Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 has got a great page over at the MSDN site. VS 2010 is being worked on in conjunction with the .NET Framework 4 and these together “mark the next generation of developer tools from Microsoft” by delivering key innovations in:

·         Democratizing Application Lifecycle Management

·         Enabling emerging trends

·         Inspiring developer delight

·         Riding the next generation platform wave

·         Breakthrough Departmental Applications

These are the pillars of Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2010.

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2010–Democratizing Application Lifecycle Management

Among the great new functionality in VSTS 2010:


·         Discover and identify existing code assets and architecture with the new Architecture Explorer.

·         Design and share multiple diagram types, including use case, activity and sequence diagrams.

·         Improve testing efforts with tooling for better documentation of test scenarios and more thorough collection of test data.

·         Identify and run only the tests impacted by a code change easily with the new Test Impact View.

·         Enhanced version control capabilities including gated check-in, branch visualization and build workflow.

Visual Studio Team System 2010 includes a new Architecture Explorer for the discovery and exploration of existing code assets and application architectures.

Microsoft are also aiming to make it easier for devlopers to catch and fix bugs, including the great “No repro” bug by “dramatically simplifying the tools required to integrate testing across the lifecycle”.

Licensing change:

In an effort to bring the various aspects of the lifecycle closer together, VS 2010 will feature a unified Development & Database product. From 1st of October 2008 (01/10/08) current Developer or Database edition MSDN subscribers can access both products via MSDN.

I want to say thanks to Brian Randell over at Plural Sight for this find

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010-Codename Hawaii

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (Codename Hawaii)-here either 2009 or 2010 is having it’s feature list updated regularly by Microsoft.

Visual Studio 2009 is set to focus especially on the needs of the small to medium business (SMB’s) and to help them “ride the latest (2009) platform technologies”.

New features are set to include:

A new Windows Presentation Foundation-based (WPF) text editor

More “modern,” with more of a WPF look and feel throughout the suite

Smaller in size (in code and data) than Visual Studio 2008

More reliable and modular

Microsoft will also be adding support for jQuery Javascript library to VS 2010.

Thanks to Mary Jo Foley for the news..

Microsoft MSDN Licences for Production

As we all know, MSDN (MicroSoft Developer Network) licensing gives developers the rights to use Microsoft software fro Testing & Development purposes; but what not everyone knows is that it gives you production liceces too!

Each Developer who has an MSDN Premium subscription is allowed to use one copy of:

  • Office Ultimate
  • Visio Pro
  • Project Std
  • Sharepoint Designer
  • Office Communicator

for production purposes! That means that when it comes to licensing, if you’ve got say 100 users, 10 of which are Developers-you can purchase 90 x Office Std/Pro for the staff and the developers will be covered via their MSDN subscription. Being aware of this can help reduce the occurence of being over-licensed..and get you some brownie points with the FD?!


In the style of Michael Caine..not a lot of people know that!


I hope that helps…