Visual Studio 2012 Cookbook

Visual Studio 2012 Cookbook
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Table of Contents
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  • Take advantage of all of the new features of Visual Studio 2012, no matter what your programming language specialty is!
  • Get to grips with Windows 8 Store App development, .NET 4.5, asynchronous coding and new team development changes in this book and e-book
  • A concise and practical First Look Cookbook to immediately get you coding with Visual Studio 2012

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 272 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : September 2012
ISBN : 1849686521
ISBN 13 : 9781849686525
Author(s) : Richard Banks
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Application Development, Cookbooks

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Discovering Visual Studio 2012
Chapter 2: Getting Started with Windows Store Applications
Chapter 3: Web Development: ASP.NET, HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript
Chapter 4: .NET Framework 4.5 Development
Chapter 5: Debugging Your .NET Application
Chapter 6: Asynchrony in .NET
Chapter 7: Unwrapping C++ Development
Chapter 8: Working with Team Foundation Server 2012
Appendix: Visual Studio Pot Pourri
  • Chapter 1: Discovering Visual Studio 2012
    • Introduction
    • Creating a new project
    • Upgrading an existing solution
    • Managing editor windows
    • Finding Visual Studio commands
    • Navigating and searching
    • Searching your code
    • Using the graphics tools
        • Chapter 4: .NET Framework 4.5 Development
          • Introduction
          • Adding the Ribbon to a WPF application
          • Creating a state machine in Visual Studio 2012
          • Creating a Task-based WCF service
          • Managing packages with NuGet
          • Unit testing .NET applications
          • Sharing class libraries across runtimes
          • Detecting duplicate code
            • Chapter 6: Asynchrony in .NET
              • Introduction
              • Making your code asynchronous
              • Asynchrony and Windows Runtime
              • Asynchrony and web applications
              • Actors and the TPL Dataflow Library
              • Chapter 7: Unwrapping C++ Development
                • Introduction
                • Using XAML with C++
                • Unit testing C++ applications
                • Analyzing your C++ code
                • Working with DirectX in Visual Studio 2012
                • Creating a shader using DGSL
                • Creating and displaying a 3D model
                • Using the Visual Studio Graphics Debugger
                  • Appendix: Visual Studio Pot Pourri
                    • Introduction
                    • Creating installer packages
                    • Submitting apps to the Windows Store
                    • Using the new SQL Server Data Tools
                    • Creating Visual Studio add-ins and extensions
                    • Creating your own snippets

                    Richard Banks

                    Richard Banks has developed software for the last 20 years for a wide range of industries and development platforms. Over the years he has played many roles including that of a developer, team lead, project manager, and CIO/CTO. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer, runs the Sydney ALT.NET user group and the Talking Shop Down Under podcast. He owns and contributes to a few open source projects, and has spoken at Microsoft TechEd and a number of other events and user groups around Australia. For some strange reason, he gets a real kick out of helping development teams to improve and produce great software. If you want to get in touch, he tweets at @rbanks54 and blogs at He currently works as a Principal Consultant for Readify and is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP.

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                    What you will learn from this book

                    • Get practical straight away by searching within your code, using IntelliSense and other general Visual Studio 2012 improvements
                    • Learn how Visual Studio 2012 supports the changes in ASP.NET web development
                    • Take advantage of the CSS Editor improvements in the new release
                    • Discover the debugging enhancements in Visual Studio 2012 like debugging on remote machines and tablets and the Concurrency Visualizer
                    • Dive into Windows 8 Store Apps with application construction, packaging and verification
                    • Get to grips with the practicality of the new changes with .NET 4.5, such as improving communications with WCF and Visual Studio 2012
                    • Detect duplicate code and develop Portable Class Libraries
                    • Get up and running with the C++ comeback in Visual Studio 2012
                    • Tackle how to work with DirectX in Visual Studio 2012

                    In Detail

                    There’s a new technology wave coming, and for Microsoft this is reflected in Windows 8, HTML5 web development, .NET 4.5 and C++11. Riding that wave is a new version of their flagship development tool, Visual Studio 2012, and "Visual Studio 2012 Cookbook" has you putting the new features into practice from the get-go!

                    Among the exciting new features of Visual Studio 2012 is support for Windows 8, HTML5 and asynchronous development, as well as Team Foundation Server 2012 integration. “Visual Studio 2012 Cookbook” doesn’t waste time explaining what you already know from prior Visual Studio versions; instead you’ll see targeted and focused recipes on only new features so that you can get up to speed and back to work faster.

                    “Visual Studio 2012 Cookbook” empowers you to take advantage of all the new features in Visual Studio 2012 so that you can develop applications for the next technology wave.

                    The task-based recipes in this guide will have you up and running with improvements like support for Windows 8 development, HTML5 and JavaScript, .NET 4.5, asynchronous code and C++11.

                    And since most people don’t develop alone, you’ll also see how the new team development features of Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 can help your whole team work smarter, not harder.

                    Time is short and you’re in a hurry, so “Visual Studio 2012 Cookbook” will help you discover what’s new by way of a simple recipe format that is quick and easy to digest.


                    “Visual Studio 2012 Cookbook” is a concise and practical cookbook with recipes which get you up and running straight away with all the new functionality of Visual Studio 2012.

                    Who this book is for

                    If you are a developer excited about the new features introduced in Visual Studio 2012, then no matter what your programming language of choice is, “Visual Studio 2012 Cookbook” is for you. You should have a good knowledge of working with previous versions of Visual Studio to enjoy the recipes in this book.

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