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  • Blog Post: Understanding and Setting Up Access to Symbols

        Symbols are vital to the overall debugging effort.  Most of the time we take them for granted since they are auto-generated for our applications but we hit a brick wall when we try to work with something where debug symbols aren’t available.  I thought it would be a good idea...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace Debugging Deep Dive Session is Available for Download

      Folks, apologies for going dark for a few weeks but I have been heads down in the creation of some new IntelliTrace content.  I’ve put together a set of labs and slide decks that you can use to train yourself and/or train others on how to use this to full advantage.  You can find the...
  • 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: Windows Azure Solution Cookbook

      I started working with Azure almost five years ago and have been very happy to see it evolve and mature.  If you are working with Azure or just learning how to use this offering then you need to start with Clint Edmonson’s “Windows Azure Solution Cookbook” found here: http://www.notsotrivial...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Virtual Launch Event -- September 12, 2012

                                      The Visual Studio 2012 Virtual Launch Event is coming September 12!  Make sure to add this free event to your calendar so you can attend.  Just click the Add to Calendar link...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 Are Now Available

        On August 15th we announced the availability of, both, Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8.    Visual Studio 2012 You can find out more on our Visual Studio from Soma’s blog post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2012/08/15/visual-studio-2012-and-net-4-5-now-available...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Feature Packs

    [Reader Note: It looks like the formatting is cutting off the table on my main blog page. If you click on the link for the full story it will show in full.] I was talking with a customer the other day that uses Visual Studio Ultimate for many of its developers and just happened to mention the feature...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Release Candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5

      In case you haven’t heard Jason just announced the new RC is available: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jasonz/archive/2012/05/31/announcing-the-release-candidate-rc-of-visual-studio-2012-and-net-framework-4-5.aspx   You can download the bits here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/11/en-us/downloads...
  • Blog Post: Automatically Check for Updates to Visual Studio 11

    There is an update to Visual Studio 11 that came out in early April that is available.  You can find the details here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2677574   If you haven’t been playing with Visual Studio 11 yet, I strongly encourage you to get it today.  You can download it from here...
  • Blog Post: Product Features Comparison and MSDN Products by Benefit Level

    Ever wonder if Windows 3.1 comes with your MSDN subscription? Okay maybe not but it WOULD be nice to know what products come with the various subscription levels of MSDN. Turns out there is a spreadsheet we have that shows just about everything based on subscription level. I’ll get to that in a...
  • 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: Configuring Offline Help with VS2010 SP1

    General: CTRL + ALT + F1 (help settings); F1 (view help) Visual C# 2005: CTRL + F1, M (help settings); CTRL + F1, CTRL + M (help settings); F1 (view help) Windows: ALT + H, S (help settings); ALT + H, V (view help) Menu: Help | Manage Help Settings; Help | View Help Command: Help.ManageHelpSettings;...
  • Blog Post: Working with the New Project Dialog in Visual Studio 2010

      Apologies for missing last Thursday’s post for a video.  Here is the video that should have gone out but was delayed due to technical difficulties.   The text versions of this video can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/02/12/search-for-project-templates-in...
  • Blog Post: Video: Zoom In or Out of the Text Editor

    The text version of this video can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/01/07/zoom-in-or-out-of-text-in-the-editor-using-the-mouse-wheel.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/01/08/zoom-in-or-out-of-text-in-the-editor.aspx   If you can't play the embedded video...
  • Blog Post: How to use Reference Highlighting Video

    The text version of this video can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/01/18/how-to-use-reference-highlighting.aspx   If you can't play the embedded video below, you can see it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fndDT2GK-KU   You can also see my entire YouTube...
  • Blog Post: TODO Comments in the Task List

    The text version of this video can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/06/07/todo-comments-in-the-task-list-vstiptool0029.aspx   If you can't play the embedded video below, you can see it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l47g7_Qe8HE   You can also see my entire...
  • Blog Post: Setting a Breakpoint in the Call Stack Window

    The text version of this video can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/02/05/setting-a-breakpoint-in-the-call-stack-window-vstipdebug0008.aspx     If you can't play the embedded video below, you can see it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_H_bLEHVZc  ...
  • Blog Post: Server Explorer: Server Management Classes

    Keyboard: CTRL + ALT + S Menu: View -> Server Explorer Command: View.ServerExplorer Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 12/31/2010 Code: vstipTool0123 Work with SharePoint? Then make sure to check out the new SharePoint Developer Team Blog ! The Management Classes in Server Explorer give you...
  • Blog Post: Server Explorer: Server Event Logs

    Keyboard: CTRL + ALT + S Menu: View -> Server Explorer Command: View.ServerExplorer Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 12/30/2010 Code: vstipTool0122 Work with SharePoint? Then make sure to check out the new SharePoint Developer Team Blog ! I think we take Server Explorer for granted for the...
  • Blog Post: Server Explorer: Data Connections

    Keyboard: CTRL + ALT + S Menu: View -> Server Explorer; Tools -> Connect to Database Command: View.ServerExplorer; Tools.ConnecttoDatabase Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 12/29/2010 Code: vstipTool0121 Work with SharePoint? Then make sure to check out the new SharePoint Developer Team Blog...
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