Learning Guide

Mini-Guide: The VB.NET Development Environment, Part 3

In Part 1, I highlighted eight video tutorials from Microsoft that covered the unified IDE, dynamic help, backward and forward navigation, customizable toolbars, IntelliSense enhancements, line numbers, word wrap and the start page.

Next in Part 2, I pointed you to another set of eight tutorial videos covered customizable profiles, the clipboard ring, bookmarks, the anchor property, block selections, controls alignment, menu editor and multi-column menus.

In this third, and final guide in this series, I conclude with the last set of eight video tutorials covering incremental search, server explorer, automatic docking, expandable and collapsible regions, macros, code annotation, distributed debugging and cross-language debugging.

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  Lesson 1  Incremental Search
Duration: 1 minute, 42 seconds
"This video shows how to use the incremental search capabilities of Visual Studio .NET to quickly find text matches within a source file without using the Find dialog box."

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  Lesson 2  Server Explorer
Duration: 4 minutes, 20 seconds
"This video shows how you can easily access Performance Counter, Event Log, and other information directly from within the Visual Studio .NET environment using the Server Explorer."

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  Lesson 3  Automatic Docking
Duration: 10 minutes, 11 seconds
"The Dock property allows you to rapidly create complex user interfaces that resize properly as the user resizes or manipulates the window."

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  Lesson 4  Expandable/Collapsible Regions
Duration: 3 minutes, 13 seconds
"Organize code by creating expandable / collapsible code blocks. Learn how to create custom regions, how to nest regions, how to create temporary regions, and how to use keystroke combinations to expand and collapse them."

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  Lesson 5  Macros
Duration: 6 minutes, 40 seconds
"A new feature in Visual Studio .NET is the ability to author macros within the development environment that can make code editing and other aspects of using the development environment much more productive."

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  Lesson 6  Code Annotation
Duration: 3 minutes, 29 seconds
"Annotate your code with comments (such as TODO), and see how these comments appear as tasks. This makes it easy to remember items that need to be completed, and navigate back to those sections."

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  Lesson 7  Distributed Debugging
Duration: 3 minutes, 24 seconds
"See how Visual Studio .NET introduces true enterprise debugging, letting you step through the tiers of an application, even if they reside on different machines."

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  Lesson 8  Cross-Language Debugging
Duration: 1 minutes, 57 second
"You need not open separate instances of the IDE to work with different languages and project types at the same time. Now you have a unified environment that provides great cross-language and cross-project debugging."

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Brent Sheets is a former Senior Editor at TechTarget and a frequent contributor to SearchVB.com. He founded and managed the popular Visual Basic Web Directory website until it was acquired by TechTarget in 2000 and relaunched as SearchVB.com. Brent offers tips and tweaks about Apple technology at Mactoids.com.

This was first published in March 2007

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