason mine would open opera rather than IE, my default browser. I uninstalled Opera and now it doesn't do anything at all. Frustrating.

by 吕荣誉 | March 09 2015


by Choo King | February 28 2015

I don't know if the problem is in the developer assistant or in the preview version of Visual Studio 2015, but it locks up VS while trying to search for a code sample. Considering that this happens automatically when typing any code, this is horrible.

Visual Studio Platform Team March 03 2015
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It is caused by a known issue in VS2015 Preview. The VS team is trying to fix it before the RTM release.

by LarryDisplayName | February 20 2015

I only rate this poorly because I wasted a bunch of time trying to figure out why the Intellisense wasn't working for my VB project. The part of the documentation that says it only works for C# appears at the end of the documentation - and might as well have been in fine print for people like me who don't always carefully read ALL of the paragraph.

by Zephyl Khiem | January 22 2015

it will great if we would have option extension old and extension new. thanks you

Visual Studio Platform Team March 17 2015
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Hello Zephyl
Thank you for your suggestion! The setting is added in last week's new release. Please check out our release note:

by iJacks | January 20 2015

Does it work? Yes.

Does it always ignore my default browser setting and open results in chrome? Yes :(

I simply cannot believe that the code is doing this deliberately (though it clearly is) - in this day and age writing ANYTHING that is browser specific is the greatest sign of a poor developer/development team. It's a real shame as the extension is great, right until it opens Chrome. Please fix this (no excuse for this really is there?) and I will consider this a 5 star essential extension - as it stands I have removed it until a more professional version is made available.

by Dev Dua | January 20 2015

by LA710 | January 15 2015

by Sergiohst | December 19 2014

What an awsome extension. Fantastic.

by Abel Gaxiola | December 17 2014

I like the extension and will give it five stars if given the ability to turn it off by a combination of keystrokes. Reason: don't need it for everything; it kind of gets in the way when doing simple things;

by mbh07 | December 17 2014

What should I say? I love this extension.

by 点燃寂寞青春 | December 16 2014


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  • Will there EVER be full support for VB?
    1 Posts | Last post September 24, 2015
    • The title says it all.  I can't really complain when 3rd party packages give VB the short shrift, but it seems to be the case with Microsoft as well.  This is version 6.5.4 and VB support is still an after thought at best.  The last post I saw about this said that the team was hard at work trying to bring features to other languages. I wish I could see a little bit of love thrown toward VB.  Is it really to much to ask that for at least one version be shipped that is feature complete with respect to VB?             
  • After upgrading to latest version VS2013 caughs an exception when starting
    6 Posts | Last post September 09, 2015
    • After upgrading to latest version VS2013 caughs an exception when starting.
      Tells me to check AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\ActivityLog.xml
      I did not find anything obvious.
      I believe it was from 6.5.0 to 6.5.2.
    • Same error VS2013.
    • I get the same error: System.InvalidOperationException: Duplicate EditorOptionDefinition named ControlClickOpensPeek
      It appears for me when I also have the Productivity Power Tools extension installed. The error appears to show that both the Power Tools and Developer Assistant are both trying to use 'CTRL+Click' event. If I disable 'CTRL+Click Go To Definition' in Productivity Power Tools or disable the Developer Assistant extension the error goes away.
    • I can confirm, disable 'CTRL+Click Go To Definition' in Productivity Power Tools solves the issue (for now).
    • 6.5.3 did not fix the issue. Maarten, thanks for the 'CTRL+Click Go To Definition' temporary fix.
    • We have just released the fix.  Please try the update 6.5.4.  Thank you all for the feedback!
  • I hope that this search works locally?
    1 Posts | Last post August 19, 2015
    • I hope that this search works locally?
      And this content store at my local machine?
  • possible to change bing with google?
    1 Posts | Last post May 25, 2015
    • is it possible to change bing with google?
  • Restarts Visual Studio
    1 Posts | Last post April 28, 2015
    • Hi, after installing DA I have some problems with IntelliSense not working at all (probably regarding to previous Resharper Instalation). Problem is I can't disable DA IntelliSense. When I try to switch IntelliSense to "Default VisualStudio IntelliSense" via VS Options/DA/IntelliSense  it freezes whole VisualStudio and restarts it after a while.
      I managed to debug the VS error and it's message is:
      Could not find a part of the path 'C:\Users\[USER]\AppData\Local\DeveloperAssistant\2013\Installed\switchIntell.txt'
  • Does not work on Ultimate?
    3 Posts | Last post March 26, 2015
    • I just download and install. But i do not see "How do I" Intellisense feature in my VS2013. Do i need to change something on VS2013?
    • Hi 
      The 'How do I' feature was moved to the 'Search Code Sample' in the toolbar.  We added the new intellisense experience that shows code samples for APIs (as you posted in  However, thanks to users' feedback, we will move the 'How do I' feature back to the Intellisense in a future release.
    • Hello Yokonn
      The 'How do I' search is added back to the Intellisense in our latest release in March!  Please check it out. 
  • Opens search in wrong browser
    2 Posts | Last post March 17, 2015
    • Hi, I have found that the Bing Contextual Search ALWAYS opens the results in Google Chrome, even though my default browser is IE 11 and .HTML files are associated with IE.
      Any chance this can be fixed so that it responds to system defaults (IE, whatever Windows is configured to use)?
    • I have the same problem.  In my case it always opens Opera.  I'm guessing it's opening the last browser installed on the system, maybe.
  • enable/disable IntelliSense experience
    2 Posts | Last post March 17, 2015
    • add option to enable/disable IntelliSense experience
    • Hello Ashish
      The setting was just added to the new version of Developer Assistant. Please check out our release note:
  • Useless
    6 Posts | Last post January 26, 2015
    • Still not working if ReSharper is installed :( None of the suggested workarounds works either.
      Fix this ASAP please.
    • Hi Georgi
      Both Resharper and Bing Developer Assistant are customizing the Intellisense UI to provide more functions.  You have to choose one to enable.  To disable Resharper's Intellisense window and use Bing Developer Assistant's, please follow these steps:
      1. Go to Tools / Options menu item.
      2. Expand the ReSharper in the Options list, and click 'Options...'
      3. Expand the IntelliSense node in the Options window. Under 'General', choose 'Visual Studio'.  By default, it is 'Resharper'. 
      4. Save the changes. 
      Now, if you type some code again in the code editor, you will see the new intellisense API search experience provided by Bing Developer Assistant. 
    • This doesn't work for me in VS2013. When I follow the instructions above I get no IntelliSense at all.
    • The same is happening for me.  I know get the Bing intellisense feature, but only when hitting CTRL+SPACE.  When I simply type object dot I get nothing.
    • I'm surprised this doesn't work if ReSharper is installed. ReSharper is one of those "must haves" for any serious .NET development.
      Turning off ReSharper features is not appropriate.
    • I had the same problem as you guys have after disabling ReSharper intellisense. But I was able to fix it by going to tools -> options -> text editor -> all languages -> General and changed the auto list members and parameter information to be checked. Now intellisense work as normal again. 
      I still hope that this plugin could work alongside ReSharper without such hacks in the future.
  • bing developer assistant how to change font size
    6 Posts | Last post January 15, 2015
    • bing developer assistant default font size is so smaller!!!!!!!
      how to change font size??????????
    • Hello Lanymy
      In the current release, we do not have the feature to change the font size. However, I think that what you suggested is a great idea.  Do you think that it makes sense to use the VS font size setting (in Tools / Options / Environment / Fonts and Colors) to display the info in BDA? 
    • [VS font size setting (in Tools / Options / Environment / Fonts and Colors)]  it doesn't work for [bing developer assistant default font size]
    • Please check it
    • Hi Lanymy
      Yes, today the setting does not change the font size of Bing Developer Assistant.   I meant to ask if we improve BDA to use the font setting in Tools / Options / Environment / Fonts and Colors, will it work for you?
    • no working
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