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One of my favorite VS extensions is SmartPaster. Often when I'm pasting something into Visual Studio, I'm pasting it into C# source code. It could be a long directory name, a JSON string, or some sort of template that's going into a StringBuilder. Doing this with plain copy/paste can be tedious because you need to escape certain characters, and often times VS or ReSharper can be uncooperative.

Instead, just install SmartPaster. You'll get a new right-click menu option: "Paste As", which lets you paste text as a literal string, a comment, or as a StringBuilder.

Screenshot of SmartPaster in Visual Studio

Here's an example of Paste As -> StringBuilder. Notice that it even does the string escaping for you (see the double quotes around "Paste As").

It's not useful every day, but it's a huge time saver when it is.

I've been working a little bit here and there on a mobile app. One thing this app does a lot is use a RESTful API over HTTP, where the results are JSON.

I'm using RestSharp to handle these requests, and RestSharp can automatically serialize Json results into C# object(s), assuming I have C# objects that match.

Well, some of these JSON results can be a little complex. Not terribly complex, mind you, but enough to where it's annoying to create the classes myself. But I thought to myself, maybe there's a tool out there that already does this for me. I googled around and found json2csharp, which is a handy web app that does exactly that.

Well, thanks to Rob Gibbens, I now know that this feature is actually built-in to Visual Studio 2013, and available for 2012 as part of "ASP.NET and Web Tools".

Paste JSON As Classes in Visual Studio

You can see that there are some differences, but these tools get you most of the way there!

Matthew D. Groves

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Matthew D. Groves lives in Central Ohio. He works remotely, loves to code, and is a Microsoft MVP.

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