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Microsoft’s Visual Studio Pro Edition comes with some outstanding features.
You can download and install it from http://tinyurl. com/o949y9.

Cloud development
To enable developers to write code that can capture the increasing
popularity of Cloud Computing, VS 2010 comes with support for Windows Azure
(Cloud environment from Microsoft). Developers can now build, deploy, debug
services and applications for Windows Azure using Windows Azure Tools for VS.
You can download this tool from http://tinyurl. com/mgozgh. It enables you to
host and run your application on Internet (Microsoft data centers), also also
automatically manages resources, load balancing, replication and application
life cycle. Features included in VS for Cloud support are: C# and VB Project
templates for building Cloud Services, tools to change the service role
configuration, integrated local development via development fabric and
development storage services, debugging cloud service roles running in the
development fabric, building and packaging of cloud service packages, and
browsing to Azure Services developer portal.

Direct Hit!

Applies To: .NET Developers
USP: Parallel programming, cloud support,
F#, TDD
Primary Link:
www.msdn.com
Keywords: Visual Studio 2010

Parallel programming
To increase the overall computation power, processors are coming with
multiple cores on a single die. To successfully harness the power of multi-core
or many core systems, conventional sequential applications need to be
redesigned. You need to break sequential application into modules to be
processed on different cores which is very difficult.

To enable developers to build applications that can harness multi-core
capability, VS 2010 comes with following features: Parallel pattern Library,
native C++ libraries that use lambda function and align well with Standard
Template Library (STL), Parallel Extension to .NET Framework, library based
support for imperative data and task parallelism via the Task Parallel Library,
support for declarative data parallelism via PLINQ, and work coordination and
managing shared state via Coordination Data Structures, Concurrency Runtime,
resource management of multi-core hardware and task scheduling, parallel
debugging windows which will provide a view of tasks running in the application,
and a graphical view of parallel call stacks, Parallel profiling views which
will give developers an understanding of their application’s core utilization,
thread behavior and contention blocking, and thread execution pattern per core.

When compared to previous versions of Visual Studio, this
one has better interface making navigation easy and faster.

SharePoint development
Microsoft SharePoint support is also provided in VS 2010. Developers can
quickly create or update SharePoint elements, use Server explorer to browse
SharePoint site and its content, and import existing SharePoint content using
the WSP Importer.

Windows 7 development
VS 2010 comes with full library and header support for Windows 7. Updates
are done to Microsoft Foundation Class Library to support Windows 7 user
interface elements like Ribbon, live icons, search access, and multi-touch
interface.

Office business app development
Using VS 2010, developers can build Office client application that span
multiple versions of Office i.e. 32-bit or 64-bit. These application can now be
deployed as a single package. Besides, development of Office application itself
has become easier with designer support for building flexible UI in Windows
Presentation Foundation or Fluent.

Test driven development support
VS2010 also comes with testing support with TDD tool. In this approach of
development, a developer first writes unit tests based on the product
specification, and then writes source code to make a test succeed. VS 2010
supports TDD by generating new types and members in your source code when you
first reference them in your test cases, before they are defined.

F# support
F# is the functional programming language for .NET framework. This strongly
typed language uses type inference. This means that data type need not be
explicitly declared by programmers, instead they are declared by complier during
compilation. F# takes best features of both imperative and declarative
programming paradigms making it a language which both scientists and programmers
can easily identify. VS 2010 comes with F# project template. Check out a sample
implementation of this language, in another article, in this issue.

In Visual Studio 2010, developers can build Office client
apps that can span multiple versions.
Using Visual Studio 2010, developers can create projects
targeting different versions of .NET. Also, there are plenty of new features
including F# Language.

Other features
Besides writing code, understanding code is also important. VS 2010 comes
with integrated features that help developers to undersatnd code effectively.
Features like ‘Document Map Margin’ render graphical view of source file while
‘Inline Call Hierachy’ feature enables a developer to select an entity or method
and see how the code calls inwards or outwards or passes the entity in and out
of the code section.

Web development is also enhanced in this latest version of VS with next
generation ASP.NET web tools to develop MVC (Model View Controller) based
websites. VS 2010 is also the first version to natively support JQuery.

To simplify web site deployment, VS 2010 comes with ‘One Click Deployment’
which enables developers to identify components of a website that need to be
deployed and handle the process of moving them from the development machine to
the web server.

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