Wednesday, August 23, 2006

VS 2005 Debugging Visualizers

A new feature of Visual Studio 2005 is the introduction of Debugger Visualizers. They offer an advanced, customized data display while you are running your application under the Visual Studio Debugger.

Here is a list of Debugger Visualizers that I have found...
If you are interested in developing your own Debugger Visualizer, then here are some tips.

Monday, August 21, 2006

VS 2005 Shortcuts

A college of mine asked me if I knew the shortcut for getting the matching brace/bracket/parethesis in Visual Studio 2005. I didn't know, so in my search for the answer I ran across a useful page with lots of useful Shortcuts for Visual Studio 2005.

By the way, the shortcut for matching a brace/bracket/parethesis is “Ctrl-]”.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Programming Fonts

I ran across the Consolas Font Pack the other day. It is an optimized Microsoft clearType font specifically designed for use with Visual Studio.

Speaking of fonts, I am currently using the ProggyCleanTTSZ font. This font and others like it can be found from the Proggy Fonts website.

A little Google search also led me to the following resources for programming fonts...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

VS 2005 Code Snippets

For those of you who don’t know about snippets or who are sad that c# didn’t come with many snippets installed, here is a List of Microsoft Snippets that you can install.

Once installed (double-clicking vsi files) you can access the snippets either by typing in their shortcut name and hitting tab twice or by clicking Ctrl-K-S.

I made a custom SOAP snippet using Snippy to call a Web Service method from ASP.NET. To import my snippet use “Tools->Code Snippet Manager…->Import”. My snippet's shortcut is “soap”.

In addition, GotCodeSnippets.NET, has a lot of other snippets submitted by the .NET community.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Free SQL Intellisense Tool

I told many of you about this a month or so earlier, but I thought I'd mention it again since the deadline is coming up.

There is a Free SQL Prompt Intellisense Tool availble from Red-Gate until September 1st.

Personally, I think this should have been part of Microsoft SQL Server 2005, but I guess it just didn't make the cut.