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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.