Unit Testing, Agile Development, Leadership & .NET - By Roy Osherove
One of the first things I do after installing Visual Studio is unbind the F1 key :)
hehe - so true. I lost count of the times I mistakenly hit F1, and then had to get coffee before it even loaded the help app, let alone allowed me to search.
If you google your search term and add 'MSDN' on the end (or do an MSDN site search e.g. 'site:MSDN.microsoft.com system.object' you hit the spot in the majority of cases - relieving that sinking feeling yet more :)
It's been years since I've bothered to install msdn documentation. I find going to your fav search engine and typing "msdn ClassName" returns me the class page as the first entry 99% of the time
You can fix #2 by simply unmapping the F1 keyboard shortcut.
Meh - I know. I swear each time I accidentally hit F1 instead of ESC, 1, or some other useful key.
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You can always remove the F1 shortcut from the Help.F1Help command (Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Keyboard)
and since you will be searching more on search engine(google or bing) you will get more knowledge as the knowledge on the cloud is msdn + a lot more... :-)
I can't not mention that I have cursed my decision to not install MSDN before now ... it's better than nothing when sat on a train in the middle of nowhere where even the mobile dongle can't get me onto the internet.
MSDN Library does still have a use, albeit a niche one! Sadly when on a train there's not a lot to do during the long wait between F1 being pressed and Documentation being shown.
Total Commander is the bomb! :-)
I rebind my F1 to a Macro that takes the selected text and will perform a search for me. (Out to google or searchdotnet)
I haven’t installed MSDN on my machine the last three or four years, so I cannot testify to the repercussions
The only problem is that I find myself from time to time at at a client that has NO internet access and then I curse and need to connect the Cell Modem to the computer
Total Commander is AWESOME. First app I install on a new system!