Screencast: Visual Studio 2010 – New debugging experience

In this screencast I will have a look at the new debugging features that are introduced together with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.

Questions that will be answered in this video are:

  • What is collaborative debugging?
  • What’s new when it comes to breakpoints?
  • What are datatips and how can they help me while I’m debugging?
  • what is IntelliTrace, previously known as historical debugging and how can it improve debugging?

You will see that the lack of good collaborative debugging is a subject that they have tackled with Visual Studio 2010.
If you have any questions or remarks. Please post a comment or send me an email!

Visual Studio 2010 – New debugging experience from Sven Vanoirbeek on Vimeo.

Screencast: .net 4.0 Named and Optional parameters

Since I installed Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, I’m no investigating all the new features of .NET 4.0. I did a short video on the new named and optional parameters. The quality of the video is not fantastic, sorry for that. If you got any tips on proper encoding and better places where I can host the videos. Please let me know.

Hopefully you’ll like it.

Getting started with Visual Studio 2010 and TFS2010

A new year is just around the corner and it’s also time to start working with Visual Studio 2010, Team Foundation Server 2010 and .NET4.0. It’s packed full with new and cool features. Maybe I’ll even do some posts on these new features.

But how can you get started? Well that’s not too difficult. Microsoft has given us a lot of new VPC images for Christmas. Check out the list

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and TFS2010 (Hyper-V)

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and TFS2010 (Windows [7] Virtual PC)

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and TFS2010 (Virtual PC 2007 SP1)

Want to start setting up an image yourself and just want to have the ISOs of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Team Foundatsion Server 2010 Beta 2? No problem, Microsoft also released these bits on the Microsoft Download site:

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium Beta 2

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional Beta 2

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Beta 2

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2 (Some help is also provided: Team Foundation Installation Guide 2010)

Once everything is set up and installed, you probably want to start immediately trying out this new IDE, right? Check out this cool training kit full of demo’s, videos, hands on labs Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit

New Version of Visual Studio announced, Hello Visual Studio 2010, Hello .NET 4.0

And I can only say that I’m really looking forward to these new releases. I’ll try to give a summary of the video in this post. Like Norman Guagagno is saying VSTS 2010 will focus a lot more on ALM (Application Lifecycle Management), Architecture, Testing and several more things. With better ALM they want to involve all the different participants more in the same process and don’t integrate all the different work into a single process. What does this really mean? There are many different functions in an application lifecycle. For instance you have the analyst, the architect, the developer, the tester etc. The way it works now is that the analyst does the analysis, the architect does his logical design, the developer does his developing and the tester does his testing. Most of the time they do this in their own environment. This can sometimes lead to problems. They developer doesn’t entirely understand the logical design , the developer cannot reproduce a certain bug tester has gotten. With VSTS2010 they want all this to happen in the same environment. This will solve a lot of problems I think. Microsoft is also putting a lot of effort into creating the necessary tools ad features to make this all possible. In example there will be a lot of new tools for the architect. Microsoft has embraced UML so there will a tool for creating UML diagrams. There will also be a tool for creating better models, logical models that can even have constraints (f.e. you cannot link a presentation layer model directly to a database layer model). Another thing that I really like is the hysterical debugging. Like I said earlier sometimes a developer cannot reproduce a certain bug. Now if a tester and a developer would have access to the same environment or tool they would have some common ground. And this way it is possible to abstract environment data and share this through that same environment. This way the developer could get that abstracted data and entirely recreate the situation the tester was in.

There will also be several improvements to the already existing TFS(Team Foundation Server). There will be a better way to control the source, the work items, better dashboards to control what is in the TFS etc…

I know I didn’t talk a lot about .NET4.0 but this was a post purely on the new tool to use the new framework. The framework will be covered later.

If you want more details be sure to check out the following videos’s!

Norman Guadagno: Announcing Visual Studio Team System 2010

Architecture Day (Tuesday, September 30th):
- Cameron Skinner: Visual Studio Team System 2010 – Architecture
- “Top-down” design with Visual Studio Team System 2010
- “Bottom-up” Design with Visual Studio Team System 2010 Architect
- ARCast.TV – Peter Provost on what’s coming for Architects in Visual Studio Team System
Business Alignment (Wednesday, October 1st):
- Achieving Business Alignment with Visual Studio Team System 2010
- Agile Planning Templates in Visual Studio Team System 2010
- Enterprise Project Management with Visual Studio Team System 2010
- Requirements Management and Traceability with Visual Studio Team System 2010
Software Quality (Thursday, October 2nd):
- Better Software Quality with Visual Studio Team System 2010
- Manual Testing with Visual Studio Team System 2010
- Historical Debugger and Test Impact Analysis in Visual Studio Team System 2010
Team Foundation Server (Friday, October 3rd):
- Brian Harry: Team Foundation Server 2010
- Branching and Merging Visualization with Team Foundation Server 2010
- Enterprise Team Foundation Server Management with Mario Rodriguez
- Team Foundation Server 2010 Setup and Administration
- An early look at Team Foundation Build 2010 with Jim Lamb
- A first look at Visual Studio Team System Web Access 2010
- Update on Team Foundation Server Migration and Synchronization

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