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Setting options for the IDE


Visual Studio 2010 Essential Training

with Walt Ritscher

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Video: Setting options for the IDE

Visual Studio is a tool that I use almost daily. I have strong opinions about the best way to configure Visual Studio for the way that I work. The Settings Options dialog is a place to tweak the IDE so that it works the way that you want. The first thing that I want to show you in this movie is how to save your settings or import existing settings. To do that, I'm going to open Visual Studio and go to the Tools menu, and then I am going to scroll down to this section here: Import and Export Settings.
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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 7m 19s
    1. Understanding the Visual Studio versions
      3m 51s
    2. Setting up your developer computer
      3m 28s
  3. 58m 2s
    1. Creating a Visual Studio project
      4m 58s
    2. Working with Solution Explorer
      6m 32s
    3. Working with big projects
      3m 53s
    4. Taking a tour of the Integrated Developer Environment (IDE)
      8m 36s
    5. Introducing drag-and-drop UI design
      7m 38s
    6. Working with the Properties window
      6m 44s
    7. Looking at Server Explorer
      7m 4s
    8. Exploring the new Help engine
      6m 41s
    9. Setting options for the IDE
      5m 56s
  4. 39m 25s
    1. Creating a simple WPF application
      1m 32s
    2. Building the UI with the editors
      9m 14s
    3. Working with the application code
      3m 37s
    4. Communicating with the web site
      7m 15s
    5. Connecting your data
      8m 4s
    6. Binding to an RSS feed
      5m 4s
    7. Packaging and deploying the application
      4m 39s
  5. 39m 46s
    1. What languages are supported in Visual Studio 2010?
      1m 17s
    2. Exploring basic settings for the Code Editor
      5m 35s
    3. Writing a C# program
      6m 48s
    4. Writing a VB program
      6m 29s
    5. Working with C++
      6m 38s
    6. Working with F Sharp
      6m 9s
    7. Font and color options
      6m 50s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Formatting your code
      6m 43s
    2. Navigating your code
      7m 44s
    3. Using the Task List
      2m 26s
    4. Commenting your code
      2m 45s
    5. Documenting your code
      8m 26s
    6. Using IntelliSense effectively
      7m 0s
    7. Working with code snippets
      6m 25s
    8. Refactoring your code
      5m 15s
    9. Understanding code generation
      2m 10s
    10. Generating code with T4
      6m 29s
    11. Using the Class View, Class Designer, and Class Diagram tools
      5m 51s
    12. Refactoring VB with CodeRush Xpress
      4m 33s
  7. 1h 11m
    1. Working with project and item templates
      8m 38s
    2. Creating a console application
      7m 5s
    3. Creating a class library
      6m 26s
    4. Creating a web site with ASP.NET
      7m 37s
    5. Creating a rich internet application with Silverlight
      6m 57s
    6. Creating a classic Windows application with Windows Forms
      10m 31s
    7. Creating a dramatic Windows application with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
      4m 41s
    8. Creating a WCF service
      9m 1s
    9. Using an existing WCF service
      6m 38s
    10. Navigation UI designs with the Document Outline view
      3m 41s
  8. 33m 18s
    1. Creating a data project with SQL Project
      6m 24s
    2. Clarifying the confusion on .NET Data
      3m 31s
    3. Using ADO.NET in your application
      6m 50s
    4. Creating typed datasets
      7m 55s
    5. Using the data binding tools
      8m 38s
  9. 30m 13s
    1. Debugging code
      9m 32s
    2. Working with the Watch and other debug windows
      7m 46s
    3. Other debugging techniques
      6m 50s
    4. IntelliTrace historical debugging in Visual Studio Ultimate
      6m 5s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Understanding Visual Studio editions and test tools
      2m 22s
    2. Verifying your code with unit tests
      8m 58s
    3. Running performance and load tests
      6m 36s
  11. 34m 5s
    1. Building your application
      4m 19s
    2. Customizing the build process with MSBuild
      6m 36s
    3. Setting assembly information
      2m 12s
    4. Deploying a basic Windows application
      2m 19s
    5. Creating an installer with Visual Studio
      7m 39s
    6. Creating a ClickOnce application
      5m 13s
    7. Setting up IIS for deploy
      2m 9s
    8. Deploying a Silverlight or ASP.NET application
      3m 38s
  12. 14m 0s
    1. Understanding source control
      2m 9s
    2. Setting up Team Foundation Server source control
      3m 5s
    3. Using Team Foundation Server source control
      8m 46s
  13. 17m 31s
    1. Understanding the .NET Office integration
      4m 16s
    2. Making a Word 2010 application
      7m 54s
    3. Making an Excel 2010 add-in
      5m 21s
  14. 31m 34s
    1. Understanding the extensibility model in Visual Studio
      2m 17s
    2. Adding external tools to the Tools menu
      4m 42s
    3. Creating macros
      7m 16s
    4. Using the Extension Manager
      5m 1s
    5. Creating an MEF add-in
      7m 9s
    6. Deploying and installing an add-in with VSIX
      5m 9s
  15. 25m 34s
    1. Working with configuration files
      5m 37s
    2. Using the Settings Editor
      7m 30s
    3. Using the Resources Editor
      6m 59s
    4. Localizing your resources
      5m 28s
  16. 1m 17s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 17s

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In Visual Studio 2010 Essential Training, author Walt Ritscher demonstrates how to use Visual Studio 2010 Professional to develop full-featured applications targeting a variety of platforms. Starting with an overview of the integrated developer environment, the course covers working with code editors, navigating and formatting code, and deploying applications. Also included are tutorials on running performance and load tests, and debugging code. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating a Visual Studio project
  • Building the user interface
  • Binding to an RSS feed
  • Coding with IntelliSense
  • Creating rich Internet applications with Silverlight
  • Building Windows applications with Windows Forms
  • Integrating with SQL Server
  • Working with Microsoft Office applications
  • Understanding extensibility in Visual Studio
  • Working with data, ADO.NET and datasets
  • Using source control
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Setting options for the IDE

Visual Studio is a tool that I use almost daily. I have strong opinions about the best way to configure Visual Studio for the way that I work. The Settings Options dialog is a place to tweak the IDE so that it works the way that you want. The first thing that I want to show you in this movie is how to save your settings or import existing settings. To do that, I'm going to open Visual Studio and go to the Tools menu, and then I am going to scroll down to this section here: Import and Export Settings.

So here's the idea. When you get Visual Studio configured the way you want, you can come into this dialog and choose to export your selected environment settings. When I click on next, I can pick from a list of settings--by default, it chooses all the settings--and then I can click on Next. Here's where I pick the location and name of the file that contains my settings. Pretty easy to do. Just click on Finish. Success! Later I can come back into the Settings dialog and choose Import Selected Environment Settings and then click on Next.

It ask if I want to say my current settings, and I say, "No, thank you," and here I can go out and browse for the file I just saved, or--this is another important part-- I can choose from a set of default settings: General Development, Visual C Sharp development. So at any point in the future if you want to change from being a Visual Basic keystrokes to the C# keystroke you just go on here and choose Visual Basic or C# Development Settings, and that will replace default settings for those style of developers.

Now that you know a little bit on how to save and import your settings, let's go and take a look at some setting themselves. You start by going to the Tools > Options, down here at the bottom. And there are a lot of settings in here. Obviously I don't have time to cover all of them in this movies, so I'll just look at a few of them. I am going to start by looking at General Settings area. I'm going to go to Environment, and then in here is a section called Keyboard. This is where you can configure Visual Studio to use the keystrokes that you want.

What I can do is find an Action. Like here's one called File.SaveAll. When I click on, I can see that that's assigned to the Ctrl+Shift+S keyboard. I can come down here and type the new keystroke that I want. Let's say I want to do Ctrl+Alt+S. I am going to type in Ctrl+Alt+S, and it says that shortcut is currently assigned to View.ServerExplorer. If I'm okay with replacing that, I can click on this Assign button, and now whenever I choose keystroke it's going to run the File.SaveAll.

Another feature I like in here is the Project Settings. Let me go into Projects and Solutions and pick General, and here are number of settings like where do we store our projects, the default location where your templates are located. All right, one here that I like to turn on and off depending on my situation is Track Active Item in Solution Explorer. So what happens here is if I click on a Code tab in Visual Studio it'll go over to the Solution Explorer and highlight that item, without me having to go find it.

I like to have the Always show solution turned on. That means that no matter whether there I am in a single project file or a multiple project file, it always shows the parent node in the Tree View. One that I like to turn off is Save new projects when created. I am going to select this one, and show you what that one does. Now I can go to File > New > Project, and when I create my project--like this WPFapplication-- I can edit some code in here, make some changes-- let me to make a change to Width here-- and then when I go to close the solution, it actually hasn't saved it in a permanent location.

Visual Studio is doing all the changes I make in a temporary location, and at this point it says, "Would you like to throw out this temporary project you have created." So if I say Discard, it tosses out this trial run. So it's a quick way to try out some ideas without permanently saving the project to my hard drive. Go back. I'll show you one more set of tools. Back into the Tools > Options, and then we are going to Build and Run. Now, what I like in this dialog is this Before Building. Building means to compile your application.

I will have a whole chapter on building and the details of what goes on in that process, but essentially I can choose what happens if I got a file that I've opened, and I have made some changes, and I am ready to compile the application-- do you want it to automatically save the changes? That's what this section means. Or would I like it to prompt me to save changes like this. Now, I'll create a brand-new project. Again, I'll choose the defaults, and then I see this prompt me, "Would you like to save the changes to the following items?" There are details on all these sections in other movies in this chapter.

Remember to use Export Setting once you get Visual Studio configured the way you want. That way you won't have to spend a lot of time reconfiguring your environment if your hard drive crashes or you get a new computer. That concludes our grand tour of the Visual Studio developer environment. As you continue in this course, you'll discover more about certain sections of the IDE, but the chapter goal was to give you a good overview of the general layout and tools available inside Visual Studio.

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