Friday, October 25, 2013

Intellisense while editing MSBuild files using Jetbrains Resharper


As you may have read, Jetbrains Resharper offers enhanced Intellisense while editing MSBuild files in Visual Studio!

However, I noticed a peculiar problem after I opened my MSBuild file in Visual Studio (which had a .proj file extension)—there was absolutely no Intellisense!

Well, fortunately, I found this article which detailed the crux of the problem:

Essentially, Visual Studio had no idea how to handle .proj file extensions by default (even though MSBuild recommends the .proj file extension as a standard, go figure….).  Therefore, you have to manually configure Visual Studio Text Editor options to handle the .proj file extension using the XML Text Editor with Encoding.

Once that was done, I was able to utilize all of the Intellisense capabilities offered by Jetbrains Resharper within the Visual Studio IDE!

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