Monday, September 22, 2008

Snippet Designer Released – Making VB, C#, XML Snippets the easy way… (VS2008)

This Blog Can Also Be A Hat - The Snippet Designer is Released!!!!


The Snippet Designer was started as an intern project of mine during the Summer of 2006.  The idea was to make snippet files (which were introduced to Visual Studio in 2005) a first class entity.  Following this idea I created a Visual Studio plug-in which included an editor for snippet files and a search tool window to find snippets.  The plan then was to release it on Codeplex but when my internship ended the project was forgotten about.


Now after two year of sitting there I found the code, cleaned it up a bit and am releasing it on Codeplex as an open source project at  My goal in releasing it on Codeplex is two fold.  First I would like people to try it out, give me feedback and see if we can make it better (it still has plenty of rough edges).  Second I would love to turn this into a community developed project where we all can collaborate on it.


The Snippet Designer has two main features:

A Snippet Editor hosted in the IDE which lets you edit the code, make replacements and change snippet properties:


A Snippet Explorer which lets you search for Snippet files on your computer an quickly open and edit them.


Nice! Will have to give this a try… Very cool that we have the source. :)


Related Past Post XRef:
Visual Basic Snippet Editor 2005 version 1.1 Released
Visual Basic (and C#, J#, XML) Code Snippet Editor

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