Visual Studio 2017 can automatically recommend NuGet packages for unknown types
There's a great feature in Visual Studio 2015.3 and Visual Studio 2017 that is turned off by default. It does use about ~10 megs of memory but it makes me so happy that I turn it on.
It's under C# | Advanced in Tools Options. Or you can just type "Advanced" in the Quick Launch Bar (via Ctrl+Q if you like) to jump there.
I turn on "Suggest usings for types in NuGet packages" and "Suggest usings for types in reference assemblies."
For example, if I am typing some code and start referencing a Type that isn't in my project but could be...you know how sometimes you just need a using statement to bring in a namespace? In this Web App, I already have Json.NET so it recommends a using statement to bring it into scope.
But in this Console App, I have no packages beyond the defaults. When I start using a type like JObject from a popular NuGet, Visual Studio can offer to install Json.NET for me!
Or another example:
And then I can immediately continue typing with intellisense. If I know what I'm doing, I can bring in something like this without ever using the mouse or leaving the line.
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Thanks for the tip. Initially I was disappointed that the same functionality wasn't avaiable in VS2017! I would be nice to have this info in the release notes.
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