“What’s New in Visual Studio 2010 – More Than You May Realise”

I was reading Tim’s post over here with the same title as this one where he was suggesting that Microsoft may be underselling Visual Studio 2010.

I suspect that the problem is that VS 2010 is huge and there’s a lot of material out there but some of it looks to be published in small fonts and isn’t perhaps as navigable or discoverable as it might be.

I thought I’d highlight a few resources around VS 2010.

In terms of What’s New in VS2010, there’s a decent MSDN topic here;

What’s New in Visual Studio 2010

which breaks things down into

  • Languages
    • VB 10
    • C# 4
    • C++
    • F#
  • .NET Framework
  • Team System
  • Editor
  • Deployment
  • Office Development
  • Data Development
  • SharePoint Development
  • Concurrency Runtime ( i.e. C++ rather than Parallel )
  • Extensions
  • Start Page

I won’t break down all those topics but the .NET Framework one is worth breaking down although I’m not breaking it down in quite as detailed a fashion as the website does;

  • .NET Framework V4.0
    • App Compat & Deployment incl Client Profile & in-process side-by-side .NET
  • Parallel Extensions
  • Security Model Changes
  • Code Contracts
  • Primary Interop Assembly embedding
  • DLR
  • Memory Mapped Files
  • ASP.NET 4.0 and Dynamic Data
  • WPF 4.0
  • Managed Extensibility Framework
  • ADO.NET Entity Framework V4
  • ADO.NET Data Services
  • WCF 4.0
  • WF 4.0

Some of those areas see incremental changes (e.g. WCF) whilst others are brand new (e.g. MEF, Parallel) and others have huge changes (e.g. EF, WF).

Channel 9 has a VS 2010 and .NET Framework V4.0 training course which follows similar lines – click the picture to jump to it;


in that it’s broken down into;

  • Overview
  • Languages
  • Data
  • WCF and WF
  • Parallel
  • Application Lifecycle Management

and that’s downloadable;


and Channel 9 also has 39 episodes ( yes, 39 episodes! ) of the 10-4 Show which you can find up here ( click the picture );


on just about every topic under the sun. Those episodes have great viewing figures and I noticed that the videos that have been most popular are;

and I think it’s really interesting that the “code focused” video does so well because it lines up with a personal view that these kinds of topics appeal to the vast majority of developers.

There’s also, of course, a tonne of material from PDC09;


I daresay there’s a bunch more places that you could go to for information and if people suggest them, I’ll add them to this post.