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  • Blog Post: Videos in Visual Studio 2012

    The folks at Channel9 have created some video shorts on how to use many of the cool new features in Visual Studio 2012.  You will most likely encounter links to the videos for the first time when you look at the “How-To Videos” section of the Start Page:   If you want another path to the videos...
  • Blog Post: Surround with a Code Snippet (C# Only)

    Keyboard:  CTRL + K, CTRL + S Menu:  Edit | IntelliSense | Surround With Command:  Edit.SurroundWith Versions:  2008,2010 Published:  4/21/2010 Code:  vstipEdit0052     This is one that even people who know about snippets tend to forget.  You can actually...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview: Code Clone Detection (aka Code Clone Analysis)

    [NOTE: This post has been depricated, you can find the updated post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2012/06/28/visual-studio-2012-new-features-code-clone-analysis.aspx ] Versions: Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Make sure to get your copy of the new book from Sara and...
  • Blog Post: Greatest Hits: Using the New IntelliSense - Pascal Case

    Keyboard:  CTRL + J  Menu:  Edit | IntelliSense | List Members Command:  Edit.ListMembers Versions:  2010 Published:  2/9/2010 Code:  vstipEdit0017     Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to use IntelliSense to get a method but there are a TON...
  • Blog Post: Greatest Hits: Using Visual Studio 2010 IntelliSense with Keywords

    Keyboard:  CTRL + J Menu:  Edit –> IntelliSense –> List Members Command:  Edit.ListMembers Versions:  2010 Published:  2/8/2010 Code:  vstipEdit0016   The one feature we regularly use more than just about anything else in Visual Studio is IntelliSense.  It...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview: Multiple / Floating Tab Wells

    Versions: Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview     Make sure to get your copy of the new book from Sara and me: Coding Faster: Getting More Productive with Microsoft Visual Studio   Note: As always with pre-release software, some of the features may not make it into the final version or...
  • Blog Post: Greatest Hits: Make IntelliSense Transparent

    Keyboard:  CTRL Versions:  2008,2010 Published:  10/17/2010 Code:  vstipEdit0077   I thought it would be cool to rerun some of the items that many people have really liked in the past.  This is the first of the posts I’ll call the Greatest Hits for folks to get exposure...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview: Preview Tab

    [ NOTE: This post has been depricated. The new, updated post can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2012/06/19/visual-studio-2012-new-features-preview-tab.aspx ] Shortcut: CTRL + ALT + Home (promote); ALT (do not preview in Solution Explorer) Versions: Visual Studio 11...
  • Blog Post: Docking External Document Windows

    Windows:  CTRL + Double Click on Title Bar Menu:   Window | Dock As Tabbed Document Command:  Window.DockAsTabbedDocument SKU: Professional, Premium, Ultimate Versions:  2010, Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Code:  vstipEnv0065     In Visual Studio 2010 we introduced...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview - Project Backward Compatibility (Round-Tripping)

    [ NOTE: This post has been depricated. The new, updated post can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2012/06/05/visual-studio-2012-compatibility-aka-project-round-tripping.aspx ] UPDATE 3/8/2012: As of the Beta this does not work with all project types. Most notably...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview: Quick Launch

    [NOTE: This post has been depricated you can find the new post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2012/06/26/visual-studio-2012-new-features-quick-launch.aspx ] I’m very excited about the new Quick Launch feature! You can catch my latest post on this feature on the Visual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview: Visual Basic (VB) Call Hierarchy

    Hey folks! Well Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview is here and the Visual Studio team has asked me to write about some of the cool new features coming in the next release. My first post, on the new VB Call Hierarchy, can be found at the Visual Basic Team blog here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam...
  • Blog Post: Coding Faster: Getting More Productive with Microsoft Visual Studio -- Getting the Appendix

    Folks I just wanted to call it out since the book doesn’t really emphasize it as much as I would like. The appendix is basically a second book that goes with the first. I took the entire body of work and divided it into part that go to print and parts that get put in the appendix area. If you only...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio vNext Performance Enhancements

    Continuing on our odyssey of exploring the features in vNext, I thought we would look at some of the performance enhancements that have been publicly announced.  Naturally, at this time, I can’t go very deep into the inner-workings of the improvements but will endeavor to list them out and explain...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio vNext IDE Enhancements

    === Quick Housekeeping Note:  I’ve deprecated the old Visual Studio Tips extension and have tried to get it removed from the gallery so it isn’t available anymore but have had little success.  I am currently not planning to replace the tool with a new version but am open to suggestions as to...
  • Blog Post: Now Shipping! Coding Faster: Getting More Productive with Visual Studio (Covers Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, 2008, and 2010)

    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...
  • Blog Post: Static Code Analysis – Understanding the Predefined Rules

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2010 Code: vstipTool0140     In vstipTool139 (“Static Code Analysis – Simple Code Analysis”) we scratched the surface of code analysis for a simple class. Now we will begin to delve deeper into the extensive set of predefined rules available out-of-the-box in...
  • Blog Post: Static Code Analysis (aka FxCop) – Simple Code Analysis

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0139   In my extensive travels with my good friend Clint Edmonson ( http://www.notsotrivial.net/blog/ ) we found yet another feature available in Visual that seems to be underutilized: Static Code Analysis. After some digging, we discovered...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics: Working with Columns

    Windows: Alt, V, M (press several times), Enter Menu: View | Other Windows | Code Metrics Results Command: View.CodeMetricsResults SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Languages: C++ (managed only), C#, VB Code: vstipTool0138     The last top on our tour of the Code Metrics Results window...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Creating Work Items from Code Metrics Results

    Windows: Alt, V, M (press several times), Enter Menu: View | Other Windows | Code Metrics Results Command: View.CodeMetricsResults SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Languages: C++ (managed only), C#, VB Code: vstipTool0137   NOTE: This tip requires that you are connected to a Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics: Code Metrics Results Exporting

    Windows: Alt, V, M (press several times), Enter Menu: View | Other Windows | Code Metrics Results Command: View.CodeMetricsResults SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Languages: C++ (managed only), C#, VB Code: vstipTool0136   Previously I showed you how to filter your code metrics results...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Code Metrics Results Filtering

    Windows: Alt, V, M (press several times), Enter Menu: View | Other Windows | Code Metrics Results Command: View.CodeMetricsResults SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Languages: C++ (managed only), C#, VB Code: vstipTool0135   Having explored code metrics in great detail in the previous...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Maintainability Index

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0134   At long last it is time to look at the final metric from the code metrics (see vstipTool0129, “Code Metrics - Calculating Metrics”): maintainability index. As with the other metrics it is best to start with some definitions. First...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Class Coupling

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0133     As we continue looking at code metrics in Visual Studio (see vstipTool0129, “Calculating Metrics”), it’s time to look at class coupling. Class coupling also goes by the name Coupling Between Objects (CBO) as originally defined...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Depth of Inheritance (DIT)

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0132   Continuing our examination of code metrics (see vstipTool0129, “Calculating Metrics”), it’s time to take a look at one of the metrics designed specifically for object-oriented analysis: Depth of Inheritance. Depth of inheritance,...
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