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New, cooler tools for developers

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. Together, these technologies simplify the entire development process.

tech reviews Updated: Apr 20, 2010 18:58 IST

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. Together, these technologies simplify the entire development process, enabling developers to target new platforms and build high-quality applications. The announcement was made at TechED 2010, held from April 12 to 14, Microsoft’s technology conclave in India for developers, IT professionals and technology/ business decision makers.

Visual Studio 2010 provides powerful tools for the entire team. IntelliTrace makes nonreproducible bugs a thing of the past by recording the application’s execution history and providing reproduction of the reported bug, enabling the tester to help squash the bug once and for all. This is just one of the many new features that have been added to help with Application Lifecycle Management.

The new Editor, using Windows Presentation Foundation, delivers a more flexible, feature-rich environment that supports concepts such as the use of multiple monitors. This enables a developer to have one monitor with code, another with the user interface designer, and yet another with database structure. Built-in support for Windows 7 multitouch and “ribbon” interfaces can deliver better applications to end users.

For the first time, developers will have integrated access to SharePoint functionality into the Visual Studio integrated development environment. The Windows Azure tools make it easy to quickly develop, debug, test and deploy cloud applications from within the familiar Visual Studio environment. Built-in support for ASP.NET Model-View-Controller gives developers the flexibility to separately update the appearance and core business logic of Web applications.

The .NET Framework 4 adds additional support for industry standards, more language choice, new support for high-performance middle-tier applications including parallel programming, and side-by-side installation with .NET Framework 3.5. With the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile, the size of the runtime has been decreased by over 80 percent, making it easier for developers to get applications, and therefore users, up and running faster.

New features in Silverlight 4, which released on April 15, include extended out-of-browser capabilities, enhancements for enterprise application developers, and more than 60 customisable pre-written controls to quickly build rich, interactive applications.