Promises simplicity and new opportunities for developers to build applications
Microsoft has announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 and plans to release Silverlight 4 to web (RTW) later in the week, which together the company says will simplify the entire development process and enables developers to target new platforms and build high-quality applications.
The company claims that the Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 have something for every developer and the new editor, now using Windows Presentation Foundation, offers feature-rich environment that supports use of multiple monitors, enabling developers to have one monitor with code, another with user interface designer, and yet another with database structure.
Microsoft said that developers will be able to create new types of applications with support for Windows 7 multitouch and ribbon interfaces. In addition, they will have integrated access to SharePoint functionality as well as Windows Azure tools to develop, debug, test and deploy cloud applications from within the Visual Studio environment.
Developers will also be able to separately update the appearance and core business logic of web apps with built-in support for ASP.NET Model-View-Controller. Visual Studio 2010 also offers new tools including IntelliTrace, a time machine for developers and testers that records application’s execution history and provides reproduction of reported bug.
According to Microsoft, .Net Framework 4 adds additional support for industry standards, more language choice, new support for high-performance middle-tier applications including parallel programming, and side-by-side installation with .Net Framework 3.5. The Silverlight 4 will offer media and business application capabilities as well as extended out-of-browser capabilities, enhancements for enterprise application developers, and more than 60 customisable pre-written controls to build interactive applications.
In addition, approximately 50 partners, including Micro Focus, Quest Software, Telerik and Developer Express, announced availability of products and solutions built on this latest wave of technologies.
Bob Muglia, president of server and tools business at Microsoft, said: “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.”