Review: Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook

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Review: Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook

The Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook invites us on a tour around Visual Studio 2013. Using short and to the point recipes it provide a wide range of how-to’s on topics ranging from customizing your tabs and windows to getting up and running with git source control.

Authors

The book is written by Jeff Martin (@jeffemartin ) who writes technical articles on InfoQ  and Richard Banks (@rbanks54)  a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP and Professional Scrum Trainer.

 

Target Audience

Target audience for this book is developers looking to get up to speed with the latest features and improvements of Visual Studio 2013 and devs using other IDE’s who want to know what Visual Studio 2013 has to offer.

 

Review

The first chapter give a decent introduction to the IDE and contain a lot of helpful tips & tricks on working more efficient.  This would only be suited to developers new to the IDE if it wasn’t for focus being on the new features that’s just been added in the 2013 version.  As it stands, this is a good read both for experienced developers that are still on older versions of the IDE and new developers who wants to start using it.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get started with Windows Store and/or web app development, the second and third chapters in this book will help you get there, they cover each step from acquiring a dev licence to validating your app.  Microsoft have stated that on Windows 8 JavaScript will be a first class citizen for creating Metro style apps, and that their tools will reflect this.  It’s therefore good to see a rundown of all the new features of web development using Visual Studio 2013.

Some of the other chapters are also quite interesting, who knew for example that you can write DGSL shaders using Visual Studio or that you can do Python and that Visual Studio 2013 comes with several options for creating installers?  There is a lot of good information to be found in this book, for both new and experienced developers.

Overall I like this book more than I expected to, and I feel that it delivers on it’s promise to introduce the new features of Visual Studio 2013.  I use Visual Studio 2012 almost every day and didn’t think I’d learn this much new.  It’s a good reminder to stay humble and always know that you have a lot to learn because the world of computer science moves fast. The only thing I found lacking was the chapter about asynchrony in .NET, it seems out of place in this book and doesn’t really handle the subject well in my opinion.  I also would have liked to see a few recipes on how to take web development into the Azure cloud using Visual Studio.

Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook

  • ISBN:  1782171967

  • Price:  £14.44

  • Released: March 2014

Visual Studio 2013 CookbookTarget audience for this book is developers looking to get up to speed with the latest features and improvements of Visual Studio 2013 and devs using other IDE’s who want to know what Visual Studio 2013 has to offer.

 

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