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Did you see the announcements over the last month on Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0? Are you still wondering what is new and improved in those products? There is a lot!

I’ve been developing on .NET since the beta of 1.0 and I can tell you that this release is as exciting as any of the previous releases. There are a lot of improvements both in the technology and the way that we’ll build applications on the .NET Framework.

There will be a larger learning curve for this release than for previous releases – it will still feel familiar, but to take advantage of the new technologies, you’ll need to invest some time to learn how to use them. There’s enough there that it’s worth taking time now to understand what’s coming.

What’s the best way to do that? Here’s three ways you can start learning today:

  1. Get your hands on the product by downloading the Visual Studio 2010 CTP VPC. This is a pre-configured VPC that you can use to start learning about the new features. There are even walkthroughs for each technology that show you how everything works.
  2. Check out the Visual Studio 2010 Training Kit. This kit has several presentations and hands-on-labs that will walk you through various parts of Visual Studio and .NET Framework technologies.
  3. View the videos on Channel9. There are two themed weeks of videos that really do a great job of covering what’s coming in Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. Everything from languages, to IDE enhancements, debugging and team system are covered. Here is a complete list of the videos across both weeks:

Visual Studio & .NET Framework 4.0

Introduction by Jason Olson

- Visual Studio 2010 Overview, Jason Zander
- Key Themes for Visual Studio 2010, Soma

- C# 4.0 Implementation and Design Questions, Anders Hejlsberg
- VB 10, Lucian Wischik
- C++ 10: 10 is the new 6, Amit Mohindra

- Being Code-Focused with Visual Studio 2010, Karen Liu
- Test-Driven Development and Visual Studio 2010, Karen Liu
- Future of Visual Studio Extensibility, Rico Mariani

Concurrency and Parallelism 
- Parallel Extensions to the .NET Framework 4.0, Stephen Toub
- Parallel Patterns Library (Native Parallelism), Rick Molloy
- Parallel Debugging Tools in Visual Studio 2010, Daniel Moth

Web Tools
- Sharepoint Development with Visual Studio 2010, Reza Chitsaz
- Web Development and Deployment with Visual Studio 2010, Vishal Joshi

Visual Studio Team System

Introduction by Brian Keller

- 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
- 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
- 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
- Lab Management coming to Visual Studio Team System 2010

Team Foundation Server
- 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

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 3:39 PM | Back to top

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