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Microsoft Visual Studio Tips Paperback – October 27, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0735626409 ISBN-10: 0735626405 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626409
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,453,768 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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Sara Ford worked at Microsoft for 9 years, where she worked as a developer on the Visual Studio team and was responsible for CodePlex.com, Microsoft's open source project hosting site. She ran the popular Visual Studio Tip of the Day series on her Microsoft blog.

Sara donated all her author royalties to start a scholarship fund designed for Hurricane Katrina survivors of her hometown Waveland, Miss. to attend the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Tipton on October 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
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.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By PrettyField on April 21, 2009
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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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Uncaged on November 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ross Mason on April 12, 2009
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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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Woodruff on October 24, 2008
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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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By Susan Grafton on June 5, 2013
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the tips are extremely helpful. Easy to read! With practice the tips become second nature, replacing time consuming bad habits.
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I read Sara's Blog for a long time now. There I saw that she has written a book with all her most userful tip I bought it.
The book covers useful tips, Keycodes and many shortcuts for the dayly developer which make the code-handling more efficent.

VB.NET or C# doesnt matter, most tips are for booth Coders.

For the daily professional developer the book is a must-have.

regards from Germany
Thorsten
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This books rocks but it is very small. I saw it at Borders running for a little bit more then Amazon. I sat and almost read the whole thing while I was at Borders. Great book, but it really should be a little bit less.
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