.Net Tips – Collating partial class files

Yan Cui

I help clients go faster for less using serverless technologies.

You know how Visual Studio neatly collates all the relevant files (the XAML and the code behind file in this case) for you whenever you create a new user control or page in WPF:

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needless to say, in any sizable UI project this makes life hell of a lot easier navigating through the solution!

However, the same support is sadly lacking for normal partial class files.. for instance, if I ever wanted to slice up my class into partial classes in separate files to better organize (and make perusing easier) a bloated class file:

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Visual Studio by default doesn’t collate the partial class files for you, but there’s a quick and easy (albeit manual) way to do this yourself in a few steps:

1. unload the project and edit the .csproj file

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2. edit the entries for the files you want to collate to add a DependentUpon child element, e.g.

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3. save, and reload project

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Voila!

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