Top 12 tricks to insert common code snippets : Productivity Tips

This post is in line with my previous post where I talked about how one can be more productive with Visual Studio. In last post, We discussed top 12 shortcuts that helps a lot while writing and reviewing code in day to day work. While writing code we need to follow to follow certain rules and constructs that also becomes very repetitive say, you are writing classes for your domain or adding properties or defining constructors or putting try block and lot more where we just need to write the code in similar pattern and are no brainer. Spending time in these types of code are kind of waste of time and energy. To see my previous post, use the link below

Top 12 Visual Studio short cuts – Productivity Tips

In this post, I am going discuss 12 tricks that can insert code snippets just by few keystrokes.

1- Writing a class is a one of the most common repetitive code we write. Use

  class press TAB





Once the snippet inserted, it puts the cursor at MyClass which allows to change the name of class instantly without any extra keystroke.

2- Writing constructor is also another task which is very common and many times we many constructor for the same class. To write constructor use

ctor press TAB





3- Now Class is created. Let’s add property now. Use

prop press TAB




Similar as 1st trick, it puts the cursor to change the type and after that change the property name itself. I found really cool when I used first.

It comes with many other flavor. Use propg  to create a auto implemented property with private set.

4- Second trick allows us to write auto-implemented property which requires less code but there could be many scenarios, when we need to write Full property definition that we used in earlier to C# 3.0 then use

propfull press TAB






Changing type and name can be done similar to above.

5- Need to write an indexer, use

indexer press TAB





6- Many times while code review we see that some part of code is not under try catch block or we need to write the block. Use

try press TAB






There is another flavor, if we just want try and finally then use tryf.

7- Want to create enum use

enum press TAB





Similarly use struct to insert struct block.

8- Want to create switch block, use

switch press TAB





Similarly use for, foreach, do, while etc to insert respective code blocks.

9- Many times we need to write our own custom exception class that should inherit from Exception class. It can written easily by

Exception press TAB

It creates a serializable class as

8- Exception







10- Want to override Equals method for your class. Use

equals press TAB

It will insert as












11- To write static void main, use

svm press TAB





Similarly you can use sim for static int main.

12 – last, many times we write console.writeline in our application. Just use

cw press TAB



In this post, how can we save lots of keystrokes and time while writing some very common repetive code. This is not complete list but very common ones that can be used a lot in our day to day coding. if you know any other snippet which is very useful, do share in comments.


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