Synopses & Reviews
Visual Studio 2005 is an enormous product. Incorporating the latest advances in both Visual Basic® and C# as well as improvements and new features in the user interface, it can be daunting without the kind of guidance this book provides.
In these pages you'll learn to harness every feature of this remarkable development tool. The opening section will familiarize you with the IDE structure and layout, various options and settings, and other core aspects of Visual Studio 2005. Then you will examine each of the nine major categories composing the functions of Visual Studio 2005. Every chapter is cross-referenced, so you can achieve a complete understanding of each feature and how all the elements work together to produce an effective programming environment.
What you will learn from this book
- How to edit Application Configuration and XML resource files
- Automated XML documentation and how to use Outline modes to review your code
- The process for implementing good security
- How to use IntelliSense, regionalize your code, and tag sections of your program for later processing
- Effective ways to test and debug both code and databases
- Timesavers that use regular expressions, Registry hacks, third-party add-ons, and Microsoft® extensions
Who this book is for
This book is for developers who are new to Visual Studio as well as programmers with some experience who want to learn about features they may have overlooked. Familiarity with the traditional programming model and both C# and Visual Basic languages is assumed.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
Beginning Visual Studio 2005 Programming is a book all about the power of Visual Studio 2005 and the development environment that makes up the core of this application. It explores each aspect of the development life cycle from a perspective of how Visual Studio 2005 can make a programmer’ s life easier. From common tasks and functions to the lesser used but powerful tools that accompany the main code editing and design windows, this book walks through every facet of the IDE (Integrated Development Environment).
Rather than leaving the explanation of each area of the IDE as a simple description, every chapter illustrates real world usages for every tool, command and shortcut discussed so the reader can more easily apply what he or she learns as they go.
Creating Custom Templates and Wizards
Code Reuse and Lightweight Code Generators
Dynamically Generating Forms Through Reflection
Patterns to Better Windows Applications
Managing Multithreaded Behaviors in Windows Forms
Managing Data in the IDE
Using the SQL Designer to Write Stored Procedures
Creating Typed DataSets with the XML Schema Designer
Debugging ASP.NET Web Forms
Managing Web Form Presentation
Debugging and Testing Mobile Devices
Refactoring Tools in .NET Diagnostics
Unique IDE-centric approach.
Does not repeat pedagogical concepts like what is a loop as many other VS 2005 books will
- Taking a unique IDE-centric approach, well-respected authors examine the IDE capabilities readers will need to perform specific tasks, demonstrated in the context of building XML Web services
- The only book on the topic that introduces each characteristic of the IDE followed by an example of the context in which that feature is used
- Covers creating custom templates and wizards, reusing code and lightweight code generators, dynamically generating forms through reflections, managing data in the IDE, using the SQL designer to write stored procedures, debugging ASP.NET Web forms, and much more
About the Author
is an accomplished programmer, journalist, and author. He created, launched, and served as chief editor for Australian Developer
magazine, which was so successful that it expanded globally and is now known as International Developer
. Subsequent to that success, Parsons launched the local Australian and New Zealand edition of MSDN
magazine. In addition, he has written a variety of technical books, including topics as diverse as HTML and CSS, Photoshop, and Visual Basic Express. When not writing, Parsons consults on .NET programming implementations for a number of clients, and currently serves as a senior consultant at Readify Pty, Ltd (www.readify.net), as well as running his own business, Parsons Designs (www.parsonsdesigns.com), and GAMEparents (www.gameparents.com), a website dedicated to helping parents understand and enjoy computer and video games.
Nick Randolph is an experienced .NET developer and solution architect. During his time with Software Engineering Australia, a not-for-profit industry body, Nick founded the Perth .NET Community of Practice and has been integrally involved in the local .NET community since. When Nick joined AutumnCare (www.autumncare.com.au) as Development Manager, he was responsible for their product architecture, which incorporated best practices around building smart client applications using the .NET Framework. Nick is currently a solutions architect with SoftTeq (http://softteq.com), which provides consulting, training, and mentoring services. Outside of his consulting role, Nick takes a proactive approach toward technology, ever seeking to learn, use, and present on beta products. As a Microsoft MVP, Nick has been invited to present at IT conferences such as TechEd, MEDC, and Code Camp, and has been a worldwide finalist judge for the Microsoft Imagine Cup for the last two years.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Integrated Development Environment.
Chapter 1: A Quick Tour of the IDE.
Chapter 2: Options.
Chapter 3: The Toolbox.
Chapter 4: The Solution Explorer.
Chapter 5: Customizing the IDE.
Chapter 6: Form Design.
Part II: Project and Solution Design.
Chapter 7: Projects and Solutions.
Chapter 8: Source Control.
Chapter 9: Application Configuration Files.
Chapter 10: XML Resource Files.
Part III: Documentation and Research.
Chapter 11: Help and Research.
Chapter 12: XML Comments.
Chapter 13: Control and Document Outline.
Part IV: Security and Modeling.
Chapter 14: Code Generation.
Chapter 15: Security Concepts.
Chapter 16: Cryptography.
Chapter 17: Obfuscation.
Part V: Coding.
Chapter 18: IntelliSense.
Chapter 19: Code Snippets.
Chapter 20: Regions and Bookmarks.
Chapter 21: Refactoring.
Chapter 22: Generics, Nullable Types, and Partial Types.
Chapter 23: Language-Specific Features.
Chapter 24: The My Namespace.
Part VI: Automation.
Chapter 25: Code Generation Templates.
Chapter 26: Macros.
Chapter 27: Connection Strings.
Chapter 28: Assembly Signing.
Chapter 29: Preemptive Error Correction.
Chapter 30: Strongly Typed DataSets.
Chapter 31: Data Binding and Object Data Sources.
Chapter 32: Add-Ins.
Chapter 33: Third-Party Extensions.
Chapter 34: Starter Kits.
Part VII: Other Time Savers.
Chapter 35: Workspace Control.
Chapter 36: Find and Replace.
Chapter 37: Server Explorer.
Chapter 38: Visual Database Tools.
Chapter 39: Regular Expressions.
Chapter 40: Tips, Hacks, and Tweaks.
Chapter 41: Creating Web Applications.
Chapter 42: Additional Web Techniques.
Chapter 43: Building Device Applications.
Chapter 44: Advanced Device Application Programming.
Part VIII: Build and Deployment.
Chapter 45: Upgrading to Visual Studio 2005.
Chapter 46: Build Customization.
Chapter 47: Deployment: ClickOnce and Other Methods.
Part IX: Debugging and Testing.
Chapter 48: Using the Debugging Windows.
Chapter 49: Debugging Breakpoints.
Chapter 50: Debugging Proxies and Visualizers.
Chapter 51: Maintaining Web Applications.
Chapter 52: Other Debugging Techniques.
Chapter 53: Unit Testing.
Part X: Extensions for Visual Studio 2005.
Chapter 54: InfoPath 2003 Toolkit.
Chapter 55: Visual Studio Tools for Office.
Chapter 56: Visual Studio Team System.