Publishing improvements, Team Build capability and streamlined service creation allow developers to centrally manage all aspects of application creation and deployment.
Microsoft has released Windows Azure Tools 1.4, an update to the Visual Studio extension that allows developers to create applications for Windows Azure. The new features include performance profiling, MVC 3 support, package validation, and support for multiple service configurations.
NuGet will now be available in version 1.4 which improves over version 1.3 with features such as ability to manage packages at the solution level, improvement in Update–Package command, support in constraining the range of versions while updating packages and more. Along with the new features there are total of 88 work item fixes, 71 out of those being bug fixes.
Developers can finally get their hands on the Debugger Canvas, a new Power Tool for Visual Studio that gives Code Bubbles like experience for navigating contextual code snippets. It displays the code of each of the methods you step into on a canvas with call lines between them, helping to keep track of the bigger picture as well as the details.
A General Distribution Release of .NET 4 was published on the 11th of June. This includes numerous fixes and features, many of which were previously published as individual hot fixes. There are also updates to the HTML 5 and portable library support. For your convenience we have sorted the fix list by technology. For the complete list, including file versions, see KB 2468871.
SQL Server Development Tools (SSDT), codenamed "Juneau", provide a new Visual Studio-based development environment for SQL Server. Some of its features are already available in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, but SSDT includes some key new additions such as the close integration of Database and Application Projects.
Spec Explorer 2010 version 3.5 is an extension for Visual Studio 2010 that allows users to generate reusable test code and create, analyze and reproduce graphical models of software behavior. In addition to several bug fixes and improved documentation, this release of Spec Explorer includes enhancements to model change detection, multiple machine processing and the Cord editor.
Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscribers will receive the new Visual Studio 2010 Load Test Feature Pack with Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1. Developers are now able to load-test applications with no limit on virtual users and no need to purchase extra user packs.
Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 allows publishing an application to Windows Azure, has improved runtime and design-time performance, better runtime UI, and allows any authenticated Windows user to run the application.
Visual Studio 2010’s first service pack is nearing completion. According to Brian Harry, the betas for .NET 4 SP1, VS 2010 SP1, and TFS 2010 SP1 together represent between 800 and 1,000 bug fixes. Also included is a new help system and improved support for Silverlight, x64, and .NET 3.5.
Yesterday a video was posted to the Visual C++ blog in an attempt to answer community concerns about its future. The post hit a raw nerve with the C++ community with no response from the Visual C++ team as yet.
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.
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.