Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Facts: First looks of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2
Hi there! Now that Visual Studio 2010 is almost here, here are some facts about and what's new in Visual Studio 2010.
As you may have known, some of other INDC bloggers have blogged things about VS 2010, and there is a nice prize of blogging competition on this topic. As for me, I just want to tell new interesting facts about VS 2010 especially in Beta 2 release :).
This topic is divided into these series:
- First looks of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (you're here)
- .NET 4 Beta 2 and the related C# 4.0 and VB 10
- New language into Visual Studio: F#
- WPF of .NET 4 Beta 2
- ASP.NET 4
- Team development of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2
- Extending VS 2010 Beta 2
(... and more to come!)
Now, here's the first:
First looks of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2
Note: For those didn't have Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, you can download it from this MSDN portal of Visual Studio: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/dd582936.aspx
Visual Studio 2010 comes in different editions, and it’s different in editions than in versions before 2010.
Visual Studio 2008 comes in these flavors:
- Express Edition (free to download and use, but you’ll have to install VB, Visual C#, Visual C++ and Visual Web Developer separately)
- Standard Edition
- Professional Edition
- Team System Developer and Database Edition included (it was initially in a separate edition)
- Team System Architect
- Team System Test
- Team Suite, a you can have it all edition that include Team System Developer, Database, Architect, and Test edition
Quite many, right? Now, for Visual Studio 2010 editions:
- Express Edition (free and the it is the same as Visual Studio 2008 Express)
- Professional Edition
- Premium Edition (this includes features from Team System Developer and Database)
- Ultimate edition (just like Team Suite of VS 2008, but with additional Architect tools and many more)
At first, after you install the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, you’ll see this screen: (I use 1024 x 768 resolution)
At first, you’ll notice that it has new first page! Also the Visual Studio logo is also new, although it’s still a Möbius strip, but with a nice touchy bluish theme. But one nice interesting fact is (although you can’t see this directly), Visual Studio 2010 UI is largely developed using WPF 4!
Too bad I can’t use Snoop at first on Visual Studio 2010 running instances to prove this, but you can fix Snoop directly in the code using this tips.
I also downloaded the most “complete” edition of VS 2010, the Ultimate edition. It seems Microsoft wants to sync with Windows Vista and Windows 7 editions, right?
If you select “New Project…” on the right side of the Start Page, you’ll see these project types:
There you are! You’ll see F# dubbed as Visual F# in the list of templates!
And you’ll also see lots of other new template items, such as Silverlight 3 items.
And what about the documentation? It’s not like the previous version of MSDN Library. Visual Studio 2010 has MS Help 3.0, and it’s quite different from the previous versions of MS Help.
You have to install the documentation first by “adding” it to the Help collections as a “local content”.
At first, go to menu “Help” and choose “Manage Help Setting”:
Visual Studio will then check existing configuration of MS Help 3.0 for quite some time, then a Help Manager window will come up:
Choose find content on disk:
Browse to the installation disk and go to “ProductDocumentation” folder and you’ll find:
Select the file, and then add the packages. If you have successfully added the collections restart Visual Studio soon. Go to the Manage Help Settings and you’ll see this:
Now, back to Visual Studio again. Choose menu Help then “Visual Studio Documentation”. A new browser window will pop up and it will also display the homepage of VS 2010 help:
As you see, instead of displaying the MS Help Viewer, the documentation will be displayed directly on a web browser. This is quite useful, since it takes less amount of time and memory compared to previous versions.
But this collections that shipped with VS 2010 Beta 2 is not complete, there will be a bunch of pages or links missing/broken. So, always keep the installation of MSDN Library for VS 2008 SP1, don’t uninstall it.
Now, you’re ready to code! Next: .NET 4 Beta 2 and the related C# 4.0 and VB 10…