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  • Announcing Microsoft® Visual Studio® LightSwitch™ Beta 2

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 17 2011, 7:44 PM. Posted in Visual Studio.

    Microsoft® Visual Studio® LightSwitch™ Beta 2 is available for download! MSDN subscribers using Visual Studio 2010 can download the beta immediately with general availability on Thursday, March 17.

    Please see “What’s New in Beta 2” for information on new capabilities, installation options, and compatibility notes for this release. Unfortunately, due to the many improvements in Beta 2, projects created in Beta 1 cannot be opened or upgraded. You can find instructions for moving your existing projects forward on the LightSwitch team blog.

    We are happy to announce that Beta 2 comes with a “Go Live” license which means you can now start using Visual Studio LightSwitch for production projects!

    Since the launch of Beta 1, the team has been heads down in working through your feedback and has made some improvements that I think you’ll agree are pretty cool.

    • Publish to Azure: the Publish Wizard now provides the ability to publish a LightSwitch desktop or browser application to Windows Azure, including the application’s database to SQL Azure. The team is planning a detailed tutorial of this experience that will get posted on the team blog later this week.
    • Improved runtime and design-time performance: Build times are 50% faster in Beta 2 and we have made the build management smarter to improve iterative F5 scenarios by up to 70%. LightSwitch Beta 2 applications will startup up to 30% faster than Beta 1. New features like static spans will include related data in a single query execution and improve the time to load data on a screen by reducing the total number of server round-trips. The middle tier data load/save pipeline has been optimized to improve throughput by up to 60%.
    • Runtime UI improvements: Auto-complete box, better keyboard navigation, and improved end-user experience for long-running operations.
    • Allow any authenticated Window user: When Windows authorization was selected in a LightSwitch app, you previously needed to add the Windows users who are allowed to use the application into the User Administration screen of the running application. This is cumbersome in installations where there are a large number of Windows users and when you just wanted to open the app up to all Windows users. The project properties UI now allows you to authenticate any Windows user in a LightSwitch application while still using the LightSwitch authorization subsystem for determining user permissions for specific users.

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  • Visual Studio 2010 enhancements

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 9 2011, 1:44 AM. Posted in Visual Studio.

    I'm sharing several pieces of news with the live audience in Dubai that I want to share with you as well.

    Visual Studio 2010 SP1Visual Studio 2010 shipped about 11 months ago, and we continue to work on it and respond to customer feedback received through Visual Studio Connect.  This feedback has guided our focus to improve several areas, including IntelliTrace, unit testing, and Silverlight profiling.  

    You can learn more about how we're improving Visual Studio 2010 on Jason Zander's blog later today.  On March 8th, MSDN subscribers will be able to download and install Visual Studio 2010 SP1 from their subscriber downloads.  If you're not an MSDN subscriber, you can get the update on Thursday, March 10th.

    TFS-Project Server Integration Feature PackAlso available for Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscribers via Download Center today is the TFS-Project Server Integration Feature Pack.  Integration between Project Server and Team Foundation Server enables teams to work more effectively together using Visual Studio, Project, and SharePoint and coordinates development between teams using disparate methodologies, such as waterfall and agile, via common data and metrics.

    Visual Studio Load Test Feature PackWe know that ensuring your applications perform continuously at peak levels at all times is central to your success.  Yet load and performance testing often happen late in the application lifecycle.  And fixing defects and detecting architectural and design issues later in the application lifecycle is more expensive than defects caught earlier in development.  This is why we've built load and performance testing capabilities into the Visual Studio IDE itself.

    Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2Visual Studio LightSwitch offers a simple way to develop line of business applications for the desktop and cloud.  Since the launch of Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1, we have seen over 100,000 downloads of the tool and a lot of developer excitement.  In the coming weeks, we will make available Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2.  With this second beta, we will also enable you to build line of business applications that target Windows Azure and SQL Azure. 

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  • Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta

    Posted by sumeethevans on December 9 2010, 8:11 AM. Posted in Visual Studio.

    I'm happy to announce that the Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta is now ready for download! MSDN subscribers may download the beta immediately with general availability on Thursday. Service Pack 1 Beta comes with a “go live” license which means you can start using the product for production related work (see the license agreement with the product for more details).

    Since the launch of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 earlier this year and our subsequent Feature Packs, we have been concentrating on your feedback and worked hard on the issues you reported through Connect and our survey. I just recently blogged about the results from our recent survey and called out some of the latest improvements the team has delivered. 

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  • Introducing Microsoft® Visual Studio® LightSwitch™

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 4 2010, 12:29 AM. Posted in Visual Studio.

    Today during the VSLive! keynote here in Redmond I announced a new product called Microsoft® Visual Studio® LightSwitch™, which is the simplest way to build business applications for the desktop and cloud.  LightSwitch is a new member of the Visual Studio family focused on making it easy to develop line of business applications.

    At their core, most end user business applications combine two things:  data + screens.  LightSwitch is optimized around making these two things very simple.  Let’s walk through a simple example which demonstrates how easy it is to get going.

    Hello World

    LightSwitch is a stand alone Visual Studio product (it will also be available in future versions of Visual Studio Professional and above).  VS Professional gives you a lot of options for building your application, including being able to build top tier enterprise wide apps.  This is very powerful but also presents you with a lot of options to sort out up front as you contemplate your architecture.  With LightSwitch we make it really simple with two choices:  VB or C#!

    Other Data, Including SharePoint

    Not all of your data is stored in a single database.  Often time you need to combine data from more than one database as well as other data sources.  LightSwitch makes it easy for you to do joins across disparate data sources (internally using WCF RIA Services to serve up the data).  So as an example you can attach to a SharePoint list and create new screens that combine data from a database and SharePoint.  Being able to do this kind of data mash up is very powerful.  Being able to do the join without having to write any code is just awesome :-)

    Kick Starting the Cloud

    I’m sure you’ve seen that we are “All in” on the Cloud and LightSwitch is no exception.  In fact LightSwitch has been designed to target the cloud using the same set of data and screen designers I’ve shown above.  You can easily create your schema and store data using SQL Azure.  Your running business logic can be hosted in the Azure cloud meaning you never have to do administration work.  The really powerful thing about this is there is nothing special for you to do in order to run in the cloud.  You will simply do the deploy step when you are happy with your app and then point your users at the URL.  The same is true of SQL Azure:  it is just like any other database you can target.

    Running in the Browser

    By default LightSwitch produces a desktop application.  This kind of app can work very easily with local data and can integrate with Office as mentioned above.  Some times you will also want to give access to the application in the browser.  This is very easy using the Properties settings for the application:

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  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Available

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 13 2010, 2:07 AM. Posted in Visual Studio.

    Kicking off a global launch consisting of more than 150 developer-focused events, Microsoft announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. The company also announced that Silverlight 4 will release to Web (RTW) later in the week. Together, these technologies simplify the entire development process, enabling developers to target new platforms and build high-quality applications. Developers will be able to download Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 in conjunction with the Microsoft Visual Studio Conference & Expo launch event in Las Vegas.

    “We’re excited to celebrate the launch of Visual Studio 2010 with developers around the world today,” said Bob Muglia, president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. “Customer and partner feedback was instrumental in shaping this release. The functionality of Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4 creates a powerful and unique combination, opening up new opportunities for developers to build applications that take advantage of new and existing devices, as well as emerging platforms like cloud services.”

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  • Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Deliver Beta 2 in Final Stretch to March 22 Launch

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 20 2009, 12:29 AM. Posted in Visual Studio.

    Microsoft today announced the immediate availability of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 to MSDN subscribers; general availability will follow on Oct. 21. The company also outlined a simplified product lineup and pricing options for Visual Studio 2010 as well as new benefits for MSDN subscribers, including the Ultimate Offer, available to all active MSDN Premium subscribers at the official product launch on March 22, 2010.

    Customers should begin investigating the significant innovations in each of the technologies today. New testing options in Visual Studio 2010 will help ensure quality code. Enhancements to the integrated development environment mean that whether modeling, coding, testing or debugging, developers can use existing skills to deploy a growing number of application types. Built-in tools for Windows 7 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, new drag and drop bindings for Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation, and interoperability with innovative technologies (such as those for the database, ASP.NET model view controller, unified modeling language, Expression, and multicore) allow developers to bring their visions to life. With the .NET Framework 4, developers can experience immensely smaller deployments with up to an 81 percent reduction in the framework size when using the Client Profile. Other .NET Framework 4 developer benefits include additional support for industry standards, inclusion of the Dynamic Language Runtime for more language choice, new support for high-performance middle-tier applications (including parallel programming, workflow and service-oriented applications) and backward compatibility through side-by-side installation with .NET Framework 3.5.

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  • Microsoft launches Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 beta

    Posted by sumeethevans on June 13 2009, 2:27 AM. Posted in Visual Studio.

    The few vendors busy in the virtual lab automation space (which include VMware, Surgient, VMLogix, Skytap and the almost died StackSafe) may soon have a big, big problem called Microsoft.

    After wasting years not leveraging its huge developers community to spread virtualization in every corner of the world, the company is finally moving on.

    Announced in November 2008, the integration between Visual Studio 2010, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 and Hyper-V 1.0/2.0 for virtual lab automation scenarios is now a reality called Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management.

    The product just entered the beta 1 phase and has the potential to become a huge hit in the .NET world.


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  • Download the Microsoft Visual Studio® 2010 Beta

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 28 2009, 10:47 PM. Posted in Visual Studio.

    It’s the next gen of next-gen applications. Download the Visual Studio 2010 Professional and Team System Betas and see for yourself how they’ve been designed inside and out to give you every advantage in creating groundbreaking applications — faster and easier than ever.Download Visual Studio 2010 Professional Beta nowDownload Visual Studio Team System 2010 Beta nowSee more download options


  • Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Available to MSDN Subscribers

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 19 2009, 5:32 AM. Posted in Visual Studio.

    One of the many benefits of being an MSDN Subscriber is early (and sometimes exclusive) access to early bits. Today the long awaited beta of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Fx 4 will appear on the MSDN Subscribers site. It’s not there yet but it will appear later on today. Keeping an eye on Twitter is usually a good way to see when it hits :-)

    Later in the week (probably Wednesday) updated documentation will be released on the Visual Studio 2010 homepage.

    We’re very keen for you to download, install and evaluate Visual Studio 2010. Most importantly we really need your feedback so we can improve it.

    For those of you who’ve been soldiering on with the PDC CTP VM, I’m sure this will come as a welcome relief.

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  • MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 3 (Microsoft XML Core Services)

    Posted by bink on March 7 2009, 4:07 PM. Posted in Windows (general), Visual Studio, vi.

    MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 3 (SP3) is a complete replacement of MSXML 4.0, MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2). MSXML 4.0 SP3 provides a number of security and reliability bug fixes.


    Support will end for MSXML 4.0 SP2 in November 2009. For more information about MSXML 4.0 SP3 see the release notes.




  • Microsoft "Oslo" SDK - January 2009 CTP

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 3 2009, 5:58 AM. Posted in Visual Studio.

    "Oslo" is the code name for the Microsoft's next generation application development platform. The goal of "Oslo" is to provide a 10x productivity gain across the application lifecycle (design, development, and management). "Oslo" leverages domain-specific models, languages and tools to achieve this goal.The SDK contains documentation, samples, copies of the “Oslo” models written in "M", and tools designed to help you write your own models in "M", including the code name “Intellipad” tool for code name “Oslo”.

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  • Microsoft provided first look at Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0

    Posted by vasudev on September 30 2008, 7:38 AM. Posted in .NET, Visual Studio.

     Microsoft Corp. today provided the first look at the next version of its developer tools and platform, which will be named Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0. Microsoft described the next release through the following five focus areas: 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).Today’s announcement included an in-depth look at how Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010 (code-named “Rosario”) will help democratize ALM with a unique solution that brings all the members of a development organization into the application development life cycle, and removes many of the existing barriers to integration. Additional details on the other focus areas will be disclosed over the product development cycle.“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. “Soma” 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. You can expect to hear a lot more about Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 in the coming months.”.....................Continue At Source

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