Server Explorer: Server Management Classes

Keyboard:  CTRL + ALT + SMenu:  View -> Server ExplorerCommand:  View.ServerExplorerVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/31/2010Code:  vstipTool0123   Work with SharePoint?  Then make sure to check out the new SharePoint Developer Team Blog!   The Management Classes in Server Explorer give you a view into the system.  For example, you can use management classes to see network shares:   …

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Server Explorer: Server Event Logs

Keyboard:  CTRL + ALT + SMenu:  View -> Server ExplorerCommand:  View.ServerExplorerVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/30/2010Code:  vstipTool0122   Work with SharePoint?  Then make sure to check out the new SharePoint Developer Team Blog!    I think we take Server Explorer for granted for the most part.  It’s the tool window that we use for data connections (see vstipTool0121 http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/12/29/server-explorer-data-connections-vstiptool0121.aspx)…

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Server Explorer: Data Connections

Keyboard:  CTRL + ALT + SMenu:  View -> Server Explorer; Tools -> Connect to DatabaseCommand:  View.ServerExplorer; Tools.ConnecttoDatabaseVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/29/2010Code:  vstipTool0121   Work with SharePoint?  Then make sure to check out the new SharePoint Developer Team Blog!   Server Explorer is the server management tool window that comes with Visual Studio.  One of the things you can…

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Create Web Application or Virtual Directory in IIS

Keyboard:  SHIFT + ALT + NMenu:  File -> New Web SiteCommand:  File.NewWebSiteVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/28/2010Code:  vstipEnv0058   Did you know you can create Web Applications and Virtual Directories in IIS from inside Visual Studio?    Just go to File -> New Web Site and click on the Browse button:     Choose “Local IIS” and pick…

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Classic Online Help in Visual Studio

Keyboard:  CTRL + ALT + F1 (manage help); CTRL + F1 (view help)Menu:  Help -> Manage Help Settings; Help -> View HelpVersions:  2010Published:  12/27/2010Code:  vstipTool0120   Work with SharePoint?  Then make sure to check out the new SharePoint Developer Team Blog!   So,  I have to admit I don’t like the new online help in Visual Studio…

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Change CSS Formatting

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> CSS -> FormattingVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/26/2010Code:  vstipEdit0094   People are very picky about how their code is styled.  Fortunately, Visual Studio comes with the ability to format your CSS code the way you like it.  Just go to Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> CSS -> Formatting:…

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Choosing CSS Versions

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> HTML -> Validation (HTML Schema)Versions:  2008,2010Published:  12/25/2010Code:  vstipEdit0093         Dedicated Style Sheets When working with Cascading Style Sheets you often find yourself working with specific versions.  When you create a CSS file in Visual Studio:     You can choose what version you want…

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Go To Definition for CSS

Keyboard:  F12Command:  Edit.GoToDefinitionVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/24/2010Code:  vstipFind0021   Work with SharePoint?  Then make sure to check out the new SharePoint Developer Team Blog!   For those that are familiar with using “Go To Definition” in your code may not be aware that you can use the same technique on for class attributes to go to your CSS…

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Application and Page Level Tracing

Versions:  2008,2010Published:  12/23/2010Code:  vstipProj0030   Work with SharePoint?  Then make sure to check out the new SharePoint Developer Team Blog!   When debugging any project is is desirable to have as much information as possible to help deal with any issues.  Working with web projects is always a challenge no matter what IDE you use.  Fortunately,…

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Format HTML on Paste

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> HTML -> MiscellaneousVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/22/2010Code:  vstipEdit0092   Work with SharePoint?  Then make sure to check out the new SharePoint Developer Team Blog!   If you find yourself pasting unformatted HTML a lot then this one is for you!  Just go to Tools -> Options -> Text Editor ->…

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