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Posted - Feb 14 2023 :  05:53:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sometimes I would like to have some way to find a function by searching for the return type and/or the parameter types, as well as its name, or part of it.

For example, I've found in our codebase some old reimplementation of the max function, with a different name, and I was trying to find more if there are any more, to remove them.

If I could search for "A function that contains max in its name (to cover "GetMax", "Maximum", "Maximo"...), takes 2 doubles and returns a double", it would be easier...

Or "I know there must be some function that takes so and so, and returns bool"...
Right now, we have some inconsistent names, and searching for the right function takes some time.

Could something like this be added to Visual Assist?

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Posted - Feb 14 2023 :  06:39:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We are considering changing the Find Symbol dialog to allow searching of parameters. One reason for caution here is performance, since large solutions tend to have a lot of symbols listed in this dialog. When we do look at this then adding the return type is worth considering.


For now you would need to consider some form of regular expression search string, which is likely to return quite a lot of extra stuff.

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Posted - Feb 14 2023 :  08:16:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks! Yes, I've used a regexp, but, as you know, they are not exactly trivial to use.
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