Entrian Source Search 1.7.16: A powerful code search add-in for Visual Studio
Entrian Source Search is a search engine for your source code. It builds a full-text index of your files, and searches it instantly, giving syntax-colored results. It indexes everything, not just code, and includes powerful Fuzzy and Loose searching.
In this article, we will review some of the features and benefits of Entrian Source Search 1.7.16, the latest version of this useful tool.
Blazingly fast performance
Entrian Source Search builds a full-text index of your files, and can search it incredibly quickly. Most searches are practically instantaneous, and even searches with millions of hits only take a second or two. If you've ever waited for Find In Files or Find All References, you're in for a pleasant surprise[^1^] [^2^].
Syntax highlighted search results
Entrian Source Search uses the same color scheme as the source code in your editor, making it easier for you to scan the results. And glancing between the search results and the editor is less of a context switch for your brain[^1^].
Autocomplete for every word in your code
Entrian Source Search saves you typing by offering autocomplete suggestions for every word in your code. Not only that, but it can often answer your question before you've even asked it: âWhat are the names of all the DROPEFFECTs we use?â[^1^]. And just like all Entrian Source Search features, it's both fast and unobtrusive.
Entrian Source Search offers a variety of search features to help you find what you need:
Search for words, code snippets or wildcards.
Search for words near to each other using a Loose phrase search , so "parse query" will match Query q = p.parse (...)
Fuzzy search matches variations ( Archive matches CArchive and Archival ), international spellings ( Color matches Colour ), and spelling mistakes ( Definitely matches Definately ).
Filter on the age of files, for instance to pick up only files modified within the past two hours: age:2h.
Limit your search to files with certain extensions ext:cpp or certain names file:ChangeLog or in certain directories dir:lib\renderer.
Entrian Source Search makes Visual Studio faster and more productive to use[^1^] [^3^]. You can download it from here and try it for yourself.How to use Entrian Source Search
Using Entrian Source Search is very simple and intuitive. Here are the basic steps:
Install Entrian Source Search from here. You will need Visual Studio 2005 or later (any edition except Express).
Open your solution in Visual Studio. Entrian Source Search will automatically index your files in the background. You can see the progress in the status bar.
Press Alt + = to open the search box. Type your query and press Enter. You will see the results in a dockable window.
Double-click on a result to open the file in the editor. You can also use the arrow keys and Enter to navigate the results.
To refine your search, you can use the search features described above. You can also use the toolbar buttons to filter by file type, project, or solution.
That's it! You can now enjoy the power and speed of Entrian Source Search. aa16f39245