Best Kept Secrets in .NET

Best Kept Secrets in .NET

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by Deborah Kurata

Author Deborah Kurata has spoken to .NET user groups all over America sharing her Best Kept Secrets in .NET, and she often hears experienced developers say, "I didn't know you could do that with .NET!" This book is a collection of Deborah’s insights into .NET secrets that can enhance your productivity and code quality.



Author Deborah Kurata has spoken to .NET user groups all over America sharing her Best Kept Secrets in .NET, and she often hears experienced developers say, "I didn't know you could do that with .NET!" This book is a collection of Deborah’s insights into .NET secrets that can enhance your productivity and code quality.

For example, did you know that you could manage code snippets in Visual Studio .NET? Have you ever tried the incremental search feature? Have you discovered the ErrorProvider control? Do you know how to short-circuit operators, alias data types, build regular expressions, or improve your type casting? Have you seen all of the database tools available from Server Explorer? Did you know that you could manage your database scripts within Solution Explorer and include your stored procedures under source code control? Have you tried expanding the capabilities of a dataset using ExtendedProperties? With all of the talk about agile methodologies and extreme programming, have you tried to build a test harness with .NET? How about deprecating your methods? This book covers these secrets and much more!

Deborah also presents a collection of very valuable but lesser-known features of Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. She provides detailed information about how you can use each of these hidden treasures to improve the efficiency of your software development process and the quality of the resulting software. Whether you are an experienced developer or you're just getting started with .NET, this book will help you to be more productive, create better code, and produce superior software.

The primary goal of this book is to let you in on the secrets and hidden treasures that you can discover in Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. If, as you read through this book and say to yourself, "I didnt know I could do that with .NET!" then this book has met its objective.

Table of Contents

  1. Hidden Treasures in Visual Studio
  2. Doing Windows Forms
  3. Code Tricks
  4. Much ADO
  5. Defensive Development

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Working with .NET? Why not discover some of the hidden tricks it can do to make your life easier? Deborah Kurata gets oohs and ahs when she goes around the country teaching this stuff. Chances are, you’ll ooh and ah, too.

Did you know you can use docking and anchoring to let users resize your forms -- without writing one line of code? Have you thought about how VS ’05’s new features will simplify refactoring? Have you discovered the full power of its keyboard shortcuts yet? Are you managing regular expressions as well as you should? Are you still viewing datasets the hard way, when there’s a better alternative?

Better alternatives: This book’s packed with them. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Deborah Kurata is a software developer and the bestselling author of Doing Objects with Visual Basic 6.0. She is among the highest-rated speakers at software development conferences worldwide and is the cofounder of InStep Technologies, a leading software consulting and training firm.

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Best Kept Secrets in .NET 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book does not go into great depth in any one area, it does a good job of recommending ways to increase the performance of code as well as make it more readable and extensible. Many of the tips apply across programming practice (i.e. short-circuiting and/or), but a few are related to just .NET. It is definitely worth it for the intermediate / beginning programmers. Advanced programmers may not find anything new however.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I'm giving this book high marks for thoroughness of content, I did feel slightly dejected after expecting it, based on its title, to be a cornucopia of gems of little-known facts that .NET developers of varying levels could use. And while it certainly contains a lot of good remarks about how to work faster and/or more efficiently with have better performing code, it's not exactly a collection of 'secrets'.

I'm a somewhat experienced programmer, and a lot of what I read I found to be best practices that most introductory books on a variety of subjects will feature. The book's magic is that the tips are consolidated to within a single bound title, relieving the reader of needing to buy and read multiple titles to acquire such knowledge.

The book's finer points are evident in the many code samples being featured in both Visual Basic .NET and C#, and the book's succinct nature. Author Deborah Kurata doesn't spend hours poring over concepts; she just gets right to the point and lets you know how you can use a certain trick in your .NET programming. On that point, there's also a nice discussion of using regular expressions and operator overloading, and a good preview of refactoring in Visual Studio 2005 (at the time of this writing still in early beta).

However, I was disappointed in the fact that there wasn't a chapter on such secrets for web development with ASP.NET, and leans heavily towards those programming for Windows Forms (there are faint mentions of using web.config for web projects, but that's about it). This makes the book more applicable to desktop developers, and unfairly denies the browser crowd of using this book for their work.

Still, I came away with a couple of morsels that I'll take with me, such as the ability to use VB .NET's IsNumeric function in C# by referencing Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll. As with most APress titles, it's made the stand the test of time, with heavy paper and sturdy binding, so it's great as a desktop reference.

Overall it makes for a nice, quick read - priced pretty decently.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the .NET framework gets built out by Microsoft and others, experience has been gained by some of its users. It is encouraging news for .NET users that part of this experience is being disseminated by Kurata in her book. From her own dealings with .NET and feedback she's gotten from many other users, she gives us examples of tweaks here and there that were overlooked or unappreciated in first generation books on .NET. There is no radical style improvement offered here. No dazzling new overview of .NET. And no new design patterns either. Instead, there are nifty code tricks in C#, Visual Basic, Visual Studio or MS Windows Forms. Typically, the different chapters have nothing in common except .NET itself. Payoffs are incremental gains in coding or runtime efficiency. A details book that can fill gaps in your .NET knowledge. Lest you think I'm damning with faint praise, note that there is room in your computing library for books like this. Limited scope, perhaps. But the details in it are the implementation. With this book, you can quickly understand each trick the author shows. Plus, if you decide to use it, then you can do so immediately. Which usually doesn't happen with higher level books.