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  1. DEV319 Visual Studio Tips & Tricks Dustin Campbell (@DCampbell) Microsoft Corporation Scott Cate (@ScottCate)EventDay.com

  2. Why Are You Here? • Get the most out of Visual Studio 2010 • Better / Faster / Code Tricks / Fun Facts / Bets with Friends • Everyone will learn something • If one tip saves one minute per hour • Do some fuzzy math and … • Every tip will save you 1 year of coding

  3. Lay of the Land • We’re gonna go fast, but shortcuts are in the slides • We’re using Visual Studio 2012 RC • Many tips are relevant to earlier versions of Visual Studio • Visual Studio version “legend”: • [05] Visual Studio 2005 • [08] Visual Studio 2008 • [10] Visual Studio 2010 • [10PPT] Visual Studio 2010 + Pro Power Tools • [12] Visual Studio 2012 • We’re using the Visual C# key bindings

  4. Start Page • Show page on startup [10] • Close page after project load [10] • Pin or remove items in “Recent” list [10] • Windows 7 and 8 Taskbar Magic • Pin recent projects [10] • Show Jump List (Win+Alt + n) • Start new instance (Win+Shift + n) • Start new instance as admin (Win+Shift+Ctrl + n) • Toggle instances (Win + n) • Toggle instances (without Aero Peek)(Win+Ctrl+ n)

  5. Simplification • UX Refresh [12] • Light/dark themes [12] • Toolbar simplification [12]

  6. Window and Document Management • Pinned document tabs [10PPT] • Move/Dock in Windows 7 and 8 (Win + <arrow key>) • Float/Dock in Visual Studio [10PPT](Ctrl + Double Click) • Preview Tab [12] • Split or create new window [05] [12.VB] • Close All Documents [12] • Close All Documents but Pinned [12] • Close All Documents but This [10] • Cycle Tool Windows [05](ALT + F6)

  7. Search • Quick Launch [10PPT](Ctrl + Q) • Use @ prefix to filter search (e.g. @opt) • Visual Studio Windows • Solution Explorer [10PPT](Ctrl + ;) • Team Explorer [12](Ctrl + ') • Error List [12] • Toolbox [12] • Reference Manager [10PPT](Ctrl + E) • New Project/File [10](Ctrl + E) • Find Results [12]

  8. Solution Explorer • Drill down into types and members [10PPT] • Multi-instancing [10PPT] • Pivots [10PPT] • Collapse projects [12] • Track Active Item in Solution Explorer [08] • Sync to Active Document [12](Ctrl + [, S) • Filters [12] • Pending Changes (Ctrl + [, P) • Open Files (Ctrl + [, O)

  9. Navigation • Simplified Navigation [05](Ctrl + - andCtrl+Shift + -) • Go to Definition [05](F12) • Go to Definition Stack [05.C#](Ctrl+Shift+ 7/8) • Find All References [05](Shift + F12) • Metadata as Source [05](C# only) • Code Definition Window [05](C# only) • Iterate List Window (e.g. Find Results) [05](F8) • Navigate To [10](Ctrl + ,) • Activate Open File [05](Ctrl + Alt + Down)

  10. Code Editor Tricks • Zoom [10](Ctrl+Shift + </> orCtrl + Mouse Scroll) • Multiline Editing [10](Alt+Shift + Up/Down orAlt + Mouse Up/Down) • Find [10PPT](Ctrl + F) • Highlight References [10](Ctrl+Shift + Up/Down) • Background Error Squiggles [05.VB] [08.C#] • Call Hierarchy [05.C++] [10.C#] [12.VB](Ctrl + K, T) • Clipboard Ring [05](Ctrl+Shift+ V)

  11. Writing Code • IntelliSense • Filtering [10](Substring and Camel Case) • Suggestion mode [10](Ctrl+Alt + Space) • Undeclared types after “new” [10](C# only) • Smart Tags [05](Ctrl + .) • Rename [05] • Generate from Usage [10] • Add Using/Import [05.C#] [08.VB] • Error Corrections [05.VB]

  12. Writing Code, part 2 • Code Snippets [05] • IntelliSense Expansion (Double <tab>) • Insert Snippet (Ctrl + K, X and ?<tab> in VB) • Show/Hide Snippet Highlights [08.VB] • Organize/Sort Usings[08.C#] [10PPT.VB]

  13. Debugging • IntelliTrace™ – Back in Time [10] • Breakpoint Name / Group [On|Off] / Export / Import [10] • Trace Points [05] • DataTips [05] • Pin and Persist DataTips [10] • Adjust DataTip Transparency [05] (Ctrl) • Debugger Visualizers [05] • Run to Cursor [05](Ctrl + F10) • Step Into Specific [08](Shift+Alt + F11) • Break when this exception type is thrown [12]

  14. Extending Visual Studio 2010 • Extension Manager • Online Gallery • Easy to Enable/Disable • Safe Mode (run without extensions) • Devenv.exe /SafeMode • Popular Extensions • Nuget • Pro Power Tools • Power Commands

  15. Architecture Diagrams • New Modeling Project • Diagrams *.dgml • Sequence Diagrams • Layer Diagrams

  16. Scott’s Favorites • Temporary Projects • Open Containing Folder (File.OpenContainingFolder) • Attach to Process (Ctrl+Alt + P) • Go to Brace/Sibling (Ctrl + ]) • With Select (Ctrl + Shift+ ]) • Scroll Editor (Ctrl + Up/Down Arrow)

  17. DEV Track Resources • Visual Studio Home Page :: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us • Somasegar’s Blog :: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/ • Jason Zander’s Blog :: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jasonz/ • Facebook :: http://www.facebook.com/visualstudio • Twitter :: http://twitter.com/#!/visualstudio

  18. Resources Learning TechNet • Connect. Share. Discuss. • Microsoft Certification & Training Resources http://northamerica.msteched.com www.microsoft.com/learning • Resources for IT Professionals • Resources for Developers http://microsoft.com/technet http://microsoft.com/msdn

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