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Visual Studio Code Snippets

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There are a bunch of built-in Visual Studio code snippets that will generate code for you with a short keyword and then a tab key press. These shortcuts will make you more efficient when writing code such as creating properties, loops, exceptions, etc. Below I have listed the code snippets that I most frequently use and what the output from them looks like. To use these snippets type they keyword and then press the tab key.

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Favorite Visual Studio Shortcuts

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Here is a list of Visual Studio Community Edition shortcuts that I use. Building Solution Name Shortcut Build Solution Ctrl+Shift+B Run Code Analysis on Solution Alt+F11 Building Current Project There is no default shortcut for building the current project or running code analysis on it. You can go under the Build menu and select to build just the current project but this is a manual step that requires you to navigate through the menus.

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Favorite Visual Studio Extensions

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In the Visual Studio Extension Gallery there are hundreds of extensions that are available. The extensions add additional functionality to Visual Studio. Below are the extensions that I typically have installed. Web Essentials Big pile of awesome for web developers. If you are doing web development you need to have this installed. http://vswebessentials.com/ Features: Enhanced browser link Markdown Editor/Preview Minification of javascript files JSHint / CSSHint integration TypeScript preview of compiled ts file Plus much much more GhostDoc Auto generate Xml doc comments based on your method/parameter names, exceptions through and return types.

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Favorite Windows Shortcuts

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So many times I watch Windows users spending lots of time doing task that should just take a few seconds but instead are taking several minutes because they are taking the long way around to get the task completed. Here are some examples that I see people doing and below I will show you how to get them done the easiest way possible. Getting 2 programs side by side half screened Navigating in Windows Explorer to find the Visual Studio solution or project directory Open programs as an administrator Just opening up task manager.

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Favorite Windows Programs

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Developer productivity is not just about maximizing your speed in editor. It also includes additional software to help you be more productive. Below is some of my favorite Windows software that I use. Password Management LastPass - Password Manager. Remembers passwords so you don’t have to. Auto log you into web sites, store secure notes, wifi passwords, etc. Web interface and desktop is free. Mobile device application is premium version at $12 per year.

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