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Tips and Tricks for Using Visual Studio.Net Effectively


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  • 1. Microsoft Visual Studio.Net Tips and Tricks to save you 10 minutes a day Wei Li 09/2006
  • 2. If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, Id spend six sharpening my axe - Abraham Lincoln
  • 3. What do you want most froman IDE?It is just me - Assist me write good (hopefully) code fast and happily
  • 4. Let us make a great IDEbetterLaunch VS.NET quicklyOrganize views and windowsChoose color scheme and fontMaster some shortcutsDo not repeat yourself using macrosExtend VS.NET using addinsUse command window
  • 5. First thing first – save time onstart upSay NO to the start page
  • 6. Choose the right start upoption Show Start Page Load last loaded solution Show Open Project dialog box Show New Project dialog box Show Empty environment
  • 7. Suppress the splash pageIt probably does not bring you anything good
  • 8. Suppress the splash page
  • 9. Start VS.NET from commandpromptC:> devenv /nosplash c:weicsharpproj1proj1.sln c:weicsharpproj1Prerequisite Put C:Program FilesMicrosoft Visual Studio .NET C: Files 2003Common7IDE into your path 2003Common7IDE
  • 10. Set the path
  • 11. Litter your desktop with asolution shortcutDouble click it to open the solution
  • 12. A little more about workingwith command promptC:>devenv /?C:>devenv c:weitrialcsharpunit_testunit_test.sln/build DEBUGWhy? Automation and continuous integration
  • 13. Views, windows, layoutsSolution ViewProperty ViewServer View…Debug WindowOutput WindowTask List Window…Oh My!
  • 14. Less is moreEver tried Alt + Shift + Enter?
  • 15. Organize the views andwindowsMake views/windows auto-hideBring them back with shortcuts and command window aliases only when they are needed
  • 16. Link file under editing tosolution explorer
  • 17. Link file under editing tosolution explorer
  • 18. Disable the navigation bar
  • 19. Little thing countsAdd guide lines to Visual Studio.Net Text EditorSubtle effect: do not write a line which is too long
  • 20. Add guide lines to Visual Studio.NetText EditorOpen regedit HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftVisualStudio<7.1>Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftVisualStudio<7.1>Text EditorRight-click on the Text Editor key and choose New String Value and name it "Guides"Set the value of the guides to RGB(92, 46, 46) 80, 100
  • 21. Text editor color schemeCustomize a combination which is best for your eyes
  • 22. Anyone likes the dark side ofVisual Studio.Net? Studio.Net?
  • 23. Text editor color schemesample Source:
  • 24. Text editor color scheme sampleSource:
  • 25. Text editor color scheme sampleSource:
  • 26. Font for text editorChoose a font that works best for your eyes
  • 27. Font size for text editorChoose a font size - I choose a larger font size 14.Why?• Good for my eyes• Seeing a lot less code in the editor at a time helps write better code. You naturally want see a whole method in one go. Seeing less code has the subtle effect of writing shorter and cleaner method.
  • 28. ShortcutsTons of themLots of them you never useLots of them you do not careMaster 10 – 15 killers that you use all the time
  • 29. ShortcutsCtrl + Space Complete the current word or shows all available methods and properties for a classCtrl + Shift + Space Show the parameter information when the cursor is inside method parentheses
  • 30. ShortcutsCtrl + K Ctrl + I Show a quick description about whatever object the cursor is currently resting on
  • 31. ShortcutsCtrl + M + O Fold all codeCtrl + M + P Expand all folds
  • 32. ShortcutsCtrl+K Ctrl+C Comment out the selected code areaCtrl+K Ctrl+U Uncomment the selected code areaCtrl+K Ctrl+F Format selected code area
  • 33. ShortcutsF7 Code viewShift + F7 Design view
  • 34. ShortcutsF8 Next item in the task list or search results.Killer usage: Search for something in the whole solution From command window: grep “wordtosearch” Then hit F8 for the results
  • 35. ShortcutsF12 Go to definitionShift + F12 Go to reference
  • 36. ShortcutsCtrl + F FindCtrl + Shift + F Find in files
  • 37. ShortcutsF5 Start with debuggerCtrl + F5 Start without debuggerF10 Step overF11 Step into
  • 38. ShortcutsEsc Set the focus back to code view (editor)Ctrl + Tab Go to the next opened file in the text editor
  • 39. And do not forgetCtrl + S Save the current file Not just for VS.NETCtrl + Shift + S Save all modified files
  • 40. And do not forgetShift + F10 = right click Bring up context menu It works not only for VS.NET
  • 41. Create your own shortcutsTools->Options->Environment->KeyboardTools->Options->Environment-
  • 42. My customized shortcutsalt + s Solution vieweralt + c Class vieweralt + p Property Vieweralt + f Find Filealt + o Opened filealt + a All members of the filealt + m Methods of a filealt + v Pending checkingalt + r Output vieweralt + t Options windowalt + h View history of the file under editing
  • 43. ShortcutsList all shortcuts and print it out for referenceUse a macro available here:
  • 44. MacrosA series of commands and instructions grouped togetherAutomate repetitive actions
  • 45. MacrosCreate a macroRun a macroEdit a macro
  • 46. MacrosAssign shortcut to a macro
  • 47. MacrosCreate a command alias for a macro
  • 48. AddinsAll killers no fillers
  • 49. VSFileFinder2003Find files quickly in large solution with many projectsFreely available from: http://zero-one-A must
  • 50. VSFileFinder2003
  • 51. USysWare DPackCode browseFile browseSolution browseFreely available from:
  • 52. USysWare DPack
  • 53. USysWare DPack
  • 54. USysWare DPack
  • 55. USysWare DPack
  • 56. QuickCode .NETWrite code for youGive you more time to code other things that you really want to spend time onAvailable from:
  • 57. QuickCode .NET
  • 58. QuickCode .NET
  • 59. QuickCode .NET - Demowritemainforprivate fieldcomments (div, ///)create NUnit test class
  • 60. TestDriven.NETIntegrate NUnit to Visual Studio.NETQuick DemoWill be covered in another talk
  • 61. SolventRecursive Expand/ContractOpen All Sub ItemsOpen Containing Folder In Windows ExplorerCommand Prompt Here
  • 62. VIEMUvi-vim emulation for Microsoft Visual StudioVi/Vim is an text editor which allows you to edit code quicklyNot a freewareNot for everyone due to its key binding
  • 63. VIEMU - Demo h j k l - move around quickly gg - go to the beginning of a file G - go to the end of a file :15 - go to line 15 yy - copy a line p - paste :w - save the file :q - close a file :qa - close all files :prb - build the project
  • 64. AddinsBring up addins using shortcuts and command aliasesThis makes addins really powerful
  • 65. Command windowThe hidden treasure of VS.NETCan be used to do pretty much everythingMy control center for VS.NET
  • 66. Command windowWhat can you do from command window?Bring up views, windowsBuild project and solutionSearch for something…You name it
  • 67. Command window - DemoImportant: create a shortcut to bring up command windows firstMine is alt + w
  • 68. Command windowCreate alias
  • 69. Command windowList all aliases
  • 70. Questions?
  • 71. My question to youWhat shortcuts, tips and tricks you use all the time?
  • 72. Being productiveTools matter but it is not only about tools. It is about a mind set.Nobody has time for it. Make it. Dig it.It pays off.
  • 73. If you save 10 minutes a dayIs it a big deal?Let us do the math:10 (minutes/day) * 300 (days) = 3,000 minutes = 50 hours = One whole weekPlus, chances are you will save more than 10 minutes a day!Plus, you now can code in a better mental mood ☺