Episode 21 of Visual Studio Toolbox (Training Courses and Kits) is now live

In this short episode to end the year, I highlight the Online Training Courses and Offline Training Kits I and my DPE colleagues produce. I focus on two that I own—one for Visual Studio 2010 and one for Visual Studio 11—and show that you can review the training course material online at MSDN as well as download…

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Episode 20 of Visual Studio Toolbox (Performance Profiling) is now live

In this episode, I show how to use the profiling tools in Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate to identify performance issues in your applications. You’ll see two profiling methods: Sampling and Instrumentation. Sampling collects data on the CPU methods are using. Instrumentation collects data on how much time each method takes to run. Once you know…

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Episode 19 of Visual Studio Toolbox (Project Compatibility in Visual Studio 11) is now live

Backward compatibility of projects and solutions has always been a tricky issue for developers. Previously, if you built a solution in Visual Studio 2008 and opened it in Visual Studio 2010, you were presented with the Visual Studio Conversion Wizard. After running the Wizard, you could open your project in Visual Studio 2010, but you…

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Episode 18 of Visual Studio Toolbox (Telerik JustCode) is now live

There are a number of third-party vendors providing tools you can use to enhance your productivity when developing with Visual Studio. Recently, I sat down with three of them: DevExpress (makers of CodeRush), JetBrains (makers of ReSharper), and Telerik (makers of JustCode). Each had 20 minutes to show how their product can help you write…

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Episode 17 of Visual Studio Toolbox (JetBrains ReSharper) is now live

There are a number of third-party vendors providing tools you can use to enhance your productivity when developing with Visual Studio. Recently, I sat down with three of them: DevExpress (makers of CodeRush), JetBrains (makers of ReSharper), and Telerik (makers of JustCode). Each had 20 minutes to show how their product can help you write…

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Episode 16 of Visual Studio Toolbox (DevExpress CodeRush) is now live

There are a number of third-party vendors providing tools you can use to enhance your productivity when developing with Visual Studio. Recently, I sat down with three of them: DevExpress (makers of CodeRush), JetBrains (makers of ReSharper), and Telerik (makers of JustCode). Each had 20 minutes to show how their product can help you write…

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Episode 15 of Visual Studio Toolbox (Analyzing Your Code) is now live

In this episode, I look at how you can analyze your code to see if it meets coding standards. Standards are made up of rules and Visual Studio includes about 200 rules organized into rule sets. If you are using Visual Studio Premium or Ultimate, you can use the managed code analysis tool to check…

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Episode 14 of Visual Studio Toolbox (Building Extensions with CodeRush) is now live

In this episode I am joined by Mark Miller (live in the studio) and Rory Becker (live via GoToMeeting) of DevExpress. They build a plug-in that enforces naming conventions. We use the GizmoBall solution that I used in the first two episodes of Visual Studio Toolbox. GizmoBall has some methods and public fields that start…

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Episode 13 of Visual Studio Toolbox (Customizing the Visual Studio Start Page) is now live

In this episode, I review the Visual Studio Start page, showing how to configure it so that it automatically appears (or doesn’t) as well as how to customize the RSS feed that appears on the Latest News tab. Since the Start page is XAML and can be customized, I show that you can download customized…

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Episode 12 of Visual Studio Toolbox (Using LINQ to XML to Write XML) is now live

Previously on Visual Studio Toolbox, I showed how to use LINQ to XML to query data from Web sites. In this episode, I show how to use LINQ to XML to write XML. I start with a simple example that stores personal settings in an XML file, and then retrieves wines from Wine.com and writes…

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