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Upgrading to Visual Studio 2022
Is Visual Studio 2022 worth the upgrade? If you work with C++ or Azure, it's a straight yes; for everyone else, the answer will depend upon whether you find the enhanced Intellisense helpful or annoying. This blog is to help you decide which side of the fence you fall!

Posted by Andy Brown on 21 January 2022

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Upgrading to Visual Studio 2022

Visual Studio 2022 is now a 64-bit application, which means that it will run more quickly (so say Microsoft).  It also supports the .NET 6 framework, Azure and C++.

I can't say I've noticed any particular speed improvements in upgrading from Visual Studio 2019 to 2022, but then again I didn't experience any adverse effects from the upgrade either.

The big thing that the user (that's you, and me) will notice is that Intellisense is more pervasive.  Here are some examples.  First, Microsoft guessing what values you want to test for in a switch statement:

Switch intellisense

Just press the Tab key to put this line in.

 

Here's Visual Studio guessing what variable I'm trying to create:

Guessing variable

Often you can press Tab once or twice, depending on how much of the suggested line you want to take.

Visual Studio tries hard to help you write get / set clauses for public properties:

Public property

Intellisense trying to help with the WidgetName property.

A couple of keystrokes later and you'll get this:

Public property get statement

More help on the same property!

I hope this has been enough to give you the idea.  As to whether it's helpful or not ...

I'm not 100% convinced either way about this.  Sometimes it can save a bit of typing, but because you have to take a moment to think about the suggested corrections, if you're a touch typist it doesn't necessarily save you any time.  Kudos to Microsoft for trying to help though.

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