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  • 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 – Lines of Code

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0130 [updated 5/15/2011: NASA has apparently removed the paper mentioned in this tip so I have added a new link] In vstipTool0129, “Code Metrics - Calculating Metrics,” I showed you how to obtain code metrics. Getting...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Calculating Metrics

    Windows: Alt, N, M (selected projects); Alt, N, L (solution); Alt, V, E, M, M, M, Enter (results) Menu: Analyze | Calculate Code Metrics For Selected Projects; Analyze | Calculate Code Metrics For Solution; View | Other Windows | Code Metric Results Command: Analyze.CalculateCodeMetricsforSelectedProjects;...
  • Blog Post: VS2010 SP1 New Features: Performance Wizard Support for Silverlight

    Windows: Alt, N, Z Menu: Analyze | Launch Performance Wizard Command: Analyze.LaunchPerformanceWizard SKU:  Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2005, 2008, 2010 Languages: C#, VB Code: vstipTool0128   This post represents a new path I’m taking with Visual Studio Tips and Tricks.  In the past,...
  • Blog Post: VS2010 SP1 New Features: Silverlight 4 Support

    Versions: 2010 SP1 Languages: C#, VB Code: vstipProj0031     Before we get started with today’s tip, just a little house-cleaning:  I am a couple of posts behind on the blog and will be catching up this week with an additional post on Thursday.  Also, I have decided to stop producing...
  • Blog Post: VS2010 SP1 New Features: HTML5 and CSS3 Support

    Menu:   Tools | Options | Text Editor | HTML | Validation Command:  Tools.Options Versions:  2010 SP1 Code:  vstipEdit0096     One of the more exciting new features included with Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 is new support for HTML5 and CSS3. Specifically, according...
  • 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: Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Setup Switches

    Versions: 2010 SP 1       When it comes time to install Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 you may want to take advantage of some setup switches that are available. I won’t explore all the options but you can get a list yourself by running the Setup.EXE file from the service pack with ...
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