If you are going to use a tool effectively, spend some time seeing what that tool can actually do.  I wish that Visual Studio had better discoverability options.  I thought that I would post some productivity tips and tricks sites that I have run across lately as well as a couple of must have products..

 

http://mitch-wheat.blogspot.com/2006/09/visual-studio-2005-ide-pro_115928263399626169.html

 

Sara Ford’s Weblog – http://blogs.msdn.com/saraford/default.aspx

 

http://www.chinhdo.com/chinh/blog/20070920/top-11-visual-studio-2005-ide-tips-and-tricks-to-make-you-a-more-productive-developer/

 

4GuysFromRolla

http://aspnet.4guysfromrolla.com/articles/032704-1.aspx

http://aspnet.4guysfromrolla.com/articles/032305-1.aspx

 

Two great productivity enhancers are

CodeRush™ with Refactor!™ Pro – http://www.devexpress.com/Products/Net/IDETools/CodeRush/

ReSharper – http://www.jetbrains.com/resharper/

 

Whichever you chose, at least chose one.  It is well worth the money spent.

 

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