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Archive for October, 2013

October 31, 2013

XAML: Intellisense for Resources

Filed under: C#,VB.NET,Visual Studio,XAML @ 10:30 am

Visual Studio 2013 now provides Intellisense for your XAML resources. If you code your XAML directly using the Code Editor you’ve seen the XAML Intellisense. Sure, it helps by giving you the list of element tags and the valid attributes of the type.  But in prior versions of Visual Studio, Intellisense was lacking in a […]

Visual Studio 2013: XAML Code Editing

Filed under: C#,VB.NET,Visual Studio,XAML @ 10:01 am

If you have done any coding with XAML, like me you have probably wished for some of the code editing features that all of the other languages have. Features like Intellisense and Go To Definition. With Visual Studio 2013 our wish has come true! These new XAML code editing features are so exciting its hard […]

October 30, 2013

My Latest Visual Studio Course

Filed under: Visual Studio @ 1:00 pm

My latest course: Mastering Visual Studio 2013 just made it to #19 out of over 1000 courses on Pluralsight! Mastering Visual Studio 2013 covers the newest features in Visual Studio including Peek Definition, XAML code editing enhancements, updated debugging features, and the awesome CodeLens. Enjoy!

October 27, 2013

Visual Studio 2013: Navigate To Improvements

Filed under: C#,VB.NET,Visual Studio @ 3:23 pm

An article I wrote on the improvements to the "Navigate To" (or Ctrl + Comma) feature in Visual Studio 2013 has been posted to the Microsoft MVP blog. You can check it out here. Enjoy! For more information on the many new Visual Studio 2013 features, check out my new Pluralsight course: Mastering Visual Studio […]

October 26, 2013

Visual Studio 2013: Move Lines

Filed under: C#,VB.NET,Visual Studio @ 9:52 am

Want the benefits of drag and drop without moving your hands from the keyboard? The Visual Studio 2013 code editor now has the ability to move lines within your code using the keyboard. The trick is the Alt key. When your cursor is anywhere within the line to move, press Alt + up/down arrow to […]

October 25, 2013

Who Moved My Cheese: RIA Services

Filed under: ASP.NET RIA Services,C#,Silverlight,VB.NET @ 9:22 am

WCF RIA Services was (past tense) an awesome technology that allowed developers to quickly and super easily build domain classes and WCF services for Silverlight applications. In VS 2012 (and VS 2010 SP1), you could use Add | New Item and get a template for a WCF RIA Domain Service Class. (If you are still […]

October 24, 2013

Visual Studio 2013: Options Dialog

Filed under: C#,VB.NET,Visual Studio @ 10:10 am

The Tools | Options feature has been around forever. But in Visual Studio 2013 it got a few enhancements. These enhancements are so helpful, that you won’t ever want to use an older Options dialog again! You can now search directly from the Options dialog. Well yea! Of course we should be able to do […]

October 17, 2013

Who Moved My Cheese: SQL Menu

Getting a new version of Visual Studio can be fun, especially when there are cool new features. But a new version can also be frustrating when original features are moved or unexpectedly changed. The first noticeable change is the Visual Studio menu. Visual Studio 2012 included a SQL menu (shown in red below) that provided […]

Visual Studio 2013: IDE and YOU

Filed under: C#,VB.NET,Visual Studio @ 4:13 pm

Haven’t *you* always wanted to be a part of Visual Studio? Now you are! Once you are logged in, Visual Studio displays your name in the upper right corner. Click on your name to display information about you such as your email address and Team Foundation Service (TFS) connection information.   Click Account settings.. to […]

Visual Studio 2013: IDE Notification Center

Filed under: C#,VB.NET,Visual Studio @ 3:31 pm

Visual Studio wants to keep you informed of important information, such as available Visual Studio updates, license expirations, or alerts. Prior versions of Visual Studio provided the notifications in a pop-up balloon that appeared in your Windows task bar. In Visual Studio 2012, the pop-up balloon appears and disappears so quickly, it is easy to […]

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