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Good but not 'professional'
on December 7, 2013
I can’t decide if this book was worth the cost. It is basically an introduction to Visual Studio. Most subjects are not covered in enough depth to be of any real use. That is not totally the author’s fault. Visual Studio and the .NET libraries are so complex (too much so in fact) that many topics are best covered by entire books. The most useful things in this book are the mentions of new features introduced with VS 2012 and review of those obscure features I’ve never noticed or bothered to learn about in the past. The trouble is, you pretty much have to read it cover-to-cover to discover such gems. If you are already familiar with Visual Studio, you’ll spend a lot of time skimming familiar topics looking for those details.
As others have noted, the type is small (probably necessary for such massive content). Far worse is the size of the figures illustrating screens, which are so small they are best viewed with a hand lens. Furthermore, a few figures are apparently not the ones described in the accompanying text. The grammar is places requires more than one reading and in a few spots is apparently just incorrect.
This book might prove useful as a reference for certain environment features but you can probably find that information in the Help system. It is not a good reference if you are looking for in-depth coverage of the programming languages or technologies supported by Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5.