Microsoft kicks off a global launch for the latest major release of its flagship application development environment, Visual Studio 2010, with more than 150 developer-focused events around the world on April 12.
Microsoft kicked off a global launch for the latest major release of its
flagship application development environment, Visual Studio 2010, with
more than 150
developer-focused events around the world on April 12.
In addition to Visual Studio 2010 (VS2010), Microsoft announced the release
of the .NET
Framework 4 and said its Silverlight 4
rich Internet application development platform will release to Web (RTW) later
in the week. Together these technologies enable developers steeped in the
Microsoft way to create applications for a variety of platforms, including the
desktop, the Web, the cloud and mobile devices, said Eddie Amos, general
manager of developer platform and tools marketing at Microsoft, in an interview
Microsoft will launch VS2010 and .NET 4
at the Microsoft Visual Studio Conference & Expo event in Las
Vegas, which runs April 12-14.
"We're excited to celebrate the launch of Visual Studio 2010 with developers
around the world today," said Bob Muglia, president of the Server and Tools
Business at Microsoft, in a statement. "Customer and partner feedback was
instrumental in shaping this release. The functionality of Visual Studio 2010,
.NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4 creates a
powerful and unique combination, opening up new opportunities for developers to
build applications that take advantage of new and existing devices, as well as
emerging platforms like cloud services."
In addition, about 50 Microsoft partners, including Micro Focus, Quest
Software, Telerik and Developer Express, announced availability of products and
solutions built on this latest wave of technologies. With the 2010 release of
Visual Studio, developers will have access to popular partner extensions
earlier than ever, the company said.
However, Microsoft is releasing the technologies a little later
than expected. Last December the company decided to add another interim
release of the software to get more feedback from testers. Microsoft officials
said the issue was ensuring that the tools platform could deliver maximum
performance for developers.
"That was a big deal for us," Amos said. "We made a call to
hold off. We could have shipped it, but we said let's make sure it's rock-solid
from day one. We wanted the experience to be incredible, and it is."
Amos said Visual Studio 2010 and .NET
Framework 4 have something for every developer. The new editor, now using
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), delivers a more flexible, feature-rich
environment that supports concepts such as the use of multiple monitors. This
enables a developer to have one monitor with code, another with the user
interface designer and yet another with database structure, Amos said.
Moreover, with support for the latest Microsoft releases, developers can use
their existing skills to create more types of applications than ever. Built-in
support for Windows 7 multitouch and "ribbon" interfaces enables developers to
deliver rich, interactive applications to end users. And for the first time,
developers have integrated access to SharePoint functionality into the Visual
Studio integrated development environment (IDE),
Amos said. Windows Azure tools make it easy to quickly develop, debug, test and
deploy cloud applications from within the familiar Visual Studio environment.
In addition, built-in support for ASP.NET
Model-View-Controller gives developers the flexibility to separately update the
appearance and core business logic of Web applications. Windows Phone 7
developers will be able to build compelling mobile applications using Visual
Studio with integrated phone design surfaces. And Silverlight 4 creates a whole
new way to deliver applications that run inside and outside the browser, the
For its part, .NET Framework 4 delivers
additional support for industry standards, more language choice, new support
for high-performance middle-tier applications including parallel programming,
and side-by-side installation with .NET
Framework 3.5. With the .NET Framework 4
Client Profile, the size of the runtime has been decreased by over 80 percent,
making it easier for developers to get applications up and running faster.
And Silverlight 4 delivers media and business application capabilities that
enable developers to deliver application experiences on or off the Web. New
features in Silverlight 4 include extended out-of-browser capabilities,
enhancements for enterprise application developers and more than 60
customizable prewritten controls to quickly build rich, interactive
Amos said a key theme for VS2010 was simplicity. "We wanted to be able
to allow developers to keep it simple, but dream big," he said, noting
that the Microsoft tools story has been consistent for many years. That
consistency enables the company to deliver tools and development platforms for
developers that allow them to use what they are familiar with to create applications
that can run across a variety of environments-from the cloud to mobile devices.
"A lot of the same components are in place, so developers can leverage
the skills they have to build Web applications and other types of applications
from within Visual Studio," Amos said. "We can enable them to
optimize their code for the different platforms."
To address the growing complexity of software development, Visual Studio
2010 provides tools for the entire team. IntelliTrace, a "time machine" for
developers and testers, makes nonreproducible bugs virtually a thing of the
past by recording the application's execution history and providing
reproduction of the reported bug, enabling the tester to help squash the bug
once and for all. This is just one of the many new features that have been
added to help with application lifecycle management (ALM), representing a
quantum leap for anyone using the Visual Studio Team System products from 2005
or 2008, Amos said.
"Our customers rely on us to solve for the unique needs of their businesses,
and in order to do that, we need tools and technologies that enable maximum
efficiency, reliability, integration and creativity," said Peter Duffell, vice
president of strategic partners at Micro Focus, in a statement. "Our
next-generation developer tools build on the already-proven capabilities of
Visual Studio, .NET Framework and
Silverlight and expand the value to our customers even further."
"The enhanced testing features in Visual Studio 2010 automate the majority
of common tasks and streamline the flow of information across our team," said
Steve Schlonski, vice president of Global Technology and Offering Development
at Xerox Global Services, in a statement. "This has led to a significant
productivity increase; when you combine this with the ability to have a single
unified view of project status, it dramatically drives down project risk."
To download, purchase or get more information on Visual Studio 2010, go here. For the .NET
Framework, go here. And for Silverlight 4, go here.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.