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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips and Tricks – Formatting your code

    With a little setup and a keyboard shortcut you can easily keep your code formatted the way you want it! We all have our habits in terms of how we format our code. So why not take 5 minutes to modify the Visual Studio settings so the code looks the way you want all the time! No matter what programming...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips and Tricks: 5 great keyboard shortcuts

    Here’s five of my favorite keyboard shortcuts in Visual Studio, I think there’s a good chance there is at least one of them you haven’t seen before! Find more Visual Studio tips and tricks here Move code ALT+UP/DOWN This keyboard shortcut is new in Visual Studio 2013. If you...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips and Tricks – Quick Launch (Where was that option/menu item?)

    Ever tried to remember where you turn line numbers on and off? Or where you go to change the theme for Visual Studio? Quick Launch, a new feature in Visual Studio 2013, gets rid of the guess work! Find more Visual Studio tips and tricks here As I was exploring new features in Visual Studio 2013...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips and Tricks – new features in Visual Studio 2013

    Susan Ibach and Christopher Harrison present new features in Visual Studio 2013 on Microsoft Virtual Academy . I’ve been blogging about different Visual Studio features on GoDevMental , so when the opportunity came along to do a presentation to highlight some of the great new features in Visual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips and Tricks – Easier debugging with “Just My Code”

    The Just My Code feature in Visual Studio 2013 makes it easier for you to debug your code in Visual Studio. Find more Visual Studio tips and tricks here Why do I want this feature? Does this story sound familiar? You set a breakpoint in your code. You get to the breakpoint and you hit Step Into...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips: Selection shortcuts for lazy coders

    Here are a couple of tricks you may not know for selecting and editing text with as few keystrokes as possible. Don’t forget students can get Visual Studio Professional for free through DreamSpark ! Find more Visual Studio tips and tricks here Cut, Copy, Paste: Three commands programmers...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips and Tricks – Checking code dependencies visually

    Ever had to make changes to someone else’s code or figure out what might be impacted by a change to a class? You will love the ability to visualize the structure of the code. FYI – this feature is only available in Visual Studio Ultimate. If you are a student and you have access to DreamSpark Premium...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips: Starting to code your class project in TFS

    Once you have your requirements and tasks assigned, your developers can start coding the tasks for the first iteration This blog follows up two previous posts on how to use TFS for class projects , and how to use TFS for requirements . If you want more detail on how to start coding your tasks,...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips: for JavaScript Coders try CoffeeScript

    For those new to JavaScript (or those of us who are just lazy) CoffeeScript allows you to forget all those pesky semi colons and still create JavaScript for your websites or Windows apps and you can use it in Visual Studio! CoffeeScript is a neat little language that compiles into JavaScript, but you...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips: Copy & paste tricks

    Here’s a few hidden tricks in Visual Studio for those who love <CTRL><C>. I once heard someone say “the only original line of code every written was the first line of code, the rest was copy and paste.” While that many not entirely be true, all of us who do any serious...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips for HTML web or windows developers: ZenCoding

    Whether its for HTML websites or Windows 8 apps, there are some nice features hidden in Visual Studio for HTML developers! Check out Zen Coding in Visual Studio 2012! If you do a lot of HTML and haven’t discovered Zen Coding, read on! If you already know ZenCoding and all you want to know is how do I...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips: Using TFS for requirements

    Visual Studio with TFS is more than just for coding, you can use it for the whole lifecycle of a project. In this post we’ll explore how you add requirements . If you haven’t got TFS yet, you’ll want to check out this post on getting started with TFS so you can set up your project, then you can start...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tips: Manage Your Class Project with TFS Service

    One of the reasons your instructors keep making you work in teams is because that’s what happens when you enter the “real world”. Whether you are working solo on a project or as part of a team, why not use a real world tool to manage the project? TFS stands for Team Foundation Service...
  • Blog Post: The best discussion forums for Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers

    Started coding or publishing and got stuck? Which discussion forum should you turn to? Forums are a great resource when you get stuck. Here are some good ones for Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers. If you’ve found any great ones I should add, please share! Don't forget apps published by...
  • Blog Post: Video of the Week: How to Port iOS apps to Windows apps

    This video talks about how to port iOS apps to Windows Store apps Many of you have built apps for iOS and may be interested in how developing for Windows Store varies from developing for iOS. In this video Rafe Wu explains some of the comparisons between the two platforms. This is not an exhaustive list...
  • Blog Post: Building a great Windows 8 app Step 6: Which template should you use?

    You are about to start coding your Windows 8 project, what template should you start with? This blog is part of a series . Picking the right template at the start of your project can save you a lot of work! Finding the right Visual Studio template, or finding a project template out there that is similar...
  • Blog Post: Building a great Windows 8 app Step 3: Installing the SDK & Tools

    How do you get the Windows 8 SDK and Visual Studio? What if you have Visual Studio already? This blog is part of a series, you can find the entire series here . In Step 2 we learned where to find and different options for installing Windows 8 which is required before you download and install the SDK...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 development for iOS developers

    If you’ve already built an iOS app, what do you need to know to build a Windows 8 app? The Windows Store site has added some great resources to help iOS developers create Windows 8 store apps. You’ll find Resources for iOS developers that includes all kinds of tips to help you get started How to install...
  • Blog Post: How can a student in Canada get Windows 8 RTM and Visual Studio 2012?

    How can students in Canada get their hands on Windows 8 RTM and Visual Studio 2012 so they can start building cool apps? On August 1st the Windows team announced they had completed the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 8. The blog announced that developers could download the final version on...
  • Blog Post: Professors, instructors these sessions are for you!

    We’ve put together a series of sessions for faculty Thursday June 21st to help you keep up with what’s new and find out about the resources Microsoft has for you Teaching courses is a lot of work, the constant pressure to keep courses relevant, and of course it’s not just teaching...
  • Blog Post: C# Tip’s and Tricks

    Are you interested in developing apps for Windows phone and Windows 8 and you already got the skills to code in Java. After few years developing in Java, I have finally decided to switch to C# with .net Framework . There are several reasons for this decision which I will going to explain in this series...
  • Blog Post: Helpful Visual Studio resources

    Whether you are just learning Visual Studio because you are building a phone app, or you have been using it for a few years, here are some of my favourite and most requested links for Visual Studio resources. I taught developer courses for a number of years, and there were certain questions and requests...
  • Blog Post: My love affair with Visual Studio: Error Correction

    I have been working with Visual Studio for years, and I’ve found a few tricks along the way that make my coding easier. In this blog post I’ll show one of my favourite time savers the Error Correction feature. When you are writing code for a form or a class as part of a team, or even if you are just...
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