- Master the Command Window
- Create Comments Faster (this one is about GhostDoc and was written by me)
- Run Unit Tests Inside of Visual Studio
- Hack the Project and Solution Files
- Refactor Your Code
Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to read the book in the previous weeks. Yesterday was the first day of the year that the local “Freibad” (public outdoor swimming pool) was open, so I took it with me to read it while sunbathing. And I must say that “Visual Studio Hacks” passed my personal “Freibad test”, i.e. it was interesting enough to be read in a noisy environment, with interruptions (kids playing soccer in the sunbathing area), and without a computer nearby. Other books that passed this test in previous years are “C# Unleashed” by Joseph Mayo, “Code Complete 2” by Steve McConnell and the “Extreme Programming Pocket Guide” by chromatic.
Back to “Visual Studio Hacks”: I consider myself an advanced user of Visual Studio, so many of the hacks are not really new to me, but most of those hacks contained some bit of information I didn’t know yet or completely forgot about. What I really liked about the book is that it’s not a simple collection of tips that the author barely tried himself. You notice that in the little details like the solutions to problems you may not encounter immediately, but will run into sooner or later in your daily work (e.g. the infamous “Call rejected by callee” error). So far I’ve read the first half of the book and I couldn’t find anything that I would consider of little value – I wish could say that about many other computer books.