My Favorite New Features in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

On Tuesday, April 13th, Microsoft released Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 (which includes ASP.NET 4.0). To get started with Visual Studio 2010 you can either download a trial version of one of the commercial editions or you can go grab the free Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Edition. The Visual Studio 2010 user experience is noticeably different than with previous versions. Some of the changes are cosmetic - gone is the decades-old red and orange color scheme, having been replaced with blues and purples--while others are more substantial. For instance, the Visual Studio 2010 shell was rewritten from the ground up to use Microsoft's Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

In addition to an updated user experience, Visual Studio introduces an array of new features designed to improve developer productivity. There are new tools for searching for files, types, and class members; it's now easier than ever to use IntelliSense; the Toolbox can be searched using the keyboard; and you can use a single editor - Visual Studio 2010 - to work on.

This article explores some of the new features in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather highlights those features that I, as an ASP.NET developer, find most useful in my line of work. Click here to read the full article, My Favorite New Features in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010!



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Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell is the Editor, founder, and primary contributor to 4GuysFromRolla.com. In addition to founding 4GuysFromRolla.com, Scott also created ASPFAQs.com and ASPMessageboard.com. He works as a freelance writer, trainer, and consultant and resides in California.

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    Posted by jackzhangonlyone on 04/15/2010 02:35am

    My favorite new features are the following: 1. New classwizard is back for Visual C++. 2. New mfc1000.dll and MSVCRT.dll Jackie ------------------------------------------------------------------- E-XD++ Library (http://www.ucancode.net)

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