April 2, 2003
Getting the Most Out of Microsoft's Latest IDE: O'Reilly Releases "Mastering Visual Studio .NET"
Sebastopol, CA--With start-up templates for projects ranging from
Windows applications to web services, and extensive help and on-line
documentation, Visual Studio .NET 2003 might be mistaken as a tool for
unsophisticated users. This is hardly the case. Thoroughly detailed in
Mastering Visual Studio .NET by Ian Griffiths, Jon Flanders, and
Chris Sells (O'Reilly, US $39.95), Microsoft's latest integrated
development environment (IDE) brings together every feature from the
company's previous IDEs--including Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Visual
Interdev--and introduces a host of new features. For those looking to
adopt the .NET platform, getting the most out of this new IDE may be
tricky, says coauthor Ian Griffiths.
"Most experienced developers will be able to perform the basics of
Visual Studio .NET, like creating a project, typing some code,
compiling, and debugging. 'Mastering Visual Studio .NET' covers these
topics, but that's just the jumping off point," explains Griffiths.
"The primary focus of the book is on topics that intermediate and
advanced programmers really need, such as advanced window
functionality, macros, advanced debugging, and add-ins, etc. We go
beyond the documentation by offering hints and recommendations that we
and the community at large have found highly useful."
"Mastering Visual Studio .NET" speaks to millions of Windows developers
who, analysts expect, will actively start using the .NET platform in
the next twelve-to-eighteen months. That includes more than five
million Visual Basic 6 developers worldwide, two million Visual C++
developers, and roughly one million Visual Interdev Web developers. All
of them will be moving from earlier development platforms to an
environment that offers them many more possibilities. "With Microsoft's
previous generation of development tools, each language had its own
IDE," Griffiths says. "Now there is just one unified environment."
This new book is designed to help these Windows developers, and those
new to Microsoft tools such as former Java programmers, realize the
full scope of what Visual Studio .NET 2003 offers. Divided into two
major sections, "Mastering Visual Studio .NET" begins with fundamental
ways to maximize the power of Visual Studio .NET as it comes out of the
box, covering projects and solutions, files and various file editors,
debugging, web projects, database projects, and setup projects. "The
book's practical depth and detail shows developers how best to put
these features to work," Griffiths says. "The second section is about
extending VS.NET to suit their specific needs."
Chapters on integrating controls and components with VS.NET, the VS.NET
automation object model, macros and add-ins, custom wizards, and the
Visual Studio Integration Program (VSIP) round out the book's advanced
section. Also provided are several reference appendices on project
types, project item types, keystroke shortcuts, source code control,
solution and project file formats, and text editor settings.
"Developers who are serious about using the VS.NET toolkit will want
this book close by," Griffiths says. "With it, they'll learn this
development environment from top to bottom."
Mastering Visual Studio .NET
Ian Griffiths, Jon Flanders, and Chris Sells
ISBN 0-596-00360-9, 397 pages, $39.95 (US), $61.95 (CAN), 28.50 (UK)
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