Visual Studio Condensed

For Visual Studio 2013 Express, Professional, Premium and Ultimate Editions

By Patrick Desjardins

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Visual Studio is one of the most sophisticated integrated development environments in the world today. With hundreds of features and several different editions available, it can be hard to learn your way around, and hard to know whether you're using it to its full potential. Visual Studio Condensed gives you a quick and systematic guide to the features that matter most for your productivity, tagged clearly by edition and user level.

Full Description

  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-6824-6
  • 240 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Publishing September 3, 2014, but available now as part of the Alpha Program
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
  • Print Book Price: $29.99
  • eBook Price: $20.99

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Full Description

Visual Studio 2013 is one of the most sophisticated integrated development environments in the world today. With hundreds of features and several different editions available, it can be hard to learn your way around, and hard to know whether you're using it to its full potential. Visual Studio Condensed gives you a quick and systematic guide to the features that matter most, tagged clearly according to their availability.

The book starts by familiarizing you with the main features of Visual Studio and how to configure the user interface depending on your needs. You'll then dive into each key developer tool in turn, starting with the editor window and going through the navigation pane, documentation, and the NuGet package manager. Debugging is a difficult skill to master with a range of approaches and tools at your disposal, so you'll see how to make best use of breakpoints, the debugging windows, tracing and managed memory analysis, as well as tips and tricks on advanced debugging techniques that can make a real difference to your productivity.

Visual Studio 2013 comes with sophisticated code improvement tools. You can visualize relationships in your code with the Code Map feature, find duplicated code to maximize your code reuse, and use Visual Studio's inbuilt list of metrics to figure out just how healthy your code is and how difficult or easy it will be to maintain. Testing is also made easy with unit testing and web performance tests as well as a Test Manager to organize your tests into test plans and suites. The final chapters of the book cover team work with Team Foundation Server, framework-specific features, and how to build your own Visual Studio extensions.

Visual Studio Condensed is the ideal manual for busy developers who just want to get on with what matters: writing code. Whether you're new to Visual Studio or brushing up on the latest features, this book will get you up to speed in no time.

What you’ll learn

  • Know your way around the most important features of Visual Studio and how to use them productively
  • Master debugging techniques using the full range of available tools, from breakpoints to IntelliTrace
  • Make best use of Team Foundation Integration within Visual Studio
  • Expand your code editing skills
  • Create your own Visual Studio extensions
  • Test your applications, including unit testing and web performance testing

Who this book is for

Visual Studio Condensed is for developers who want a quick and reliable way to master the important parts of Visual Studio without wading through a comprehensive manual. Beginners will find this a perfect overview of what Visual Studio can do and how to get to grips with it quickly, while more experienced developers will find this a handy guide to the latest features and their availability, as well as tips and tricks to make sure they're using this product to its potential.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introducing Visual Studio

Chapter 2. Configuring Visual Studio

Chapter 3. Development Tools

Chapter 4. Debugging

Chapter 5. Code Improvement Tools

Chapter 6. Testing Your Applications

Chapter 7. Teamwork with Visual Studio

Chapter 8. Framework-specific Features

Chapter 9. Extending Visual Studio

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