R2P: A General-Purpose ReSharper Plugin
R2P (short for ‘Refactoring to Patterns’) is a plugin that embodies a collection of features of a fairly experimental nature. It does not have a single theme but, rather, tries to do different things in different areas of ReSharper. Let’s take a look at some of the things it does.
One of the key features of R2P is the ability to transform string literals. For example, the string splicing feature brings PHP-style string splicing to C#. Simply use the curly braces to delimit variables and R2P will offer a suitable context action:
Applying the action replaces the string with a
string.Format() call, with the variables moved to the argument list:
R2P supports several transformations from strings to .NET types. For example, you can define time as a string and convert it to DateTime:
After invocation, the declaration is replaced with the following:
R2P supports transformations from string literals into the following types:
R2P also comes with a menu item called Paste Verbatim String that pastes strings from the clipboard with correct escapement. This facilitates transformations from strings into something else: for example, you can copy a block of XML from some app, paste it, then use the Convert to XElement context action to turn it into a fully object-oriented declaration.
In addition to the above, the plugin also supports a few string manipulations, such as:
HTML-encoding/decoding of a string.
String obfuscation using base64 encoding.
The plugin comes with several generators, which all embed themselves into the Generate menu:
Binary read/write members — for a given class, generates
WriteTo()methods that use
BinaryWriterrespectively and serialize chosen fields. Special care is taken when serializing known .NET types: for example, for a
DateTime, only its
Ticksproperty is serialized:
Copy constructor — for a given class creates a constructor that takes this class as a parameter and performs a copy of its properties/fields to the owner class.
Disposing members — in addition to being able to correctly identify all disposable fields and generate the appropriate
Dispose()declaration, R2P’s implementation also offers to implement the full Dispose pattern.
Read-only interface — for a given class
Foo, generates an interface
IFoowhere all properties are exposed as
get-only, effectively creating a read-only interface contract for this class.
R2P comes with several computation-related inspections, such as:
Inspections that detect inefficient Math.Pow() calls and refactor them to unline multiplication:
An inspection and corresponding context action that allows factoring out of common subexpressions:
Inspections and fixes relating to possible use of MAD (multiply-add) instruction when using GPU.NET:
In addition, R2P can help correct misspelt identifiers based on information about the available types:
Odds and Ends
R2P comes with a lot more functionality than we can list here. Some of its features include:
Refactorings such as Make Singleton (implements the Singleton pattern) and Enum to Class (turns an enumeration into a class with enum cases transformed to member variables).
Unit testing helpers such as being able to Assert on all public properties of an object instance, an ability to add a value as a Row in data-driven testing, and a Visual row editor.
General-purpose context actions such as code contract generators (generate code contract specifications for parameters), an action to make a method fluent (i.e.,
return this), and even a context action to treat the
^operator as a power function.
A String format helper window that lets the user build a format string and preview the end result.
… and a lot more
R2P is distributed under a commercial license. For more information, head over to its product site and stay tuned for more plugin reviews!
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