The Start Page
My Profile Tab
settings have been imported, you’re presented with the Profile tab of the
Visual Studio .NET 2ks “start page”. For those of you who don’t know, Visual
Studio .NET has this
nifty start page concept, which is basically a web page that has your latest
projects all listed on it, some online resources like code samples and web
service searches, and lastly your profile page. The profile page lets you
configure Visual Studio .NET quickly by selected what you’re used to (VB6, C++, C#,
etc.), help filters, and general things like what to do when Visual Studio
up. This is a very good idea, as it saves developers from having to hunt
through the jungle of options dialogs to find common settings, and from
having to drag windows around the IDE until they’re the way you want them.
This was, of course, also in Visual Studio .NET 2002. The dialog is pictured below.
Online Resources Tab
The next tab
of interest is the Online Resources tab. Online Resources consists of many
pages of content that are simply too numerous to go through individually. It
has a sample finder, developer news, training, books, and tutorials. It has
online communities for code sharing, discussion, and even a user group
directory. It has Microsoft headlines (from MSDN), as well as the ability to
search MSDN directly from within Visual Studio .NET 2003. It has a downloads section
where free, trial, and subscription downloads are available. It has a Web
Services search, although in my limited trials,
entering any keyword would result in getting no hits, but simply
searching with the keyword blank would bring up lots of hits.
Lastly, there is the familiar Projects tab of the start page. Again, aside from some visually appealing tweaks, it appears to be more or less unchanged. Below is a screen shot.