Visual Studio Hacks Book

Today James Avery announced that his book, Visual Studio Hacks, will be published by O'Reilly and available in February or March.  

"I can finally announce the book I have been working on for so long. The book is called Visual Studio Hacks and is being published by O'Reilly. You are probably familiar with the hacks series of books by now, but if not they are a collection of 100 different tips, tricks, or tools. For this book that includes everything from how to get the most out of Intellisense to identifying various add-ins that enrich the Visual Studio experience. The book can already be pre-ordered on Amazon, but it wont be out for a couple months. (Amazon say end of Feb, but my bet is March) "

I've had an opportunity to help James by reviewing some of the chapters.  I assume I was picked because I was the IDE test lead for a while and also led an effort to publish some of my own Powertoys/Hacks.  I was unfortunately not able to contribute a forward to the book, and I'll likely regret that since I think the book will be fantastic. It is a great practical companion to the more "How To" focused books like "Inside Microsoft Visual Studio". I wasn't the only one who contributed from MS.  I only hope we were helpfull...

"I worked alot with folks from Microsoft, and plan about blogging about that too. (Josh Ledgard is the man)" - No problem James!. 🙂

The book also proved something I already believed having run the Powertoys blog for a while. There is a great community of people out there dedicated to improving and extending the Visual Studio platform.  Some of them are VSIP partners, but many of them are simply regular developers who have an itch to create a tool or feature that didn't exist yet.  Internally I describe this community as having the ability to transform VS into a "living application" and a few of them get some much needed recognition through this book. As James says:

"One of the biggest surprises for me while writing this book was the incredible number of great developers and writers who agreed to contribute hacks to this book. Here is a quick list of everyone who contributed to this book..." (read more)

I can't wait to see what sort of companion site he sets up to go along with the book. Great work James!

Comments (5)
  1. James Avery says:

    Thanks for all your help and insight with the book, you were a huge help and I really appreciate all the work you did. I had a great experience with MS and plan on blogging all about it. 🙂

    I have tons of plans for the companion site, I think it could turn out very nice if I get every done that I have planned.

  2. steven vore says:

    Josh, according to one Amazon customer’s comments on _Inside Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003_,

    ”The title of this book should have been ".NET Add-in’s and Macros" instead of "Inside Visual Studio .NET". I wonder how many people have been misled thinking they were getting a book on how to use the IDE.”

    Is there a "Dao of VS.NET and its IDE" book you’d recommend to hobbiest-programmers who’re coming to VS.NET from Emacs, notepad, etc.?

  3. You guys should also check out "Visual Studio .NET Tips and Tricks" by Minh T. Nguyen, which has been out for a while now:

    (Or get it off

    That’s what you probably are looking for, Steve.


  4. steven vore says:

    thanks, Derril, I’ll give it a look. So far everything I’d seen has been either "here’s what a loop looks like" or "internals of the runtime" 🙂

  5. It’s sad. It’s depressing really, that some prophecies have the ability to be self fulfilling if people…

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