Exploring Your Arduino Code Using Intellisense

by Visual Micro 12. May 2014 10:53

Exploring Your Code

Both Visual Studio and Atmel Studio have powerful built in tools  that help you when navigating through your code. It is absolutely worth learning to use these functions.

You can...

  • find the places where you declared functions and variables
  • find the places where they were used
  • what functions call other functions
  • and much more

In this aspect, Visual Studio and Atmel Studio differ substantially, because they use different software tools for that purpose.

Atmel Studio

Atmel Studio uses an add-in product, Visual Assist from Whole Tomato Software. This add-is part of the Atmel Studio installation.

Atmel Studio Class Member Dropdown

An automatic class member dropdown in Atmel Studio

You can find Visual Assist's documentation here.

Microsoft Visual Studio

Microsoft Visual Studio has similar functions already built in.

Visual Studio Intellisense Dropdown

An automatic ("Intellisense") class member dropdown in Microsoft Visual Studio

You can find the documentation for Visual Studio here.

Go To Definition

Another useful feature is to right click code and select "GoTo Definition". Doing so will jump directly to the definition of the selected code (where applicable)

Use the tool bar or short cuts to return to the previous code point or use the bookmark system to easily jump between favourite places within your source code


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