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ISBN-13: 978-0470548653 ISBN-10: 0470548657 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 1224 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470548657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470548653
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Create cutting-edge applications with Visual Studio 2010

The latest release of Visual Studio is loaded with exciting new features and this invaluable guide shows you how to use them. The unique author team examines the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and introduces the many new technologies on the .NET platform. You'll explore every facet of the IDE and discover where and how specific features are used. Each chapter clearly illustrates how you can apply various tools, commands, and shortcuts to get the most out of your next project. Packed with best practices and easy-to-follow steps, this book shows you how Visual Studio 2010 can make your life easier.

Professional Visual Studio 2010:

  • Walks you through all the new features of Visual Studio 2010

  • Demonstrates how to customize the IDE to meet your working needs

  • Shares techniques for building rich client applications

  • Uncovers tips for creating web applications with ASP.NET and Silverlight

  • Explains ways to configure and debug your applications for optimal performance

  • Reveals methods for customizing and extending Visual Studio 2010

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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About the Author

Nick Randolph is a Microsoft MVP, owns a mobile specialist development company, Built to Roam, and is an active blogger on the Professional Visual Studio web site (www.professionalvisualstudio.com).

David Gardner is the Chief Software Architect at Intilecta Corporation and a regular blogger on the Professional Visual Studio web site (www.professionalvisualstudio.com).

Michael Minutillo is a senior .NET developer for Beacon Technology Pty Ltd and currently leads the Perth ALT.NET user group.

Chris Anderson is a consultant who specializes in .NET programming.


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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jason Schluter on June 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've been using Visual Studio for development for as long as .NET has been around,
I've had no problem getting code written, compiled and debugged.

In the back of my mind I knew that Visual Studio had a heap of features and
would often see a presenter press a button here, or change a setting there,
and would think that one day I'll spend some time digging deeper into Visual Studio.

With the release of 2010, Visual Studio is bigger than ever, and I'm really glad that
I choose this book as my tour guide.

I was a bit arrogant to think that I could learn all the features of Visual Studio without
this book, it took 4 authors (and it's not a little book at all), to cover Visual Studio 2010.

Any full time developer who hasn't read a book on Visual Studio, now's about time you did,
and I recommend this tome(did I mention its not a little book?!).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John W. Peters on September 20, 2010
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Two huge learning curves await anyone that wants to know about MSFT's .NET framework 1) The Framework itself and 2) The tool to develop the applicaitons. Having spent lots of time learning just the framework (going back to version 1.0) I hadn't dug into the IDE much. I just downloaded the free versions of Visual Studio Express and dug in. Owning the current version of VS2010 Professional has changed that for me, and I figured I should "dig-in". This book is perfect for that.

There are 57 chapters in this book with almost 100% focus on Visual Studio. Very rarely does the book go into the Framework details other than to show you how to set up specific things within Visual Studio to go to next step. It's exactly the book you need if you are a good .NET programmer but want to take it to the next "Professional" level. By learning the internals of Visual Studio itself, you are destined to become a "Professional" .NET developer.

I highly recommend this one, as there wan't a single chapter in the entire book that didn't hold my interest to some degree.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By GiUmaTo on November 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
As shortly said in the title:
according to me this book offers a good (i.e. extended) coverage of the features offered by Visual Studio 2010, including the many new features in this 2010 version. There's plenty of features described, and as a professional you cannot go without at least knowing that they exist... You have to know well your main tool!
In the final chapters the book also gives an overview of so-called "Application Lifecycle Management" related features: check the other Visual Studio Wrox book on A.L.M. if you need a deeper description on those topics.
Maybe, in order to get the book done so quickly after VS2010 release, not everything has been thoroughly reviewed: and here's the bad part.
It happened many times to find broken/bugged code examples; code samples with missing bits or missing textual description; changes in subsequent versions of a code sample with misleading highlighted differences. The result is that sometimes you are left to wonder if it's you don't getting the meaning, or not coding it right, and wasting some time trying to fix it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donabed C. Kopoian on February 18, 2012
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I bought this book in the hopes that it would detail how to create C++ Windows Applications. Unfortunately, they mostly focus on C#, Visual Basic, and HTML. Even the Windows Applications chapter falls short, and mainly talks about forms and dialogue boxes. Actually, the book focused on about everything except C++ windows applications.

No talk about accelerators, using a menu or a ribbon and linking those to code, nothing.

The chapters that talk about project deployment will come in handy and are VERY detailed and helpful, including photos of dialogs that appear as you are clicking your way through deploying a project for installation on another computer. I just wished that there was at least a couple chapters dedicated to Windows Applications, as Visual Studio 2010 has several tools (including the ribbon) that are what I am looking for in terms of programming. Unfortunately the book falls short in that category.

Another chapter that will come in handy is deploying program updates and patches.

If you are looking to use Visual Studio 2010 for anything else, I would recommend this book. Otherwise, it is great to have around as a reference just in case I need it for other Visual Studio features, but in the meantime it is collecting dust.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on January 15, 2011
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I am a computer programming student and I have bought more than my fair share of required $100+ programming books and supplemental programming books that have been a hunk of junk. This is really a great book!! By page 100 I could tell this book would be by my side all the time while I am using Visual Studio 2010 both in academic and professional environments! Like others have said, this book is HUGE but it is packed with so much vital information. Hands down, Buy the book!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Murphy on July 20, 2012
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I bought this book after being tasked with upgrading some C++ code from VS .Net 2003 to 2010, and from XP to 64-bit Win7. Unfortunately, this book doesn't discuss native code generation at all. Only about 10% of the book is relevant to my project, namely some of the info about the IDE, and dealing with solutions and projects - and most of that, I already knew because it hasn't changed much since 2003. The other 90% of the book mainly deals with .NET/C#/VB issues, and appears to be very good if that's what you're doing.
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