At long last it is with great pride that I can officially announce the availability our new book!  After a year of work and a few interesting speed bumps along the way the book is now in stores world-wide.  If you want the best price that I have seen so far, I suggest you go to Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0735649928

 

If you get a copy of the book, Sara and I would love to hear what you think about it and any improvements you would like to see in the next revision.  You can email me at zainnab@microsoft.com with your comments / suggestions / etc..  Also, if you get a chance, please make sure to give a review on Amazon  and/or the O’Reilly web site so others will know if they should buy the book or not. 

 

For those who aren’t regular readers of this blog, here is the basic information from the main O’Reilly book site:

Description

Take a detailed look into Visual Studio—and learn practical techniques to help you work more efficiently. This fully revised and expanded version of Visual Studio Tips: 251 Ways to Improve Your Productivity includes a comprehensive collection of tips and shortcuts for working with the code editor, visual designers, searches, debugger, and other features in Visual Studio 2005, 2008, and 2010.

 

Expert advice to help you work smarter and increase your productivity with Visual Studio.

Take a detailed look into Visual Studio—and learn practical techniques to help you work more efficiently. This fully revised and expanded version of Visual Studio Tips: 251 Ways to Improve Your Productivity includes a comprehensive collection of tips and shortcuts for working with the code editor, visual designers, searches, debugger, and other features in Visual Studio 2005, 2008, and 2010. You'll gain valuable insights for using this IDE—no matter what your experience level.

Discover how to:

  • Change development settings and keyboard mappings to optimize your efficiency
  • Save time initiating a new project by creating custom templates
  • Uncover secrets for working with the toolbox, commands, and window layouts
  • Work with files in more practical ways, such as using the File Tab Channel
  • Use the Editor more effectively with tips on selecting and manipulating code
  • Apply techniques to help reduce the time you spend debugging code
  • Create Visual Studio extensions to increase your development productivity

 

 

 

Acknowledgements

I thought it would be appropriate to list the acknowledgements for the book here again to thank those who had an impact on our lives and on the book:

Jane and Louie Smolensky / Beulah Bourgeois / Annabelle Fayard / Helen Naboulsi / Russell Chandler—Our immediate friends and family.

 

Russell Jones and Adam Zaremba—Editors at O’Reilly Media, who herded the cats to make
this book happen.


Kevin Stevens—Who came up with the name of the book and was instrumental in the
technical review process.


Paul Millsaps and Bill Needels—For doing some of the technical review for the book.


Sean Laberee—Senior Program Manager Lead at Microsoft who helped both Sara and me
get started with Tips and Tricks.


Dustin Campbell—Program Manager at Microsoft who continues to be a constant source of
information when I get stuck on a feature or concept.


Brittany Behrens—Program Manager at Microsoft who helped me during those first tenuous
days after I took over Sara’s work.


Matt Manela—for writing the content for the Snippet Designer extension.


Andrew Steele—for writing the content for the Productivity Power Tools extension.


Jim Christopher—for writing the content for both the GhostDoc and the StudioShell
extensions.


Terry Leeper—Principal Architect, Windows C++ Team, my main contact with the C++ folks
and a good friend that has helped me resolve questions about features since I started doing
the tips.


Lisa Feigenbaum and Beth Massi—Program Managers at Microsoft who constantly provided
guidance and support as the content of the book evolved.


Brian Moore—Director, DPE Central Region, for providing support and being a great manager.


Clint Edmonson—Senior Architect Evangelist at Microsoft who I have toured with throughout
the country delivering Visual Studio talks to thousands of people.


Phil Wheat—My best friend at Microsoft and a constant source of information. Phil is easily
the smartest person I know.


Jared Bienz, Mike Azocar—Very good friends who have been great to bounce ideas around
as I worked on the book.


Rob Bagby, Mike Benkovich, John Weston, Keith Combs—My old Microsoft Across America
buddies.


Finally, Sara Ford wishes to thank Dr. Terrance Delaney and Dr. Michael McMurray for fixing
her chronic shin splints during the course of writing this book.