Microsoft announced the next version of its developer platform, which will be named Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0. Microsoft said VS10 will focus on five key areas (in marketing-speak): riding the next-generation platform wave, inspiring developer delight, powering breakthrough departmental applications, enabling emerging trends such as cloud computing, and democratizing application life-cycle management (ALM).
"With Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0, we are focused on the core pillars of developer experience, support for the latest platforms spanning client, server, services and devices, targeted experiences for specific application types, and core architecture improvements," said S. Somasegar, senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. "These pillars are designed specifically to meet the needs of developers, the teams that drive the application life cycle from idea to delivery, and the customers that demand the highest quality applications across multiple platforms."
Key features include:
- Modeling tools. VS10 will enable both technical and non-technical users to create and use models to collaborate and to define business and system functionality graphically. VS10 will support both UML and Domain Specific Language support.
- Improved efficiency throughout the test cycle. New features include the ability to eliminate non-reproducible bugs, fast setup and deployment of tests to ensure the highest degree of completeness of test, focused test planning and progress tracking, and ensuring that all code changes are properly tested.
- Substantial improvements in collaboration capabilities. The capabilities and scalability of Team Foundation Server (TFS) will be improved. Teams can track work more easily by linking work items with code and models. Visual Studio Team System also introduces workflow-based builds to catch errors before they have a chance to affect the rest of the team or, worse, enter production.
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Press Release
- InfoWorld article
- InfoWorld Sneak Peak with screen shots
- CNET: Visual Studio 2010 to come with "black box"
- CIO: Developers respond to Visual Studio 2010
Article published on September 29, 2008
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