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Announcement: Windows Phone 7 Opens to Visual Basic

by James Vastbinder on  Dec 01, 2010

On November 29th, the Visual Basic team announced the Release To Web version of Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools. This is exciting news for the large number of Visual Basic developers to achieve almost parity with the C# developer community in regards to Windows Phone 7 development of applications.

DB2 Debugging in Visual Studio 2010

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 13, 2010

IBM is offering a demo of their DB2 Add-ins for Visual Studio 2010. In addition to "full end to end debugging for SQL procedures for VB and C# apps”, it includes ADO.NET and Entity Framework providers for many of the DB2 variants.

Mixing Visual Studio 2008 and 2010

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 11, 2010

Developers can upgrade to Visual Studio 2010 while other team members on the same project are still using Visual Studio in 2008. But in order to do so you need to know a few tricks such as the langversion flag.

Does Azure Debugging Cost Too Much?

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 07, 2010 1

Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, is reasonably priced for what it offers. A basic package can be had for under $100/month. But if anything goes wrong you are going to want some debugging support. Unfortunately the only tool worth talking about is IntelliTrace, which costs 11,899 USD per developer.

Microsoft Announces IIS Express – A New Built-In Web Server for Visual Studio

by Jon Arild Tørresdal on  Jun 30, 2010

Scott Guthrie recently announced IIS Express, a light weight alternative to IIS and a potential replacement of Cassini (the built in web server for Visual Studio). IIS Express is intended to solve the pain points reported in Cassini and enable developers to develop using a full IIS 7.x feature-set. It’s not available for download yet, but according to Scott should be available shortly.

Introducing Sun Yiyi’s Git Source Control Provider for Visual Studio 2008/2010

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 15, 2010 2

Many .NET developers have turned to distributed source control systems. The most popular one seems to be Git, which was originally created by Linus Torvalds for Linux kernel development. One problem with Git is that it is predominately command-line based while .NET developers prefer to stay in the IDE. This is why Sun Yiyi’s Git Source Control Provider an important part of Git adoption.

Major UI Upgrade for Visual Studio 2010

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 08, 2010

Visual Studio has received a major UI upgrade via the add-in Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools. In addition to finally fixing the Add References dialog, the major change is what they are calling “Document Well 2010 Plus”. This significantly alters the way tabs are handled in the document pane.

CodeRush Xpress for C# and VB for Visual Studio 2010

by Abel Avram on  May 12, 2010 2

Microsoft has decided to continue licensing CodeRush Xpress for free for developers using the non-free editions of Visual Studio 2010. Developer Express has released the beta version of CodeRush 10.1.1, containing features related to code selection, code navigation, class/field/variable declaration and refactoring.

Toad for Oracle Has an Extension for Visual Studio 2010

by Abel Avram on  Apr 15, 2010 1

Toad is a set of database administration, development and performance optimization tools for major databases like Oracle, DB2, SQL Server, or MySQL. Quest Software has created a Visual Studio Extension for Toad for Oracle in order to benefit from VS features like code refactoring, version tracking, collaboration, unit testing or life cycle management.

Visual Studio Dropping Support for Itanium

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 08, 2010

SQL Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Visual Studio 2010 will be the last major versions to support Intel’s Itanium processor. While extended support will be offered for 8 years, new investments in the Itanium should be weighed carefully against AMD’s far more popular x64 architecture.

Custom Code Analysis in Visual Studio 2010

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2010

Microsoft’s .NET code analysis tool, FXCop, has offered the ability to create custom code analysis rules for many years, but the experience has been less than stellar. The version for VS 2010 offers some improvements and a better integration story, but some fundamental problems still remain.

Marshal.ReleaseComObject Is Considered Dangerous

by Abel Avram on  Mar 19, 2010

Paul Harrington, Principal Developer on the Visual Studio Platform Team, has written an explanation on why calling Marshal.ReleaseComObject() to dispose of a COM object from managed code is considered dangerous and recommends not using it.

New Features in .NET 4: Charts, SEO, and Extensible Output Cache

by Abel Avram on  Feb 17, 2010

The upcoming version 4.0 release of the .NET Framework comes with many new improvements, some of which have been covered previously on InfoQ. This article explores three more new features which are arriving with .NET 4.0: Chart Controls, SEO support and Extensible Output Cache in ASP.NET 4.

NDepend 3.0 Is Integrated with Visual Studio

by Abel Avram on  Feb 04, 2010

NDepend 3.0 comes integrated with Visual Studio analyzing code in real time, can analyze code over multiple VS solutions, supports editing of multiple CQL rules at one time, and comes with enhanced search and performance.

Visual Studio/SQL Server Reporting Services Continue to be Incompatible

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 22, 2010 1

Despite years of complaining from developers and the mockery of vendors such as IBM, Microsoft is continuing its policy of shipping components of Visual Studio that are incompatible with the current version SQL Server Reporting Services.

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