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Coding Faster: Getting More Productive with Microsoft Visual Studio (Developer Reference) [Paperback]

Sara Ford , Zain Naboulsi
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Book Description

September 3, 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

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About the Author

Zain Naboulsi is a Senior Developer Evangelist at Microsoft®.  For over 15 years Zain has been working with the latest Microsoft technologies. He's been a consultant and trainer since 1995. He currently runs the Visual Studio Tips and Tricks blog. Also, he created Online Community Evangelism; which is an effort to build communities in virtual places like LinkedIn, Facebook, and elsewhere. He is not only a proponent of the community aspect of online environments but also is a supporter of the myriad business applications that these new mediums offer.

Zain's efforts have been featured by eWeek, Redmond Developer News, and many others. He has been interviewed by Forrester Research, Gartner, and the Science Channel for his work. He is a frequent speaker at events in LinkedIn, Facebook, and other online venues. Zain also lectures world-wide on a variety of developer 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 site for Microsoft. She started her career as a software tester on Visual Studio, a software development environment, where she drove the effort to make it possible for developers who are blind or have low-vision be able to write software applications.

Sara is the author of the award-winning Visual Studio Tips: 251 Ways to Improve Your Productivity, published by Microsoft Press, where she donates all her author royalties to a scholarship fund designed for residents of her hometown Waveland, Miss. to attend the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (September 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735649928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735649927
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 7.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reference manual for using Visual Studio October 6, 2011
(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.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners... September 5, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great September 21, 2011
By itsmatt
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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visual Studio Tips & Tricks (for everyone) September 6, 2011
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So far this seems to be a good book June 5, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Visual Studio Users January 8, 2013
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Especially useful for regular VS users. Some real good info in here. Explains several things about the IDE that MS does not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Design Faster, Code Faster, Debug Faster!!! September 20, 2011
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"Coding Faster: Getting More Productive with Microsoft Visual Studio" is filled with great ways to improve your productivity! I learned dozens of ways to speed up my development time, I lost count before the end of the second chapter!

"Coding Faster" has a great level of detail, yet is still very approachable. (my 9 year old just started reading it because she loves shortcuts). One of my favorite features is the "Understanding ____" topics. Zain Naboulsi did an excellent job of capturing not just how the tools work, but how you should use them.

Beginners will learn so many important topics and tips. Intermediates and Experts will find numerous ways to work even faster (and who doesn't want to work faster?)!!!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who uses Visual Studio!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Supporting a niece
Got this because my niece is the co-author. Don't understand this stuff at all - just giving my 'support' to her!
Published 19 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Coding Faster
We will never be rid of code, because code represents the details of the requirements. At some level those details cannot be ignored or abstracted; they have to be specified. Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by Roshan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, great price!
I've been working with Visual Studio for over a decade. This was definitely a great book to read especially given it makes learning the basics much more interesting and fun. Read more
Published on November 1, 2011 by Randy Pagels
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the productive coder bookshelve
I just got done reading and I have to say that I am impressed. Great content, good examples, and well written throughout. The book moves very well from technique to technique. Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by Liles Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Tip Tip Hurray
Zain and Sara give an excellent overview of the tips of utilizing Visual Studio to it's potential. If you'd like to know how to make excellent use of faster programming, this is a... Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by Randy Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with Annoying, Useless Filler about Visual Studio 2005, 2008...
I liked the previous edition. If they updated it for VS2010, it would've been a good book. But whoever convinced the authors to pad each shortcut description with the key combo to... Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by A. Avrashow
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