Tips and Tricks
Customize Colors for Code Syntax Highlighting
The default color scheme is too subtle which makes it too hard to see matching braces and Razor syntax. Figure 1 shows an example -- why is the unit price of our product not being multiplied by 20 percent?
Improve your coding experience with the following steps:
- On the Tools menu, choose Options.
- In the Environment section, click Fonts and Colors.
- In the Display items list, choose Brace Matching (Rectangle) and change the Item background to something bold such as Lime. (See Figure 2.)
- In the Display items list, choose HTML Razor Code Background and change the Item background to something bold such as Yellow. (See Figure 3.)
- Click OK
Now it's easy to see matching braces and Razor code, as shown in Figure 4.
With the customized coloring of the syntactical elements, it's much quicker to spot why the formula isn't working. Now all you have to do is spot it and then fix it.
Mark Price, MCT, MCSD, is a full-time trainer for UK-based Firebrand Training. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the IT and developer industry, including a two-year stint working at Microsoft. His expertise covers a number of Microsoft technologies (Azure, ASP.NET Web Forms and MVC, Web API, WCF, jQuery, C#, LINQ, Entity Framework, WPF, and Windows Store apps), HTML5, XAML, and Google developer technologies and the Google App Engine.