Introduction to Visual Studio 2013 - Part 1

Introduces Visual Studio 2013 to people who may have never used it before. Includes productivity boosters for everyone to make writing and reading code easier and more fun.
Course info
Rating
(1144)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Feb 27, 2014
Duration
4h 29m
Table of contents
Getting Started
Projects and Solutions
Files and Folders
Finding your way Around Visual Studio
Finding your way Around your Code
Advanced Finding your way Around your Code
Let Visual Studio Help you
Description
Course info
Rating
(1144)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Feb 27, 2014
Duration
4h 29m
Description

Visual Studio 2013 is an integrated development environment you can use to create applications and libraries with many different frameworks and languages. It has a rich feature set including an intelligent editor, built in compiler (and related tools) and context sensitive help. This course covers basic concepts like projects and solutions, shows you how to make Visual Studio look and work the way you want it to, and demonstrates how to use the most popular tool windows and dialogues. When you've completed it, you'll know how to use the tool itself and can focus on a specific language or framework as your next step.

About the author
About the author

Kate Gregory is in her fourth decade of being paid to program. Her firm, Gregory Consulting Limited, is based in rural Ontario and helps clients adopt new technologies and adjust to the changing business environment. Current work makes heavy use of .NET and Visual C++ for both web and client development, especially for Windows 7 and 8. Managing, mentoring, technical writing, and technical speaking occupy much of her time, but she still writes code every week.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Getting Started
Hi. Welcome to Introduction to Visual Studio 2013. My name is Kate Gregory and in this course I'll show you around Visual Studio so that you can use it more effectively to get your development tasks done quickly and with less pain. Visual Studio is a very large and complicated product with dozens of toolbars, menus, special panes, not to mention the different editors and designers and people use it to create a wide variety of applications. It's packed with features that may have nothing to do with the particular work you're doing. That can make it hard to know where to even start. In this module, I'll give you an overview of the course. Then I'll cover some of the basic terminology in Visual Studio and in case you don't even have it installed yet, I'll show you how simple that is too.

Projects and Solutions
Hi. Welcome back to introduction to Visual Studio 2013. My name is Kate Gregory and in this course I'm showing you around Visual Studio so that you can use it more effectively to get your development tasks done quickly and with less pain. In this module I'll show you how a typical architecture of a user interface layer and a business logic layer are represented in Visual Studio and on your hard drive. I'll create a simple application, first as all one project and then separated into a UI project and a business logic project so you can compare them.

Files and Folders
Welcome back to Introduction to Visual Studio 2013. My name is Kate Gregory and in this course I'm showing you around Visual Studio so that you can use it more effectively to get your development tasks done quickly and with less pain. In this module, I'll show you how a typical architecture of a user interface layer and a business logic layer are represented in Visual Studio and on your hard drive. I'll explain namespaces. That's an important. NET concept. And I want to take you behind the scenes, showing you some mechanics so you understand a little bit more about how Visual Studio works.

Finding your way Around Visual Studio
Welcome back to Introduction to Visual Studio 2013. My name is Kate Gregory and in this course I'm showing you around Visual Studio so that you can use it more effectively to get your development tasks done quickly and with less pain. In this module, I'll show you some more of the interface of Visual Studio and specifically, the various windows and views available to you and how to arrange things just the way you like them.

Finding your way Around your Code
Welcome back to Introduction to Visual Studio 2013. My name is Kate Gregory and in this course I'm showing you around Visual Studio so that you can use it more effectively to get your development tasks done quickly and with less pain. In this module, I want to show you the many ways that Visual Studio helps you to explore code, whether you wrote that code or not. If you're like most developers, you spend a lot of time trying to navigate amongst all the files that make up your solution and then navigate around inside those files as well. There are some big productivity gains available to developers who can quickly find what they're looking for and don't spend so much time navigating from file to file. This module is the first of two that will show you all of the abilities in Visual Studio to speed that navigation and get you where you need to be.

Advanced Finding your way Around your Code
Welcome back to Introduction to Visual Studio 2013. May name is Kate Gregory and in this course I'm showing you around Visual Studio so that you can use it more effectively to get your development tasks done quickly and with less pain. In this module, I'll get a little more advanced with how to move around in your code. You'll learn three more kinds of Find and some specialized views that are more powerful than Find and then, I'll show you how to be quicker with one of the most frustrating parts of software development, fixing your compiler errors and warnings.

Let Visual Studio Help you
Welcome back to Introduction to Visual Studio 2013. My name is Kate Gregory and in this course I'm showing you around Visual Studio so that you can use it more effectively to get your development tasks done quickly and with less pain. This module is about how Visual Studio can help you write new code and edit code. There's a slow and steady way to do those tasks, but there's also a set of much faster ways and I want to show you those. Some of the ways Visual Studio can help you get your work done faster. Sometimes we're talking about saving you two or three clicks, 10 or 15 keystrokes. That's not what makes you more productive. If you add up the time saved from two clicks 100 times, it's still, what, maybe 100 minutes at the most? Probably less than that, maybe 25 minutes. That's not the point. No. What makes you more productive is this. As a developer you build this plan in your head. I'm going to loop through all the somethings and check to see if they need to be updated and if they do then I'll update them, and it's great. It's all right there in your head. And suddenly you're swearing under breath because you forgot to declare a variable or add a reference or whatever, and that whole plan just collapses. After you solve that momentary nuisance then you almost have to start again on building up that plan and filling your head with what it is you're trying to do. So, when Visual Studio offers you a feature that can turn that disruption into just nothing more than a moment's nuisance, you stay in flow. You keep that plan in your head and that's where you get the big productivity boost. From just keeping going and not getting derailed from the plan you started with.