I spend most of my time in Visual Studio. My work time, that is, although it probably takes up a big portion of my overall life too… ouch! I like to have a clean Visual Studio, void of toolbars, icons, panels,…. I’ll summon them when I need them, but most of them I rarely need. I keep a strip at the bottom (collapsed) with things like Output, Error List, Unit Tests, etc. This is the one on my work-PC (not

Do you find yourself often writing the same pieces of code? I guess we all do: the INotifyPropertyChanged interface and the PropertyChanged method in WPF projects are one example. Unit tests more often than not have the same structure (at least on a per-project basis). Visual Studio’s snippets functionality can speed up your work in this regard. I knew about snippets since some time, but never actually used them. I recently noticed I had to type the same code for

Looking for good icons for your applications, that blend in well with other typical Windows applications? If you have Visual Studio, then you already have 1000+ icons without having to Google for ‘free icons’ and coming up with loads of unusable previews.Navigate to your Visual Studio install directory and in \Common7\VS2008ImageLibrary you’ll find a zip file VS2008ImageLibrary.zip. Extract that and you’ve got a whole set of icons you can use in your application. In each folder there’s a read-me with

Well, not all of it, but Microsoft has made it possible to enter the .NET Framework code when debugging. Although configuring Visual Studio to do this is a little more work than what you need to do with, say, Java and Eclipse (which is: none), I believe it is still quite a useful feature. It allows developers to go into the code of the .NET Framework and see what’s happening with the objects that are passed on.I have yet to