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Visual Studio 2010 News & Analysis

Microsoft's Kinect, Coming to Windows 7, Browsers and Watching You!

kinectlogo.jpgMicrosoft (news, site) is officially bringing its Xbox Kinect movement tracker/camera system to PCs, where it could soon watch what we browse and how we interact with the Web.

Hedgehog Helps Ease Team Development For Sitecore Web CMS

hedgehog_logo_2010.jpgHedgehog Development's release of Team Development 2.1 for Sitecore is a perfect example of how a technology partner can create a product that makes development and deployment of the Sitecore (newssite) Web CMS that much easier.

Microsoft Offers an Express Edition of the IIS Web Server

The tools for Microsoft web developers are getting better and better these days, we've seen that with the SharePoint 2010 tools for Visual Studio 2010. But Microsoft is now also coming out with a new web server to support all ASP.NET developers: IIS Express.

Visual Studio 2010: Not Just Good for Developers

A New Date for Visual Studio 2010So it's April 12 and it is official -- Microsoft has announced the availability of Visual Studio 2010 (news, site) and Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. It's an exciting time for developers. But what if you are not a developer? Well, there's something there for you to be excited about too.

Visual Studio 2010 RC is Available, along with ASP.NET MVC 2 and a new Azure Toolkit

Visual Studio 2010 RC is AvailableVisual Studio 2010 (news, site) is now out as a Release Candidate and available to everyone to try out. Keep in mind it will still have issues and if you want to do Azure or MVC development, there a few things you need to do.

April 12 is the New Release Date for Visual Studio 2010

A New Date for Visual Studio 2010We like really short and sweet posts about project updates. They get to the point very quickly and leave no room for misinterpretation.

At least that is what we get from Microsoft's Rob Caron. He's the Marketing Communications Manager for Developer and User Experience Runtimes and Tools at Microsoft -- which includes of course Visual Studio. He recently presented a quick update on the new release date for Visual Studio 2010 (news, site).

Originally scheduled for late March, Microsoft withdrew the delivery date saying they needed more time for testing due to performance and virtual memory issues.

The new date? "Short but sweet, Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 will launch on Monday, 12 April 2010."

According to Mary Jo Foley, an unplanned Release Candidate will go out in February to testers, which will hopefully ensure that the issues mentioned above are resolved.

In the meantime, have another look at the new product lineup, the cloud support and a few other things in our look Visual Studio 2010: On Beta 2, New SKUs and Cloud Support.

And if you are still trying to figure out how to convince your boss that you will need the new version when it does arrive, do some comparison views of the different versions of Video Studio.

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Visual Studio Comparison Tool on MSDN
 

SharePoint 2010 Beta Available for All to Download

SP2010_logo_2009.jpg So it's day 2 of the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2009 and what we have all been waiting for has happened. Microsoft has announced the beta release of SharePoint 2010 to the world.

CollabNet Integrates with Visual Studio, Offers ALM Platform

collabnet_logo_2009.jpg A little Microsoft based development news to kick start your weekend. CollabNet, a provider of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions, has just announced the second version of CollabNet Desktop—Visual Studio Edition.

Visual Studio 2010: On Beta 2, New SKUs and Cloud Support

Visual Studio 2010 Includes Windows Azure SDKBeta 2 is now out for Visual Studio 2010 and along with it comes the announcement of a new product lineup designed to make purchasing decisions just a little bit easier.

ASP.NET MVC 2 Preview 2 Released

Mid-March we saw the first official release of Microsoft's new ASP.NET MVC (news, site) framework. The alternative to Web Forms when developing ASP.NET applications has been well received and talked about frequently.

Work on ASP.NET MVC 2 started almost immediately and we saw the first preview of that version mid-August. MVC 2 Preview 1 included things like template helpers, areas and built-in support for data annotations.

But that was only the start of the work for ASP.NET MVC 2. And now a second preview has been released with even more functionality such as:

  • Client Side Validation: New support for jQuery validation (here's a good example of this functionality on Pietro Brambati's blog)
  • Areas: Support for areas in a single project
  • Model Validation Providers: The ability to hook in model validation providers other than the default Data Annotations
  • Metadata Providers: The ability to hook in other metadata providers, the default being Data Annotations
  • Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2: A set of HTML code snippets for MVC 2 Preview 2

Along with new features, there were also a number of changes made to existing types and members and a few bug fixes.

The version of ASP.NET MVC 2 Preview 2 that you can download and use now works for Visual Studio 2008 SP1.

To see the Visual Studio 2010 HTML code snippets you'll have to wait for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (MVC will be included in the beta).

Get more details on Phil Haack's blog and the official ASP.NET MVC website.

SharePoint 2010: Developer and IT Professional Outtakes

SP2010_logo_2009.jpg Yesterday we had a look at an overview of SharePoint 2010, focusing on the updated User Experience. But there's a lot more to the next version of SharePoint (news, site). In this sneak peek, let's look at what's new for developers and IT professionals.

ASP.NET MVC Installer Now Ready for Visual Studio 2010

ASP.NET MVC Installer Now Available for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1When the beta for Visual Studio 2010 (news, site) first came out, it lacked the ability to create ASP.NET MVC applications. This was because Visual Studio was in lock down before MVC 1.0 was released.

There was a workaround, but it didn't give you the ability to create MVC apps, just look at them. But you likely wanted to do a heck of a lot more than just look at your code in Visual Studio 2010.

Now, says Phil Haack, you can.

Visual Studio 2010 Extensions: Windows Azure Tools for Cloud Services

Visual Studio 2010 Includes Windows Azure SDKWith Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2010 (news, site) out for review, Microsoft is also releasing some extensions to keep us all excited about developing .NET applications. One of these extensions is the The Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio and the latest version is out as a technology preview.

ASP.NET MVC Not In Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

ASP.NET MVC Not In Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1How many of you rushed to download Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2010 (news, site) when it was released last week? A lot, exactly. But how many of you came away just a little disappointed to find out that ASP.NET MVC (news, site) is not part of Beta 1? Know how you feel.

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