Visual Studio IntelliSense

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    Visual Studio IntelliSense

    Noob here. Does anyone know of a way (plug-in perhaps) to get IntelliSense to work in Visual Studio 200+ when writing C code? Xcode has auto completion for C. Why not VS? Where is the love Billy boy? I would just switch to another compiler but my instructor grades our homework in VS and the last thing I need to worry about at this point is compiler configuration bugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSF1981 View Post
    Noob here. Does anyone know of a way (plug-in perhaps) to get IntelliSense to work in Visual Studio 200+ when writing C code? Xcode has auto completion for C. Why not VS? Where is the love Billy boy? I would just switch to another compiler but my instructor grades our homework in VS and the last thing I need to worry about at this point is compiler configuration bugs.
    To get IntelliSense, you need to create a project. If you're just editing a raw source file, you don't get it.

    Make a dummy project, throw your source/headers into it, and you'll get IntelliSense.
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewbuck View Post
    To get IntelliSense, you need to create a project. If you're just editing a raw source file, you don't get it.

    Make a dummy project, throw your source/headers into it, and you'll get IntelliSense.
    Wow, autocompletion in Xcode is way better than IntelliSense then. Autocompletion kicks on in Xcode when prototypes and variables are declared. Unlike in VS. So far I have only seen IntelliSense work when I'm accessing a structure member with the dot notation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSF1981 View Post
    Wow, autocompletion in Xcode is way better than IntelliSense then. Autocompletion kicks on in Xcode when prototypes and variables are declared. Unlike in VS. So far I have only seen IntelliSense work when I'm accessing a structure member with the dot notation.
    The reason IntelliSense is not automatically activated for editing single source files is that it produces an index file, and these index files would litter all over the place.

    How hard is it to just create an empty project and add your source files to it?
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSF1981 View Post
    Wow, autocompletion in Xcode is way better than IntelliSense then. Autocompletion kicks on in Xcode when prototypes and variables are declared. Unlike in VS. So far I have only seen IntelliSense work when I'm accessing a structure member with the dot notation.
    IntelliSense works just fine on anything else - just press CTRL-Space whenever you have typed a small part of a symbol, and it will give you a list to chose from (unless it's complete enough to be unique).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSF1981 View Post
    Wow, autocompletion in Xcode is way better than IntelliSense then. Autocompletion kicks on in Xcode when prototypes and variables are declared. Unlike in VS. So far I have only seen IntelliSense work when I'm accessing a structure member with the dot notation.
    That's not right.
    IntelliSense kicks in whenever calling a function, accessing a struct, etc.
    Although it is not THE best for C/C++ (it's far better for C# & Co, screw you Microsoft!), but fortunately there are tools that makes it better. Unfortunately, these tools are not free and expensive.
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    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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