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Waaaaay oversimplified async/await plumbing

[cross posted from my MSDN blog] Often, when someone asks “how does this async await stuff actually work”? There is a lot of hand waving or someone says “just use reflection and look at it” but the real compiled code … Continue reading

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Tasks are (still) not threads and async is not parallel

[cross posted from my MSDN blog] I talk to a lot of developers who are either new to .NET or are moving from an older version to the newer platform and tools. As such I’m always trying to think of … Continue reading

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Visual Studio Tip #7: Whole line editing

[cross posted from my MSDN blog] OK here is a quick simple one. How do I move or edit entire lines of code? #1 Just don’t select anything. If you don’t have anything selected in your code window then the … Continue reading

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Visual Studio Tip #6: Turn on those line numbers (with Quick Launch)

[cross posted from my MSDN blog] Writing code is very often a collaborative process and to discuss something you need to be able to refer to it. The simplest way to refer to a line of code is “look at … Continue reading

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Visual Studio Tip #5: Quickly adding a namespace “using” statement

[cross posted from my MSDN blog] One thing that slows down new C# users is the requirement to add “using” statements to the top of your file. This is because they just want to declare a variable and use it … Continue reading

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Visual Studio Tip #4: Code Snippets

[cross posted from my MSDN blog] There is lots of code that we write that follow standard patterns with some minor changes for our exact situation. Visual Studio has a nice feature called Code Snippets which provides a way to … Continue reading

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Visual Studio Tip #3: Use “Navigate To”

[cross posted from my MSDN blog] I spend a lot of time looking at other people’s code. That means a lot of time searching other people’s code. One of the main tools I use is not Search but “Navigate To”. … Continue reading

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