Visual Studio 2010

What a great week for Microsoft developers!  Visual Studio 2010 released Monday.  Silverlight 4 released yesterday.  The Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio are still in RC with the second release candidate made available this week.  Plus, the SharePoint team just anounced that SharePoint 2010 RTM today.
Another important milestone is that F# is now an official Microsoft product.  F# has been “productized“.  Congradulations to Don Syme, Luke Hoban, and all at Microsoft for all their hard work from going from a research project started by Don Syme in 2002 to a product led by Luke Hoban.  Thanks guys!
Included in Visual Studio 2010 are a ton of great technologies:
  • .NET 4.0
  • F# 2.0
  • MEF
  • Silverlight 3
  • SharePoint 2007 Workflow templates
  • SharePoint 2010 Project Templates (12 of them!)

Many of the items above were available in VS 2008 as separate downloadable extensions.  But it is nice to have included.

Silverlight Improvements in Visual Studio 2010 include:

  • Silverlight Design (VS 2008 does not have a design view, just XAML)
  • F# Silverlight Library Project Template

One thing that didn’t make it into Visual Studio 2010 is:

  • Silverlight 4 Tools (this is currently in release candidate 2 as mentioned above)

Also, still awaiting release is the final F# 2.0 release for VS 2008 and Mono.  Every release of F# has included both a MSI (for Visual Studio integration) and zip file (for Mono developers.)  Currently the latest is called the April CTP.  Perhaps this is the final release.  If so, I wish they would take the “Community Technology Preview” label off.

To celebrate the launch of Visual Studio 2010 locally, the F# User Group will be conducting a combined event with The .NET Rocks Visual Studio 2010 Road Trip at Microsoft New England Research and Design Center (NERD) at 1 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA.  Register for this event here. So join us.  Here is the schedule:
Time Topic
5:00pm-5:30pm Registration, Food
5:30pm-6:15pm .NET Rocks Interview
6:30pm-7:15pm F# Introduction and Panel Discussion on .NET Rocks (Richard, Talbott, & Rick)
7:30pm-8:15pm Road Trip Tracking Application Demonstration built in Siliverlight 4 (Carl)
8:30pm-9:00pm Swag give away

This stop for Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell will include an intro to F# and a special topic panel dicussion on F# featuring New England F# User leaders:

Hope to see you there!

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