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Coding Faster: Getting More Productive with Microsoft Visual Studio: Covers Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005, 2008, and 2010 [Paperback]

Zain Naboulsi , Sara Ford
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Book Description

3 Sep 2011 0735649928 978-0735649927 1

Expert advice to help you work smarter and increase your productivity with Visual Studio.

Take a detailed look into Visual Studio—and learn practical techniques to help you work more efficiently. This fully revised and expanded version of Visual Studio Tips: 251 Ways to Improve Your Productivity includes a comprehensive collection of tips and shortcuts for working with the code editor, visual designers, searches, debugger, and other features in Visual Studio 2005, 2008, and 2010. You'll gain valuable insights for using this IDE—no matter what your experience level.

Discover how to:

  • Change development settings and keyboard mappings to optimize your efficiency
  • Save time initiating a new project by creating custom templates
  • Uncover secrets for working with the toolbox, commands, and window layouts
  • Work with files in more practical ways, such as using the File Tab Channel
  • Use the Editor more effectively with tips on selecting and manipulating code
  • Apply techniques to help reduce the time you spend debugging code
  • Create Visual Studio extensions to increase your development productivity

Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (3 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735649928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735649927
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.7 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Zain Naboulsi is a Senior Developer Evangelist at Microsoft® and frequently lectures on Visual Studio® topics.

Sara Ford is the Senior Product and Community Manager at Black Duck Software for, the largest public destination for finding and evaluating open source software. Prior to Black Duck, she worked for nine years at Microsoft Corp., where she was responsible for, the open source project hosting forge for Microsoft. She started her career as a software tester on Visual Studio, a software development tool, where she drove the effort to make it possible for developers who are blind or have low-vision be able to write software applications. She is the author of Visual Studio Tips, published by Microsoft Press, where she donated her author royalties to start a scholarship fund (​scholarship_money_for_MGCCC_students.php) designed for residents of her hometown Waveland, Miss. to attend the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have for any .NET Developer 30 Oct 2011
This is a must read for any .NET Developer, from beginner to advanced. Zain is a worthwhile follow on from Sara Fords original book.
The book is about making any developer more productive than they are and unless you are a member of the product team you should find a lot of useful areas.
Overall it solves a general problem, Visual Studio is a very large and complex product and most developers don't have the time or the reference material to learn all of the features, now you just have to put the time in.

If you use Visual Studio buy this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars The reference manual for using Visual Studio 7 Oct 2011
By Philip Wheat - Published on
(Full Disclosure - I work with Zain)

Remember when development environments came in boxes that shipped around and you got a set of books inside with the disks? This is one of those books. This is the reference book that you go to for that hotkey to make everything easier. Or to find the fastest way to move around the codebase so you don't lose your train of thought. And it is the ONLY place I've seen where I can find out just what it means when I run Visual Studio the first time and it asks me for my defaults - what's the difference between a C# developer and a default developer? Zain dug out the details and put them in the book so I know what my choice means.

This is NOT a tutorial book. This IS a reference manual on all the ins and outs and details of the development environment itself that can help make the difference between wandering lost in the menus and having the code flow from your fingertips. It's a book you definately want on your shelf if you code every day (and even if you don't do it EVERY day.)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners... 6 Sep 2011
By T. Anderson - Published on
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I had a few second thoughts about buying this book knowing that all the content was available on line. After thinking about it for a while I decided to get it. In order to see what is available on line I need to search for it and not knowing what to search for won't get me to the content anytime soon.

Although I believe this book will definitely get the beginner up to speed quickly, advanced users will not benefit as much. I was the subject matter expert for the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Learning Snacks so I had to learn the IDE extensively. I therefore did not learn very much from the material. I can say however, that this book's material is perfect for those who don't have the time to play with VS to learn all the little productivity tips this book offers.

The book has a 254 page appendix available for download. Although this is great additional material, I would have preferred it be included in the book. I found the little key at the beginning of each tip a waste of paper and would have rather seen this content included.

I really feel that beginners should definitely read this book, mid-level developers will learn plenty of new things, but those who live and breathe Visual Studio won't learn as much.

The content covers everything I can think of that a developer should know who makes their living in Visual Studio.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Visual Studio Tips & Tricks (for everyone) 6 Sep 2011
By Todd Anglin - Published on
Really, this book should have been titled "Visual Studio Tips & Tricks," because that's exactly what it is. And not just tips & tricks for people using the latest version of Visual Studio, but useful time saving shortcuts for developers "stuck" using VS 2005 and VS 2008.

Like Microsoft Office, Visual Studio is full of functionality that you easily overlook or forget about. Zain and Sara do a great job highlighting many of these hidden gems, introducing you to built-in tools and freely available extensions that are immediately useful for any kind of .NET development.

Want to know how you can more easily design and manage snippets?
Want to quickly repeat your last search operation with a single keystroke?
Want to spell check your code?!

It's all in this book (with 248 other useful tips). Great resource, even for experienced Visual Studio developers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 22 Sep 2011
By itsmatt - Published on
I definitely learned some things from Coding Faster and I thought the layout of the book was good. I received a review copy of this for O'Reilly's blogger program.

I wish this book spent a little time with unit testing and/or external application setup to support it in the Express SKUs. In my book unit testing is a huge productivity win, but I get that they mostly were focusing on how to do X or Y and not how to be a better programmer by adopting unit testing. Still, its in the Profession SKU and not mentioned.

A great tip that I didn't know - the CTRL key will make intellisense popups transparent - no need to ESCape the popup to see what's under it. Very cool.

If you're a seasoned pro, I'd skip the book but if you're learning, it's pretty good.
5.0 out of 5 stars So far this seems to be a good book 5 Jun 2013
By Susan Grafton - Published on
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I haven't gotten all the way through the book, but so far the book makes sense. We'll see what happens when the concepts are put into practice.
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