Visual Studio Hacks: Tips & Tools for Turbocharging the IDE
James Avery

Price: $6.19 FREE for Members
Type: eBook
Released: 2005
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Page Count: 512
Format: chm
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0596008473
ISBN-13: 9780596008475
User Rating: (3 Votes)

With start-up templates for projects ranging from Windows applications to web services, and extensive help and on-line documentation, Visual Studio .NET might be mistaken for a tool for unsophisticated users. It's true that most developers soon discover that the basic operation of Visual Studio is fairly self-explanatory; less obvious are some of the suite's more advanced built-in features.

Visual Studio .Net includes a wealth of little-used capabilities, is very customizable, has a complete automation model, and much more. On top of its regular feature set, there are hosts of free add-ins, macros, and power toys that can further enhance the functionality of Visual Studio. This book is all about exploring these things, and in doing so, becoming a better and more efficient developer. Developers will learn how to:

Get the most out of projects and solutions, including getting down and dirty with the undocumented format of project and solution files Use these editor features to the fullest, and add additional functionality to the editor through the use of third-party add-ins Learn smarter ways to navigate the application and your own source code Customize shortcut keys, toolbars, menus, the toolbox, and much more Use the debugger successfully not only on your source code, but with T-SQL and scripting languages as well Automatically generate code Learn how the server can be used to interface with databases, services, and performance counters, as well as WMI Use and create Visual Studio add-ins to extend its functionality Offering valuable tips, tools, and tricks, Visual Studio Hacks takes you far beyond the suite's usual capabilities. You can read this book from cover to cover or, because each hack stands its own, you can feel free to browse and jump to the different sections that interest you most. If there's a prerequisite you need to know about, a cross-reference will guide you to the right hack.

If you want to experience the full spectrum of Visual Studio's functionality and flexibility, you'll find the perfect guide for exploration in Visual Studio Hacks. Once the final page is turned, you can confidently say that you've been exposed to everything that Visual Studio .NET is capable of doing.

About the Author

James Avery is the founder and owner of Infozerk Inc. which runs The Lounge advertising network and provides .NET and Ruby consulting. James has been working with .NET since 2001 and has been a web developer since 1996. He has written books for Microsoft Press, Wrox, and O'Reilly Press. James has written articles for MSDN Magazine and Dr. Dobbs, most recently doing a three month stint writing the Toolbox column in MSDN Magazine. James is a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider and has spoken at a number of user groups and conferences.

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