Walt's enthusiasm for crafting software interfaces blossomed early. Just a few days after discovering how to move pixels around a computer screen he was devouring books on the topic of computer graphics and UI design. Before long he was sharing his discoveries with other technology buffs, a lifelong pursuit that has led to teaching engagements at universities, private training companies and the international conference circuit. As a consultant he has worked with a wide spectrum of clients, including Microsoft, HP, and Intel. He is now a staff author at Lynda.com, part of the LinkedIn family, where his content team produces hundreds of technical training courses for software developers each year. In an earlier phase of life, he was a professional musician, first working jobs as a trombonist, later exploring music with keyboards and synthesizers.
Visual Studio is already a powerful IDE. But when you add extensions, third-party tools, and templates to the mix , you have a development environment that can be tailored to your exact needs. This session shows you how to find, install, and use the most helpful extensions for Visual Studio. Learn how extensions like Spell Checker, Comment Remover, CodeMaid, and Productivity Power Tools can automate and speed up the way you code. Then discover how to build your own extensions, and share them with other developers in the Visual Studio Gallery. You'll also see how to use standalone external tools to augment the Visual Studio workflow, and create custom templates that include just the files and settings you need for your project types.