How many times have you installed freshly downloaded software and wondered where and how to really start using it? Yeah, we’ve experienced that a lot, too. Having that frustration in mind, we created the JustCode Getting Started Wizard. It’s the new non-obtrusive, quick introduction and setup tool, that shows you the main JustCode features together with two short configuration steps to help you start using JustCode right away.
The wizard will appear only once upon fresh installation of JustCode. You won’t see it anymore once you’ve gone through the setup process. You can also close it manually anytime and invoke it later from the JustCode menu inside Visual Studio.
The wizard presents you with a simple 3-step process. It points you to the features of JustCode inside Visual Studio, lets you import your customized formatting settings from Visual Studio and logs you into the JustCode Cloud Sync so that you can store your settings in the cloud and use them anywhere you have JustCode installed.
The first page of the Wizard highlights some of the most useful features of JustCode inside the Visual Studio code editor. There’s a short description and video for each of the features that appears when you click on the magnifying glass.
From there you can navigate to the next page by clicking on the “next” button or on the number of the page where you want to go.
This page lets you import your preset Visual Studio formatting settings into JustCode’s own formatter. This way you can continue styling your code the way you’re used to without the need to further customize the JustCode formatter options.
Clicking on “next” or the number 3 button will take you to the last step of Getting Started Wizard. You can always go back to the first page for a refresher on some of the features.
This part allows you to synchronize your JustCode settings on all machines that you use. You’ll avoid the hassle of individual set-up on every machine you plan to work on. It might be a good idea to enable automatic synchronization of the settings here, so that your settings are uploaded to the cloud on the spot. You can also leave that box unchecked and either enable it later from the options dialog, or sync manually whenever you feel like it.
What’s left here is to close the Wizard (x-button or Esc key) and start taking advantage of the features you just learned.
Chris Eargle is a Microsoft C# MVP with over a decade of experience designing and developing enterprise applications, and he runs the local .NET User Group: the Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild. He is a frequent guest of conferences and community events promoting best practices and new technologies. Chris is a native Carolinian; his family settled the Dutch Form region of South Carolina in 1752. He currently resides in Columbia with his wife, Binyue, his dog, Laika, and his three cats: Meeko, Tigger, and Sookie. Amazingly, they all get along... except for Meeko, who is by no means meek.
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