Scott Hanselman

ReSharper vs. CodeRush

May 23, '04 Comments [5] Posted in ASP.NET | TechEd | Speaking | CodeRush
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Can someone explain to me the big deal about ReSharper?  Sure, I tried Refactory and I dug it.  I know they disappeared and screwed some folks over, but it was a nice solid offering.  Now everyone is talking about ReSharper, and forgive me, but I'm just not feeling it. 

  • It feels VERY unpolished, and there's just no excuse for lack of polish these days.
  • It looks lousy at ANY "unusual" font size (Lucida Console 14pt Bold)
  • It's context menus are far to deep to be useful.
  • It doesn't support a very wide range of refactorings, and it doesn't appear to glean a lot from the context of the current cursor position.

Frankly, it looks like a Java program (wonder why? ;) ) and just doesn't fit in Visual Studio.NET.

On the other hand, CodeRush is continuing to blow me away. 

  • It's polished
  • It's radically customizable (almost to a fault)
  • It's easily extensible by a code plugin model OR standard Regular Expressions
  • It's graphics are JAW DROPPING.  You literally have to see it to believe it.
  • The Linked Identifiers are crazy useful.

It takes a little while to get use to, and I need to make a cheat sheet to keep track of the shortcuts, but I'm digging it EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Sorry to sound like such a P.I.M.P. for these guys, but seriously, it's pure sex.  The UI stuff is hotter than Whidbey.  If you see me at TechEd, holler at me and I'll give you a demo.

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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