Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Code Clone Analysis

In my travels across the country, with my fellow Evangelist, Clint Edmonson, talking about Visual Studio we often come across great stories to tell. One of our favorite true stories is of a customer that had a web application running very slow. We ran code metrics against it and, sure enough, the Page_Load event had…

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Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Quick Launch

In the past, finding things deep in the IDE has been a challenge. Visual Studio 2012 introduces search abilities at virtually every level of the product. Perhaps the biggest change is the introduction of Quick Launch (CTRL + Q) which specifically addresses how to dig inside Visual Studio to find features you need. Let’s take…

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Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Solution Explorer

I love the title of this one because I’m sure someone will read this and wonder why I think Solution Explorer is a “new” feature.  I mean, haven’t we had this sucker for a billion years?  Aren’t there cave drawings in France about this feature?  So why is it “new”?  Let me show you!  …

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Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Preview Tab

  Preview Tab Overview We all explore code and need to move quickly between files when examining code to get familiar with it or debugging or [insert file browsing scenario here]. In prior versions of Visual Studio you had to open a file to look at the contents which often resulted in many open files…

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Turn Off the Uppercase Menu in Visual Studio 2012

I’ve been seeing a ton of posts lately on this feature so thought I would share here as well.  I also like to give credit where credit is due so I did a search and it looks like the earliest mention of this ability is by Richard Banks in his post 6\1\2012 here:  http://www.richard-banks.org/2012/06/how-to-prevent-visual-studio-2012-all.html  If…

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Visual Studio Feature Packs

[Reader Note: It looks like the formatting is cutting off the table on my main blog page.  If you click on the link for the full story it will show in full.]   I was talking with a customer the other day that uses Visual Studio Ultimate for many of its developers and just happened to…

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Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Improving User Stories and Requirements with PowerPoint Storyboarding

For Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate users there is a great new add-in for PowerPoint that can really help you called the PowerPoint Storyboarding add-in.  Using this feature you can quickly draft an interface design and get stakeholder feedback.  Plus, since it’s PowerPoint, even stakeholders can change elements easily to show you what they really…

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Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Compatibility (aka Project Round-Tripping)

  Now that Visual Studio 2012 is pretty well baked I thought it would be good to start revisiting some of my favorite features again and introduce new ones.  Since project round-tripping is one of my most favorite features I thought we would start with it.    The Dark Ages In all prior incarnations of…

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Announcing the Release Candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5

  In case you haven’t heard Jason just announced the new RC is available: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jasonz/archive/2012/05/31/announcing-the-release-candidate-rc-of-visual-studio-2012-and-net-framework-4-5.aspx   You can download the bits here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/11/en-us/downloads   I’m on the road right now but more details to follow soon