Visual Studio Time Saver – How can I keep track of unfinished code?


Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio. Today’s tip: tracking your to do list of unfinished code
When we write code, its rare that we sit down and code a single module from start to finish. Typically, we work on multiple pieces of an application at the same time: CSS files, code behind pages, HTML code, an assortment of classes managing data access or business rules and validation. You code a class, but,  leave a couple of functions incomplete because you are missing information or need to wait for another programmer to finish their code. You make a note to come back later and update the code. I used to put in comments with the string “XXXXXXXXX” anywhere I needed to go back and modify or complete unfinished code. Then I would search for the string “XXXXXXXXX” to go back and fix those bits of code. Not a very elegant method to track unfinished code, but it did the job. There is a much cleaner way to track your unfinished code. Check out this little video on the Task List Window in Visual Studio to find out:

 

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Comments (4)

  1. PaulTDessci says:

    I would love to watch this video full-screen but the full-screen button doesn't seem to work in any browser I've tried: IE and Firefox. I also couldn't find it on Channel 9. Is it available anywhere else?

  2. Susan Ibach says:

    Hi Paul, I do publish the videos to my Youtube as well http://www.youtube.com/watch (search for my twitter handle, hockeygeekgirl on Youtube)

  3. Tadit Dash says:

    Really cool feature. Thanks for sharing Susan. 🙂

  4. Susan Ibach says:

    Thank you Tadit, if you find any cool little tricks in Visual Studio, pass them along!

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