Yesterday Microsoft had a big announcement day. At the same time as Steve Ballmer held his keynotes at the SharePoint Developers Conference (see the video) Microsoft released Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 for MSDN subscribers, the public release will be tomorrow, October 21st. They also announced that the official release date of Visual Studio 2010 and the .Net 4.0 Framework will be on March 22nd, 2010.
Visual Studio has been given a new blue-purple logo and at the same time the MSDN web site has also been given a face lift using this blue-purple color scheme. If you have visited the Visual Basic Developer Center recently you may have already seen the preview of the new MSDN look. In my opinion it’s much nicer compared to the old red color scheme it had before.
With the beta release Microsoft also released Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SharePoint.
Microsoft have compiled a lot of 2010 resources on the VB and C# Developer Centers: VB 2010 Resources, C# 2010 Resources. They have also released a number of How do I videos. Note, the first two links will be available very soon, if they aren’t already.
- How Do I: Use auto-implemented properties?
- How Do I: Use implicit line continuations in VB 10?
- How Do I: Use highlight reference in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE?
- How Do I: Use Code Snippets in the Visual Studio IDE?
- How Do I: Use Generate from Usage in Visual Studio 2010?
- How Do I: Enhance performance in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE when editing VB code?
- How Do I: Step with the debugger in Visual Studio?
- How Do I: Refactor my code in Visual Studio (Part 1 and Part 2)
I have looked forward to this beta release for a long time now, even though I have used Beta 1 since it was released back in May, beta 2 is much more promising simply because everything should be in place by now. Microsoft will probably not add any new features but rather just fix any bugs that are reported and concentrate on performance issues. So I can now start doing some real world testing and finally concentrate on to fully learn the new features of the framework. This of course also means that you can expect to see a lot more posts about VS2010 on this blog in the near future.
Have fun, I know I will. 🙂