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Microsoft® Visual Studio® Tips: 251 Ways to Improve Your Productivity (PRO-Developer) [Paperback]

Sara Ford
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30 Oct 2008 0735626405 978-0735626409 1

Unlock the secrets of Visual Studio—learning hundreds of tips and shortcuts for optimizing the editor, search, navigation, windows layouts, and other capabilities. As a member of the Visual Studio Core Team, the author analyzed nearly every feature in the core environment—unearthing the tips and tweaks that streamline work and maximize efficiency. Get practical insights into how IDE features work, and how to quickly adapt them for any programming language.

Accelerate your productivity with Sara’s Top Six Tips—and hundreds more:

  • Avoid accidentally copying blank lines
  • Select only vertical columns of code
  • Cycle through the clipboard to paste multiple elements
  • Use incremental search to find what you are typing
  • Increase your overall environment font size
  • Use tracepoints to log the contents of a variable

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (30 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626409
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 18.3 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 925,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Sara Ford is the Senior Product and Community Manager at Black Duck Software for Ohloh.net, 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 CodePlex.com, 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 (http://www.mgccc.edu/news/book_raises_​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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book is unlike most programming books I have read in the past as it purely deals with features of Visual Studio rather than teaching you a particular new language or feature of .Net itself.

Whilst it reveals its source material from Saras blog postings a few times with repetitive asides I would recommend it as:

1) you will definitely learn something from it that will help you if you use Visual Studio day in day out.

2) It also offers an insight into the effort put in by Microsoft for usability and testing that can help you improve your own systems, especially showcasing how power users can gain tremendously from features that will have no impact on occassional users.

I have certainly learnt a few things from it both about usability and Visual Studio itself, despite having used Visual Studio since V5.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book on the Visual Studio IDE 28 Oct 2008
By R. Tipton - Published on Amazon.com
I pre-ordered the this book back in August and I have to say this is the best book on the Visual Studio IDE that I have ever run across. It is a great collection of tips taken from Sara Ford's ever-popular Visual Studio Tip of the Day. I really like the "Sara Aside" sections where extra insight is given about the tip.

There are tips for (but not limited to) the following -

* Dealing with the editor
* Searching files
* Development environment
* Debugging
* Design time tools

If you have to spend any amount of time in Visual Studio then this book is definitely worth the money as I will be referring back to it time and time again. I am also recommending it at my office. Especially for beginners to .NET.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A lot of folksy blog for very little useful content 21 April 2009
By PrettyField - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this book was really going to help me learn important tricks to make Visual Studio use more productive, but I was pretty disappointed. There are a lot of tips, for sure, mostly having to do with arcane keyboard shortcuts. There were several which were absolute gold, but most of them did little for me, and the truly great tips were so buried in the clutter, they were hard to find. Perhaps a tip rating system (5 star tips vs 1 star tips) might have helped. The worst thing was that there were these constant blog-like entries which provided no content whatsoever; I especially grew to dislike the "I'm not sure what good this tip is, but you can also do this..." gibberish. I realize that's because the book contents were taken from the author's blog, but it makes for a really poor book-reading experience. It seemed hastily put-together and poorly edited. I wasn't looking for a terse academic treatise, but I really disliked the blog delivery. It was all "ah, heck" folksy attempt with very little content per page.

90% of all Microsoft Press books are really good; I was disappointed to find that this book is clearly in the 10% which are not. I strongly urge Microsoft not to permit this kind of watered-down content in future MP books, and I urge readers to look for something better.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 30 Nov 2008
By Uncaged - Published on Amazon.com
Valuable information for all developers. The book is pretty well organized, and I like all the screen shots, although in some shots of mouse hovers, I would have preferred if a transparent arrow cursor image had been pasted on the screen shot for clarity.

Personally, I could have done without all of the superfluous anecdotes about the author's experiences as a tester, but I suppose that some would prefer the added levity and blog-like delivery.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew the IDE was so feature rich 12 April 2009
By Ross Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Scott Mitchell of MSDN turned me on to this book, Visual Studio Tips. It came in this morning and I have spent the rest of the day going through it. It is outstanding. Who knew the IDE was so feature rich. Most of the code I write today is in Visual studio. The tips in Sara's book have opened up a whole new world of efficiency for me.
My Top Five Tips from Sara Ford
5) Tip 3.1 Incremental searches
4) Tip 2.29 Bookmark all Quick Find results, However I wish it would bookmark all my quick replacements so I could review them to make sure I didn't replace something wrong.
3) Tip 4.7 Ctrl-Tab through open files
2) Tip 4.3/4.4 copy a files full path and open the explore to the active file folder
1) Tip 2.40 Tab Tab to insert Snippets
I recommend this book to anyone who codes in the Visual Studio.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book to unlock the secrets of Visual Studio IDE 24 Oct 2008
By Christopher Woodruff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been following Sara's blog [...] for a long time and recently discovered that she was making book that covered all the things that most developers do not know or have forgotten when using the Visual Studio 2005/2008 IDE. I pre-ordered the book and I am amazed by not only the content but also by the organization of the book. The author has done a great job of organizing the Visual Studio tips so that the reader can find the area and then either read all the tips or browse through the table of contents to find what they are looking for. I spent an hour last night looking at tips that I know will make me more productive when developing software with Visual Studio.
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