Visual Studio 10/4

I believe in some lingo, 10/4 or 10-4 stands for some form of affirmation. But for this blog, it means Visual Studio 2010 running on framework 4.0.

Here are my first impressions.

Install was a breeze, almost the same as the previous VS products. Except this time I wasn’t asked for a CD-Key because I installed a beta version.

After install on my simple machine (Compaq CQ40 with an AMD Sempron processor adn 2Gigs of ram) I was pleasantly surprised at how fast it starts up. Then comes the new and revamped IDE. I chose the C# dev environment and this is what the new start page looks like.

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Icons look better, look and feel is more relaxed and thank God they did not use the Expresssion studio look and feel :D.

I highly recommend going through this part of the IDE first,

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I make it a point that I often go back to the basics. This I have learned through my experience of over complicating things even before I start development. I believe this helps us to go back to the grassroots level and to avoid any confusion during the use. Also, I recommend reading the README file or the RELASE NOTES file to help you get through some of the quirks and save you a lot of time in researching for an answer that is already there.

I tested out VS2010 by creating a new project and there came a few pleasant surprises..

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Out of the box, Dynamic Data and ASP.Net MVC projects are already part of the templates. Also, do take note that you can develop plugins or apps for the MS-Office suite, both for Office 2007 and Office 14!!! Very nice….

You will also have these templates at your disposal

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Office, Silverlight and Sharepoint projects are also now part of the templates.

I am still to try it out more extensively and do visit my blog again when I take framework 4.0 for a test drive.

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