On Vacation

Folks I will be on vacation until 8/5. See you all in a couple of weeks 🙂   p.s. Unfortunately I’m not going to the great place shown in the picture…

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Visual Studio 2013: Reference Highlighting

  This one is absolutely one of my favorite tips because you don’t have to do anything to make it happen!  By default in a code file in the editor, when you click a symbol, all instances of the symbol are automatically highlighted in the current document.  Highlighted symbols may include declarations and references, and…

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Visual Studio 2013: Quick Launch

In the past, finding things deep in the IDE has been a challenge. Visual Studio 2012 introduced Quick Launch (CTRL + Q) which specifically addresses how to dig inside Visual Studio to find features you need. Let’s take a look.   Quick Launch: Basic Use You can find Quick Launch in the upper right corner…

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Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Navigate To

You can use Navigate To to search for objects, definitions, or references (symbols) in a solution. If you happen to remember the old Navigate To dialog box then you know it was useful but blocked your view of the code:   The new Navigate To dialog is much less intrusive. Just press CTRL+,[comma] to see…

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Visual Studio 2013: Using Box Selection and Zero-Length Box Selection

This is a collection of about 4 or 5 tips I wrote on using Box Selection for my book a while back. I think a lot of folks don’t know all the great things you can do with with this feature because they just don’t think about it much.   What is Box Selection? The…

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Team Foundation Server 2013 Preview – Upgrade FAQ

For those that are installing TFS 2013, here is a FAQ from the team to help answer some common questions. The most notable is the Go Live license for this build. From http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2013/07/10/team-foundation-server-2013-preview-upgrade-faq.aspx [Note: I added some extra spacing but the emphasis is from the original post] === Now that the Preview has been out…

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InRelease for Visual Studio 2013 Preview Now Available

  In case you haven’t heard we acquired InCycle’s InRelease Business Unit. Here is information on InRelease from the website (http://www.incyclesoftware.com/inrelease/): === InRelease is a Continuous Delivery solution for .NET teams that automates the release process from Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) up to production for faster and simpler deliveries. With pre-defined release paths,…

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Visual Studio 2013: Organize Your Code with Named Regions

  This feature was first introduced in Visual Studio 2005 and, over the years, I’ve heard plenty of arguments for and against using it. Those “against” think this can be used as a crutch to hide bad code and not adhere to good coding techniques. Those “for” think this is a great way to organize…

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Visual Studio 2013: Drag and Drop Code Onto the Toolbox

This is another feature that has been around for a while but a lot of people don’t know about. Got code you use all the time?  Start using the Toolbox for more than just controls.  When you are in the Editor the Toolbox looks like this:   This is a vast expanse of opportunity!  Just…

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Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Peek Definition aka Go To Definition (Peek)

Traditionally when you want to view the definition of a method you place your cursor inside the call:   Then press F12 to go to the document where the definition exists:     Using Peek But what if you don’t want to leave your current location:   No problem! Just take advantage of the new…

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