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Visual Studio 2010: The Next Generation Of The IDE From Microsoft

Visual Studio 2010 is bringing both greater quality and robust tools to the .NET software developer like nothing ever done before. As a .NET developer I have been using Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE since version 6.0 and I have continued with this IDE since the introduction of Visual Studio .NET roughly nine years ago. Microsoft has done a wonderful job at providing iterations of this IDE and with each new version came excitement but most importantly is the new features and the technology of .NET. Visual Studio .NET 2010 is changing the game for the software developer in a way that is both productive and challenging.

VS 2010 and .NET 4 bring a huge number of improvements and additions. They include big advances for ASP.NET web development, WPF and WinForms client development, SharePoint development, Silverlight development, data development, parallel computing development, and cloud computing development. VS 2010 also delivers a ton of improvements in the core IDE, code editors, programming languages, and enterprise design, architect, and testing tools.

At this time Visual Studio Release Candidate is available with a “Go Live” license which means you can get an early start on your .NET 4.0 application and be a leader in this area among your peers. Scott Guthrie has provided a great bit of detail on this blog about the progression of this IDE. To the left you will see a quote from Scott and what he said about VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 a few months ago.

Earlier this month I had conducted a poll to see how many individuals had downloaded and installed the Visual Studio 2010 IDE and .NET 4.0 framework. While there were not a large number of votes it is interesting to see that the majority had begun this transition.

If you’re wondering what new features this version brings to the table I think you will be pleasantly surprised. For one the interface is much more fluid and friendly than earlier versions. Of course the user experience is an important aspect but more importantly is what development features are available. Just a handful of features are:

  1. Cloud Development
  2. Parallel Programming
  3. Sharepoint Development
  4. Office Business Application Development

Of course along side Visual Studio 2010 is the .NET 4.0 framework which supports developing applications that target the Windows 7 platform. If you are primarily an ASP.NET developer much like myself, then I am sure you will find a great number of both exciting and long overdue features. Rather than going into any detail here I would refer you to ASP.NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 Web Development Overview in order to get a clear picture first hand. Also be sure that you do not miss Scott Cate’s tips and tricks concerning VS 2010.

In closing my opinion is Microsoft is doing a great job in the area of Application Development and Visual Studio 2010 along side the .NET framework just reinforces my opinion. What are you thoughts and concerns here? Do you agree with me or does your opinion differ? I would love to hear what you think on this subject, just leave a comment.