Free Visual Studio Tool: Brace Completer
When I work in Visual Basic and add an If statement, Visual Studio writes the End If statement; If I add a Class declaration, Visual Studio adds the End Class statement. Why, then, when I work in C# and I type an open brace, doesn't Visual Studio write the closing brace?
In fact, C# will stubbornly mark my line as an error until I do add the closing brace (often hiding some real error). When you do finally type the closing brace in C#, Visual Studio formats the code -- that's got to be harder than adding the brace. That's why, whenever I type an opening brace, I immediately type the closing brace to reduce my chances of having a mismatched brace. Having Visual Studio add the brace would fit right in with my standard practice.
The Brace Completer extension does what I want: when I type an opening brace and hit the Enter key, Brace Completer adds the closing brace, lets Visual Studio format my code according to my settings, and then puts my cursor on the line following the opening brace.
It doesn't seem like a big deal, but I like it very much. I know that it's only saving me one keystroke, but that's one keystroke every time I use a brace. I don't know what that is over a day, month or year, but I bet it's a ton of keystrokes. And, sure, there may come a time when I'll wish that Brace Completer hadn't added the closing brace -- but it hasn't happened yet.
You can find Brace Completer in the online section of Visual Studio's Tools/Extensions and Addins.
Posted by Peter Vogel on 03/18/2013 at 9:27 AM