It's been a while since I've been along to a meeting (...again) mainly due to me working in Burwood while the meetings are in the city, but I managed to drag myself in (by train) and was very glad I did.
Mahesh Krishnan ran through some of the sides he presented at the TechEd 08 in Sydney. At first I wasn't sure what I could learn here being the hard core Visual Studio developer that I am ahem - but I was pleasantly surprised to learn or be reminded of several cool features in the IDE.
He's written up all his notes into a detailed blog Visual Studio Debugging Tips and Tricks
My top take-aways were ...
use Ctrl-'.' to automatically popup the Smart Tag menu ... I had been using Shift - Alt - F10, or ReSharper's Alt-Enter.
use Ctrl - Shift - 'V' to cycle through the clipboard - hmm, should have known this Window OS feature.
use Ctrl - 'F3' to go to the next occurrence of the word your cursor is on, which is much quicker than the Ctrl - Shift - 'F' (open Find Dialog), Alt- 'F' (do the find). Although I have been using ReSharper's Ctrl - Shift - F7 to highlight the current word.
use Ctrl - '/' to jump to the Find text box and open up the shell - had know idea you could do this, and is definitely worth exploring.
Alt - Shift - Enter - full screen mode - good for presentations
Debug into specific method (need SP1)
Debug to ignore stepping into Properties (need SP1)
Trace points (need SP1) - like setting breakpoints visually, you can now do the same with TracePoints.
He also went over macros as expected, but I've been a long time advocate of this little gem, spreading the joy everywhere I go ;-)
I still feel the best way to become more productive with Visual Studio and the entire Windows Operating System for that matter is to have a "No Mouse Day" - this will force you to use the keyboard, learn the shortcuts, and after an hour or two of pain you'll be much better off for it.
Also, do yourself a favor, and get a copy of ReSharper 4.1 installed ... try it free for a month then convince your manager you need it. There are loads of productivity enhancements tucked away in there.
There are loads of tips out there which are easy to find, but a good place to start would be to check out Sara Ford's blog
Jordan Knight took us through a couple examples of how to use the ASP.NET AJAX History control which was packaged into .Net 3.5 SP1. Basically the AJAX History control allows for more control when dealing with the pesky browser back button which has been the woe of many a web developer in recent times.
This functionality looks particularly useful when dealing with wizard style applications using an RIA technology such as AJAX/Silverlight.