Microsoft Visual Studio Tips: 251 Ways to Improve Your Productivity

Overview

Unlock the secrets of Visual Studio—learning hundreds of tips and shortcuts for optimizing the editor, search, navigation, windows layouts, and other capabilities. As a member of the Visual Studio Core Team, the author analyzed nearly every feature in the core environment—unearthing the tips and tweaks that streamline work and maximize efficiency. Get practical insights into how IDE features work, and how to quickly adapt them for any ...

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Overview

Unlock the secrets of Visual Studio—learning hundreds of tips and shortcuts for optimizing the editor, search, navigation, windows layouts, and other capabilities. As a member of the Visual Studio Core Team, the author analyzed nearly every feature in the core environment—unearthing the tips and tweaks that streamline work and maximize efficiency. Get practical insights into how IDE features work, and how to quickly adapt them for any programming language.

Accelerate your productivity with Sara’s Top Six Tips—and hundreds more:

  • Avoid accidentally copying blank lines
  • Select only vertical columns of code
  • Cycle through the clipboard to paste multiple elements
  • Use incremental search to find what you are typing
  • Increase your overall environment font size
  • Use tracepoints to log the contents of a variable
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735626409
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Series: Visual Studio Tips Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Ford is the Senior Product and Community Manager at Black Duck Software for Ohloh.net, the largest public destination for finding and evaluating open source software. Prior to Black Duck, she worked for nine years at Microsoft Corp., where she was responsible for CodePlex.com, the open source project hosting forge for Microsoft. She started her career as a software tester on Visual Studio, a software development tool, where she drove the effort to make it possible for developers who are blind or have low-vision be able to write software applications. She is the author of Visual Studio Tips, published by Microsoft Press, where she donated her author royalties to start a scholarship fund (http://www.mgccc.edu/news/book_raises_scholarship_money_for_MGCCC_students.php) designed for residents of her hometown Waveland, Miss. To attend the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

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Table of Contents

Praise for Microsoft Visual Studio Tips . . .

Foreword

Introduction

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Get Back to Basics with Your Editor

Chapter 2: Make Your Editor Work for You

Chapter 3: Find What You Are Searching For

Chapter 4: Manage Your Environment Layout

Chapter 5: Discover More Tools for Your Design Time, Part 1

Chapter 6: Discover More Tools for Your Design Time, Part 2

Chapter 7: Know Your Solutions, and Other Project and Debugging Tweaks

Appendix A: Visual Studio Factoids

Appendix B: Tips on Blogging Tips

Appendix C: Software Testing Tips

Appendix D: How I Started Programming

About the Author

Additional Resources for Developers from Microsoft Press

More Great Developer Resources

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Wonderful, Inventive Book

    This is NOT your usualy geek book on VB.Net. It takes the novel approach to go beyond standard training to open the window on a BUNCH of GREAT utilities and free add-ons that will pay big dividends. The book more than paid for itself when I needed to create an Excel spreadsheet from a PC that doesn't have Excel installed. The book referenced a free tool that could be used to write an XML file that was compliant w/ Excel's format and was viewed as an Excel file. Saved me MANY hours and provided a tool that I can use on dozens of other projects.

    There are 251 such items in here. Even if you only use 5, it will be a big time and money saver.

    GREAT IDEA! Thanks, Sara Ford, for coming up w/ this great idea.

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