The Ultimate Visual Studio Tips and Tricks Blog

by Zain Naboulsi

Visual Studio Update 1 Is Available!

The first update for VS2013 came out yesterday and is heavy on bug fixes but not much in the way of...

Author: zainnab Date: 01/21/2014

Team Foundation Server Usage at Microsoft

My very good friend, Randy Pagels, recently posted some TFS usage data. You can find the PDF here:...

Author: zainnab Date: 01/20/2014

Which version control system should I use in Team Foundation Server 2013: TFVC and GIT Comparison

I recently had a discussion with a customer about our GIT support. I thought I would share this...

Author: zainnab Date: 01/08/2014

2014 Begins: My Thoughts On Finding Personal Satisfaction

  Happy New Year!   It’s time to begin 2014 and get some great stuff going this year!...

Author: zainnab Date: 01/06/2014

The Case For Agile Over Waterfall

This article came about as the result of a recent trip I made to a customer. I was presenting on TFS...

Author: zainnab Date: 11/07/2013

Visual Studio 2013 RTM Available!

  Apologies for the delay on this one. I briefly toyed with the idea of retiring the blog and...

Author: zainnab Date: 11/06/2013

WorkItem Glass

So in my quest to find new and interesting interfaces for TFS, my buddy Chris Koenig introduced me...

Author: zainnab Date: 09/27/2013

SafeNight: Helping Domestic Violence Victims

Myfriends at Caravan Studios <,the">www.caravanstudios.org>,the newest division of TechSoup...

Author: zainnab Date: 09/13/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Cut or Delete the Current Line

You can quickly and easily cut or delete the current line. Just do one of the suggestions below....

Author: zainnab Date: 09/12/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Never Cut or Copy a Blank Line Again

Ever cut something then accidentally cut a blank line?  I can't really think of a good reason...

Author: zainnab Date: 09/11/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Zooming In and Out of Text in the Editor

This week I thought we would focus on some fun quickies that have been in Visual Studio since at...

Author: zainnab Date: 09/10/2013

Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate Available Today!

Hey Folks :) Wanted to let you know that the Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013...

Author: zainnab Date: 09/09/2013

VMware or Microsoft?–Did you know that there’s no extra charge?

My good friend, Kevin Remde, is writing a great series comparing VMWare technology to our Hyper-V...

Author: zainnab Date: 09/06/2013

Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts

If you have been following the blog then you know I am a HUGE fan of Brian Keller’s VS/TFS...

Author: zainnab Date: 08/29/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Working in the Breakpoints Window

  NOTE: This is an older feature. I’ve updated the information for VS2013.   The...

Author: zainnab Date: 08/28/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Working with Breakpoint Labels

  NOTE: This is an older feature. I’ve updated the information for VS2013.   The...

Author: zainnab Date: 08/27/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Turn Off the Uppercase Menu

NOTE: This is an older feature. I’ve updated the information for VS2013.   This is one change...

Author: zainnab Date: 08/21/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Format the Current Document or Selection

  NOTE: This is an older feature. I’ve updated the information for VS2013.     Format...

Author: zainnab Date: 08/20/2013

Visual Studio 2013: TODO Comments and Custom Tokens in the Task List

NOTE: This is an older feature I’ve updated the information for VS2013   Ever been writing some...

Author: zainnab Date: 08/15/2013

Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Code Map Debugger Integration

  Prologue The original Code Map was introduced in the product with Visual Studio 2012 Update...

Author: zainnab Date: 08/14/2013

Technical Articles for Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management

Just came across these the other day and wanted to share below is the information verbatim from...

Author: zainnab Date: 08/12/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Matching Braces

This next feature only applies to C++ and C# just so you know. There are four things I want to talk...

Author: zainnab Date: 08/08/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Insert a Line

This is another quick but useful feature. Let’s say you have some code:   And you need a line,...

Author: zainnab Date: 08/07/2013

Visual Studio 2013: IntelliSense

I’m back! Vacation was great but now I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. I thought we...

Author: zainnab Date: 08/06/2013

On Vacation

Folks I will be on vacation until 8/5. See you all in a couple of weeks :) p.s. Unfortunately...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/19/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Reference Highlighting

  This one is absolutely one of my favorite tips because you don't have to do anything to make...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/18/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Quick Launch

In the past, finding things deep in the IDE has been a challenge. Visual Studio 2012 introduced...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/17/2013

Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Navigate To

You can use Navigate To to search for objects, definitions, or references (symbols) in a solution....

Author: zainnab Date: 07/16/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Using Box Selection and Zero-Length Box Selection

This is a collection of about 4 or 5 tips I wrote on using Box Selection for my book a while back. I...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/15/2013

Team Foundation Server 2013 Preview - Upgrade FAQ

For those that are installing TFS 2013, here is a FAQ from the team to help answer some common...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/14/2013

InRelease for Visual Studio 2013 Preview Now Available

In case you haven’t heard we acquired InCycle’s InRelease Business Unit. Here is...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/13/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Organize Your Code with Named Regions

  This feature was first introduced in Visual Studio 2005 and, over the years, I’ve heard...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/12/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Drag and Drop Code Onto the Toolbox

This is another feature that has been around for a while but a lot of people don’t know about. Got...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/11/2013

Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Peek Definition aka Go To Definition (Peek)

Traditionally when you want to view the definition of a method you place your cursor inside the...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/10/2013

Visual Studio 2013 Preview: CodeLens aka Code Information Indicators

[Updated: 7/12/2013: Thanks to John Gardner for the updated info.]   There is only one way to...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/09/2013

Visual Studio 2013: Making IntelliSense Transparent While You Code

As I mentioned before, I will be revisiting tips from older versions in this new series. I’m also...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/08/2013

Visual Studio 2013 Preview: C++ Automatic Brace Completion

One of the new features in VS2013 for C++ Developers is automatic brace completion. We’ve had this...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/05/2013

Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Distinguishing Multiple Instances of Visual Studio

  So this next feature I don’t personally have much use for but it may be useful for some of...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/04/2013

Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Options Dialog Changes

In this post I’ll talk about a couple of changes to the Tools | Options dialog.  It may not be...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/03/2013

Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Enhanced Scroll Bar

Visual Studio 2013 has another great new feature: enhanced scroll bar functionality. The new scroll...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/02/2013

Visual Studio 2013 Preview: Moving Lines of Code

And I’m finally back! It’s been a few months since I have blogged and I am glad to be doing it...

Author: zainnab Date: 07/01/2013

Team Foundation Server Planning Guide

http://vsarplanningguide.codeplex.com/ For folks that haven’t seen this it’s great...

Author: zainnab Date: 05/27/2013

"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated"–Mark Twain

Folks,   Apologies for going dark on you suddenly. I have not stopped writing to the blog...

Author: zainnab Date: 05/26/2013

Understanding IntelliTrace Part VI: Working with IntelliTrace Logs

This is a multi-part series, you can find the other parts here: Understanding IntelliTrace Part I:...

Author: zainnab Date: 03/05/2013

Understanding IntelliTrace Part V: Advanced IntelliTrace Settings

This is a multi-part series, you can find the other parts here: Understanding IntelliTrace Part I:...

Author: zainnab Date: 02/28/2013

Understanding IntelliTrace Part IV: IntelliTrace Calls

This is a multi-part series, you can find the other parts here: Understanding IntelliTrace Part I:...

Author: zainnab Date: 02/21/2013

Understanding IntelliTrace Part III: IntelliTrace Events

This is a multi-part series, you can find the other parts here: Understanding IntelliTrace Part I:...

Author: zainnab Date: 02/19/2013

ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2

From http://www.asp.net/vnext ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 is a tooling refresh of Visual Studio...

Author: zainnab Date: 02/18/2013

Understanding IntelliTrace Part II: Where Do I Use IntelliTrace?

This is a multi-part series, you can find the other parts here: Understanding IntelliTrace Part I:...

Author: zainnab Date: 02/14/2013

Understanding IntelliTrace Part I: What the @#$% is IntelliTrace?

This series is based on my IntelliTrace Workshop materials found here: http://sdrv.ms/UPUEE3 This is...

Author: zainnab Date: 02/12/2013

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