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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate Available Today!

    Hey Folks :) Wanted to let you know that the Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 Release Candidates were made public today. Here is some guidance and information: Please go to Soma’s blog for the main announcement today. Action Items: - Download Visual Studio 2013 RC...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts

      If you have been following the blog then you know I am a HUGE fan of Brian Keller’s VS/TFS virtual machines. I personally use them to make sure folks can duplicate the techniques I show them in my posts. Earlier this month Brian announced the availability of the latest one: “Visual Studio 2013...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Code Map Debugger Integration

      Prologue The original Code Map was introduced in the product with Visual Studio 2012 Update 1. You need to read my original post before moving on: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2013/02/07/visual-studio-2012-update-1-understanding-code-map.aspx   My assessment at the time was that...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013: Quick Launch

    In the past, finding things deep in the IDE has been a challenge. Visual Studio 2012 introduced Quick Launch (CTRL + Q) which specifically addresses how to dig inside Visual Studio to find features you need. Let’s take a look.   Quick Launch: Basic Use You can find Quick Launch in the upper right...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Navigate To

    You can use Navigate To to search for objects, definitions, or references (symbols) in a solution. If you happen to remember the old Navigate To dialog box then you know it was useful but blocked your view of the code:   The new Navigate To dialog is much less intrusive. Just press CTRL+,[comma...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Peek Definition aka Go To Definition (Peek)

    Traditionally when you want to view the definition of a method you place your cursor inside the call:   Then press F12 to go to the document where the definition exists:     Using Peek But what if you don’t want to leave your current location:   No problem! Just take advantage of...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Preview: CodeLens aka Code Information Indicators

    [Updated: 7/12/2013: Thanks to John Gardner for the updated info.]   There is only one way to describe this next feature: IT ROCKS!   To use this feature you will need Visual Studio 2013 Preview and Team Foundation Server 2013 Preview as some information comes from TFS.     Presenting...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Preview: C++ Automatic Brace Completion

    One of the new features in VS2013 for C++ Developers is automatic brace completion. We’ve had this in other languages for a while and this is an example of the C++ language gaining IDE parity with VB and C#.   Essentially, if you type any of the following characters: { (curly brace) [ (square bracket...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Distinguishing Multiple Instances of Visual Studio

      So this next feature I don’t personally have much use for but it may be useful for some of you. Basically, with older versions of Visual Studio, you would have multiple instances opened and you couldn’t distinguish between the active and inactive ones:   Now in Visual Studio 2013 you can...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Enhanced Scroll Bar

    Visual Studio 2013 has another great new feature: enhanced scroll bar functionality. The new scroll bar will show cursor location, breakpoints, and much more! Let’s take a look.     Power Tools Before we begin I want to address where some of the new features in VS2013 are coming from. In Visual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Moving Lines of Code

    And I’m finally back! It’s been a few months since I have blogged and I am glad to be doing it again. This year I will be revising and updating most of the tips for VS2013. Not all of them will be updated simply because some features just aren’t used that much anymore and I want to focus on the more...
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