Microsoft’s Web Platform Installer

The Web Platform Installer (Web PI) is a simple tool that installs Microsoft’s entire Web Platform, including IIS, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and the .NET Framework. Using the Web Platform Installer’s user interface, you can choose to install either specific products or the entire Microsoft Web Platform onto your computer. The Web PI also helps keep your products up to date by always offering the latest additions to the Web Platform.


get it here http://www.microsoft.com/web/channel/products/WebPlatformInstaller.aspx

Office Development with VS 2010

Get up to date with office development on .net platform with Somasegar’s post <a href=”http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/archive/2009/01/10/office-client-developer-enhancements-with-vs-2010.aspx”>here</a>


My personal favourite is simplification of .net’s integration with COM’s OM.


As per the example posted in Somasegar’s blog.


Instead of doing the following


object fileName = “Test.docx”;
object missing  = System.Reflection.Missing.Value;
doc.SaveAs(ref fileName,
    ref missing, ref missing, ref missing,
    ref missing, ref missing, ref missing,
    ref missing, ref missing, ref missing,
    ref missing, ref missing, ref missing,
    ref missing, ref missing, ref missing);


You can do with VS 2010


object fileName = “Test.docx”;
doc.SaveAs(fileName);