Tips on Visual Studio Every Developer Needs

DevToolsGuy / Wednesday, January 07, 2015

If you haven’t discovered Visual Studio Toolbox, check out this popular show on Microsoft’s Channel 9.

The show is a treasure trove of information and insight from experts to help you stay on top of the latest and greatest innovations and be more productive. Practical comments, opinions, demos and a conversational style all keep things moving and provide easy-to-apply developer tips.

Host Robert Green knows his stuff. He’s a technology evangelist in the Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) group at Microsoft, where he’s on his second tour. Before rejoining the company in 2010, he spent five years as a senior consultant with MCW Technologies, focused on developer training. Robert has authored or co-authored several Visual Studio and .NET courses on AppDev. Previously, with Microsoft, he was in Developer Tools marketing and served as community lead on the Visual Basic team.

Robert chats with well-informed guests, like Phil Japikse, principal architect at InterKnowlogy; Rocky Lhotka, CTO of Magenic and creator of the CSLA.NET framework; and Brian Lagunas, Infragistics product manager, who weighed in on best practices for building apps using MVVM.

Visual Studio Toolbox offers enjoyable, stimulating education on diverse topics. Among recently explored issues:

  • How to decide which new tools to adopt and which existing ones to continue using (a tip: silence from Microsoft may not signal a tool’s demise)
  • How app development is entering the “post-mobile world” (to quote Rocky Lhotka) and how to benefit from this evolution
  • How Visual Studio 2015 makes it much easier to connect to cloud services (such as those from Salesforce)
  • What’s new and cool about Bing Developer Assistant Version 2 (including the Visual Studio IntelliSense experience and enhanced searching)
  • How to make WPF apps more user-friendly (such as improving feedback)
  • Where to access and how to use SQL Server Data Tools inside Visual Studio (including XAML)

Viewers have described the show as “awesome,” “valuable,” “practical” and “interesting.” Their comments also praise the lively interaction between the host and guests on the show, which continues with online discussion.

Take a look. It’s a great way to keep up to speed on Visual Studio. Tell us what you think in the comments!