Tech-Ed Barcelona: Visual Studio 2010 News Amid VS 2008 Price Cuts
Microsoft is showcasing new functionality in Visual Studio 2010 this week at
EMEA 2008 Developers Conference
in Barcelona. More details about planned
features in the next-generation toolset are coming to light as the company slashes
pricing on different versions of VS 2008 by as much as 30 percent.
The first VS
2010 CTP appeared on Oct. 28 as part of "the goods" given to attendees
of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles. At PDC,
Microsoft highlighted its support for emerging technologies such as parallelism,
the new Windows Azure services platform and Windows 7. Scott Guthrie, corporate
vice president of the Developer Division, also showcased the new Visual Studio
editor built on Windows Presentation Foundation and the new Managed Extensibility
Framework during his PDC keynote.
At Tech-Ed EMEA this week, Visual Studio General Manager Jason Zander is providing
a closer look at Microsoft's plans for VS 2010. The upcoming IDE will support
Microsoft's next-generation platforms including .NET 4.0, Windows 7, Office
14 and SharePoint. It will also integrate several existing out-of-band technologies
jQuery support, one-click deployment of ASP.NET apps and Silverlight 2 tooling.
SharePoint tooling such as an explorer and project template -- basic functionality
not available in VS 2008 -- will be added.
A new Virtual Lab Management feature in Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010
is designed to speed up testing, with quick setup and tear-downs using virtual
machines that can capture user states and reproduce bugs.
"If you are building a distributed application, you might have in your
environment a back-end server, a middle tier and potentially a couple of different
environments for a client -- some of your clients may be running Windows XP,
some Vista, some may be running a down-level version of Office," said Dave
Mendlen, director of developer marketing at Microsoft. "What we can do
is capture a virtual machine that represents each of the end user states, as
well as setting up a virtual machine for middle-tier and back-end servers, and
now we can dynamically set, tear down and restore virtual environments to a
clean state so you as a tester can very quickly, if you want to, run your tests
Microsoft is also trying to win over native coders still loyal to VS 6.0 with
new code-driven features such as the ability to handle massive amounts of code
(project systems and file sizes), a quick search across languages filters, and
a "generate from usage" feature, which allows developers "to
generate a type, constructor, method or property by inferring its usage in code."
More details on these features, many of which appear in the first CTP, is available
in Microsoft Corporate Vice President Soma S. Somasegar's blog.
Steps to help developers embrace Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle
(SDL), especially as the company looks to the cloud, are also being taken. A
new SDL Optimization Model template for Visual Studio, designed to help managers
implement SDL in their own organizations, is now available for download on MSDN.
In addition, dev team managers can try out the beta release of the SDL Threat
Modeling Tool designed for Windows and SQL Server. To further SDL best practices,
Microsoft is also announcing an SDL Pro Network to offer small and large companies
additional guidance through trained partners and security experts. The program,
which launched this month, is in a one-year pilot phase with limited membership.
Right now, it consists of nine service providers, among them Cigital Inc., IOActive
Inc. and Verizon Business.
The VS 2008 price promotions, which started Oct. 1 and will continue to roll
out through Dec. 1, are designed to provide discounts to developers using competitive
products and to those already in the Microsoft ecosystem who may want to upgrade
to the Microsoft Developer Network or VSTS.
"We are now giving a 30 percent discount to step up from VS Pro to Team
Developer, and if you have Team Developer and you want to step up to the Team
Suite, we also have a 30 percent discount," Mendlen said.
Starting today, developers can attach MSDN Premium Subscriptions to VS Pro
and receive several products including the VS 2010 download when it ships. They
can also gain access to VSTS Developer Edition and VSTS Database Edition, two
products which will be rolled up in VS 2010. More information on the price promotions,
which are expected to continue through June 1, 2009, can be found here.
Kathleen Richards is the editor of RedDevNews.com and executive editor of Visual Studio Magazine.