Professional Visual Studio 2012 Paperback – Nov 20 2012
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Get savvy with Visual Studio 2012
This expert Wrox guide is exactly what you need to get up and running quickly with Visual Studio 2012. Written by a Microsoft Visual C# MVP, it guides you through the exciting features of the integrated development environment (IDE)such as code snippets, refactoring, and patternswhile also showing you how to maximize all the latest tools and significant improvements to the technology. The in-depth coverage as well as numerous illustrative examples go a long way to get you up to speed so you can start using Visual Studio 2012 right away.
Professional Visual Studio 2012:
- Explains how to use the class designer, server explorer, IntelliSense, and bookmarks
- Takes a thorough look at unit testing, documentation with XML comments, code tools, and language-specific features
- Explores ASP.NET applications (including MVC 4), Office business applications, and Windows Store applications
- Addresses a wide variety of data resources, such as visual database tools, datasets and databinding, and more
- Demonstrates how to use the debugging windows, debug with breakpoints, and advanced debugging techniques
- Highlights customizing and extending Visual Studio
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About the Author
Bruce Johnson is a principal consultant with ObjectSharp Corporation. He has been published in a wide variety of technology periodicals and has given more than 500 presentations at user conferences.
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.
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As others have noted, the type is small (probably necessary for such massive content). Far worse is the size of the figures illustrating screens, which are so small they are best viewed with a hand lens. Furthermore, a few figures are apparently not the ones described in the accompanying text. The grammar is places requires more than one reading and in a few spots is apparently just incorrect.
This book might prove useful as a reference for certain environment features but you can probably find that information in the Help system. It is not a good reference if you are looking for in-depth coverage of the programming languages or technologies supported by Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5.
It has been a few versions since I've been in the Visual Studio product so the author's insight in putting the book together is extremely useful to me as a low volume application developer.
This book, then, comes out a bit from the norm, because it provides information on the IDE and on all of its features. This does not mean that inside there aren't code examples: if you look at the site that I mentioned at the beginning of this review, you can find many examples of downloadable code (VB and C #).
However, the code examples in the book are primarily explanations of particular techniques and of specific features of Visual Studio 2012.
The book can be useful, therefore, to both novice developers so they can learn all the things that you can do with Visual Studio 2012, and more experienced developers who can find a highly accurate reference to all features, including these most advanced.
The book includes topics that I find very useful, such as references to Windows Azure, to the Windows Store applications (Windows 8) , the unit testing and even six pages about programming in F # ( as you have probably noticed, I started the study of this programming language ... ) .
All this combined with the extreme clarity of the text and of the graphic.
Wrox never disappoints.