Visual Studio 2010 RC released to MSDN subscribers

It’s out there! Microsoft yesterday released Visual Studio 2010 RC to their MSDN subscribers. If you have an account, head over there and get the new bits.

For the ones who don’t have an MSDN subscriber account, it will be available to you on 10th of February.

Screencast on Channel 9: Jason Zander: Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate Released

New in Visual Studio 2010: More and online templates

There are a lot of new project templates standard out of the box with Visual Studio 2010. Something that immediately caught my eye was that SharePoint have a lot more templates then before. Which is a very good thing.


Other templates that could become very handy:

  • Ajax control templates
  • Visual Studio 2010 Extensibility (VSIX, Adornments,..)
  • Modeling projects
  • etc..

If you don’t find what you want between these templates, you could always have a look at the Online templates. Here you can find templates people from the community have shared.


So Microsoft has really done a good job of providing us with these new template projects.

If you want to share your own template, that is also possible. Just go to the Visual Studio Gallery and upload them there. Than they will also be available for others in the online templates section.

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New in Visual Studio 2010: Run T-SQL from the IDE

I’m that kind of person that wants to know what’s installed on his machine. Visual Studio installs a lot of extra components. Things you probably don’t care about, you just know it’s something that you could use with Visual Studio. new things that I see with Visual Studio 2010 are for instance Microsoft Sync Framework. You wouldn’t even know it’s there unless you go and look the config panel under Programs and Features. Some other things that are installed with Visual Studio 2010 are:

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Data-Tier Application Framework

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Data-Tier Application Project

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Transact-SQL Language Service

You probably already figured it out that this has something to do with SQL Server 2008. But what exactly?

Well it’s all there for the Data menu in Visual Studio 2010. From that menu you could previously look at the data sources and add data sources and things like that. From now on, you can do a bit more than that. You get a complete SQL management studio Express experience bundled with Visual Studio 2010.


I really like that you can run your queries directly from the Visual Studio IDE. You even get the IntelliSense which always is a great help:


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New in Visual Studio 2010: Call hierarchy

Call Hierarchy is something which I think will be a very handy new feature in VS2010. First of all you can see which parts of your code are making a call to a specified method and then you can see which calls are made from this method..and so on. To specify your method just right click on the method name and select View Call Hierarchy. Shortcut for Call hierarchy is CTRL + ALT + K.


This will show you what calls are made to the method and also which calls are made from that method. This is very if you need to know where a certain method is used. You also have Find All References. I know that but that’s not comparable with Call Hierarchy. The level of detail with Call Hierarchy is much bigger. As you can see in the screenshot below, you can drill down, see the complete calling structure. You get the idea…


If you have an interface and want to know which concrete classes are using your interface, then you can also use Call hierarchy:


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New in Visual Studio 2010: Navigate to…

“Navigate to” is just a simple way to find a certain method ASAP without using the search. I could do this kind of searching for a method already before with ReSharper. But if I have to be honest, I think Navigate to will be used more. I’m not to sure because I don’t know all the ReSharper shortcuts, but with ReSharper I had to push two shortcuts. First I had to look for the object, then when I would be in the object, I had to search for the method. With Navigate to.. once you start typing it will go look for anything that matches that criteria. Class, property, method..doesn’t matter.


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New in Visual Studio 2010: More then one IDE

From now on you can run VS2010 and VS2008 on the same machine. This is new, because back in the day when I was working with Visual Studio 2005. When I tried to install VS2008, I first had to remove VS2005. For me this was a problem at the time because if you are working on a project in VS2005 and open it in VS2008, it will convert it. When you are a alone, that’s no issue, but if you are in a team and not everybody want to upgrade, then there’s an issue. Of course there are ways to overcome this problem, but that’s not advisable. Anyway, the problem will be the same here. Once you upgrade your solution to VS2010, you will also not be able anymore to open it in VS2008. But now because there are 2 IDE’s on the same machine, you are not immediately forced to upgrade the solution.

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New in Visual Studio 2010: Pin the solution

Do you also hate it when you are working with multiple solutions and that one project that you need to access a lot, always gets kicked off the recent projects list in the VS start page? No worries anymore! This is solved now! We can now pin the solution in the start page. Just like you can pin an application to the start menu.

This way we will never have to go look for it again.


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New in Visual Studio 2010: Code Zooming

When I need to do a demo for a group of people and beam my code, there is always somebody who asks if I can maybe enlarge the font size of the code. Then you need to go into the options window and start looking. (Where can I change that font size again…) From now one this has become much easier in VS2010. Now you can just change the size in your code document


Or you could just hold down the CTRL key and scroll up or down. This will have the same effect

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What’s new in Visual Studio 2010?

Well there are a lot of new things in Visual Studio 2010. The whole UI changed actually, you’ll probably have noticed that already. There are however a lot of small things, which I think are in fact completely new for you. In the upcoming posts I’ll talk about these new features.

Coming back to the new UI. I believe that moving the IDE’s UI to a WPF powered UI has brought a lot of new opportunities to the table. For me, they didn’t have to this. You also maybe think about it this way. But in the upcoming posts you will see that it has it’s advantages.

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New features discussed:

Disabling ReSharper 5.0

I am really a big fan of ReSharper! With Visual Studio 2010 I had to upgrade to version 5.0, which is currently in beta. Haven’t played with all the new features but this will come. I’m sure. Anyway..

I was looking at some new functionalities Visual Studio 2010 had to offer. Wanted to try out the new native Generate code based on usage. The problem however, well problem, is that ReSharper already had this functionality before. So if I try to call a method which is not defined in my class, ReSharper will immediately ask if it needs to create that method for me. But I wanted to see Visual Studio 2010 doing that. So I had to find a way to stop ReSharper from helping me out. Didn’t want to uninstall so I had a look in ReSharper and Visual Studio’s settings. Then I noticed that it can be done very easily from the Visual Studio Options window (Tools – Options …). Look for the ReSharper node.



As you can see, there is a button to suspend ReSharper. This click will temporarily remove all ReSharper’s power. Afterwards you can of course enable it again without a problem.

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