VS 2010 Tips

Generating Sequence Diagrams To Inspect And Document control flow

You may right click inside a method and select “Generate the sequence diagram” from the pop up menu, to generate the diagram.

Architecture Explorer

The Architecture Explorer will provide you a very friendly interface to browse through and navigate to your solution assets. You can right click on an item (Namespace, Class Name, or Class Member etc) and select ‘View Content’ to navigate to the definition as well.

Code Navigators

You can double click on any member to view the references highlighted, and can navigate across references using the Ctrl + Shift + Up/Down arrows.

Pinning Data Tips While Debugging

When you are debugging, you can pin variable values, so that they’ll be there for you to see later.

Extension Manager for downloading and installing plugins

The Extension Manager in Visual Studio 2010 will allow you to download and install plug-ins for your VS IDE. You can bring up the extension manager window by clicking Tools->Extension Manager. Extension Manager will connect to Visual Studio 2010 online Extension library, and you can search and find cool plug-ins there.

Consume First Development

Visual Studio can stub your classes, members, etc on the go, when you type the code. For example, assume that you have a customer class, and you thought it should have a new method while doing something. You can just type the member name (method, property etc), rest your mouse on top of the tiny blue line under your new method to bring up the popup menu. Click that, and you’ll see VS stubbing the method for you.