This expert Wrox guide is exactly what you need to get up and running quickly with Visual Studio 2012. Written by a Microsoft Visual C# MVP, it guides you through the exciting features of the integrated development environment (IDE)—such as code snippets, refactoring, and patterns—while also showing you how to maximize all the latest tools and significant improvements to the technology. The in-depth coverage as well as numerous illustrative examples go a long way to get you up to speed so you can start using Visual Studio 2012 right away.
Professional Visual Studio 2012:
Explains how to use the class designer, server explorer, IntelliSense, and bookmarks
Takes a thorough look at unit testing, documentation with XML comments, code tools, and language-specific features
Explores ASP.NET applications (including MVC 4), Office business applications, and Windows Store applications
Addresses a wide variety of data resources, such as visual database tools, datasets and databinding, and more
Demonstrates how to use the debugging windows, debug with breakpoints, and advanced debugging techniques
Highlights customizing and extending Visual Studio
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Comments about oreilly Professional Visual Studio 2012:
Visual Studio is deep and this book covers a good overview of what's available. It focuses on .NET development and the newer features that are available as well as the ones that have been around but are still useful today. Like other people have said, it doesn't cover every single little detail in Visual Studio but it does provide a very good tour with good examples. It mainly focuses on .NET development with C# and VB.net. There is not a lot of material for C++ developers. Another downside is that many of the link references in the book are no longer available or out of date e.g. URLs, software products, etc. This can make it difficult to follow along. On a good note, this book is really good for getting familiar very quickly with a part of Visual Studio that you're unfamiliar with and the examples will help you understand why you may want to use a certain feature, tool, project, etc.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend