Useful features of visual studio 2010

The focus of most of this chapter has been on creating a simple application, working in either Visual Basic 2010 Express Edition or Visual Studio 2010. It's now time to completely leave the set of features supported by the Express Edition and move on to some features that are available only to Visual Studio developers. These features include, but are not limited to, the following items, beginning with features available to all Visual Studio 2010 developers.

When Visual Studio 2010 is first started, you configure your custom IDE profile. Visual Studio enables you to select either a language-specific or task-specific profile and then change that profile whenever you desire.

Configuration settings are managed through the Tools O Import and Export Settings menu option. This menu option opens a simple wizard, which first saves your current settings and then allows you to select an alternate set of settings. By default, Visual Studio ships with settings for Visual Basic, Web development, and C#, to name a few, but by exporting your settings you can create and share your own custom settings files.

The Visual Studio settings file is an XML file that enables you to capture all your Visual Studio configuration settings. This might sound trivial, but it is not. This feature enables the standardization of Visual Studio across different team members. The advantages of a team sharing settings go beyond just a common look and feel.

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