Microsoft webcast series previews new Visual Studio 2010 features

A new Channel 9 webcast series is focused on new features in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0. In episode 2, Microsoft technical evangelist Jason Olson gives an overview of VS 2010's improvements to Web development, business application development and the IDE's interface.

When news of Visual Studio 2010 first started popping up in November 2008, I remember thinking that Microsoft was

jumping the gun by announcing the community technology preview (CTP) so early. But now that it's 2009, 2010 doesn't seem so far off anymore. And in the meantime, Microsoft has provided a great deal more information about the next version of Visual Studio. One of the best sources for information is Microsoft's new webcast series on Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4, the Channel 9 show "10-4" on MSDN. The first episode of 10-4 aired in late December, and new episodes have gone up at least once a week since.

Here's what you'll currently find available in this video silo (as of January 21, 2009):

Title

Time

10-4 Epsidoe 6: Parallel Extensions

23:11

10-4 Episode 5: Code Focused in Visual Studio 2010

19:29

10-4 Episode 4: No More Parallel Development Pain

13:57

10-4 Episode 3: ASP.NET WebForms 4.0

18:17

10-4 Episode 2: Welcome to Visual Studio 2010

14:36

10-4 Episode 1: Working with the Visual Studio 2010 CTP VPC

11:35

Of these offerings, curious developers in search of an overview to Visual Studio 2010 will likely find episode 2 of greatest interest. This webcast will give you an overview of the upcoming platform's capabilities and an introduction to the .NET Framework 4.0, with an emphasis on how different types of developers are likely to use -- and benefit from -- Visual Studio 2010. You'll want to maximize the video to fill the full screen so that you can see Visual Studio guru Jason Olson and his PowerPoint slides at the same time.

Starting with Web developers, the emphasis is on integrated deployment tools, better support for Web standards (ASP.NET, XML and related applications), improved caching behavior and support for Azure and Silverlight. Olson also previews improved support for developing business and MS Office application improvements to Visual Basic and C# (such as better access to Office APIs in VB and C#) and better project and product support for ISVs.

At a more fundamental level, Visual Studio 2010 has been re-architected to offer improved support for building concurrent, multi-threaded applications. Likewise, technologies to extend existing applications with simple add-ins, rather than requiring developers to write substantial new code have also been included, as have more and better debugging and code analysis tools. I've already written about Microsoft adding jQuery to IntelliSense; these will apparently be extended and enhanced in this next version, especially for large code bases.

Olson then conducts a lightning tour through all the features in the new Visual Studio 2010, including the start page, user-controllable project lists on project pages and the ability to define and add tabs directly to the Visual Studio interface. He even hacks some XAML to show how to add assets to team-oriented development resources (in this case, a list of recommended books) right into the Visual Studio interface itself. It's a quick, but compelling, demonstration of how flexible and open-ended the next Visual Studio will be.

This material is worth a visit. Curious developers will find all of the shows worthwhile and may even want to sign up for the RSS feed to keep up with new episodes as they post. There are lots of other Channel 9 material on Visual Studio 2010 available as well, so be sure to check it out, too!

Ed Tittel is a full-time writer and trainer whose interests include XML and development topics, along with IT Certification and information security topics. E-mail Ed at etittel@techtarget.com with comments, questions or suggested topics or tools to review.

This was first published in January 2009

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