Help and Research


To be an efficient developer you have to know how to best get help and perform research. It is not a coincidence that most developers discovered Google before normal users did and probably use Google more than most users. Looking for documentation and researching problems and bugs is a large part of any programmer's job. Knowing the best ways to get help and do your own research goes a long way to making you a more efficient developer.

The hacks in this chapter cover how to use the help built into Visual Studio as well as a number of different ways to search Google and other search engines directly from Visual Studio.

You'll also see how to delve into the internals of the .NET Framework using both ILDASM and Reflector, how to use FxCop to enhance the quality of your code, and how to use the Allocation Profiler that examines the garbage collection heap.

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