Yesterday I had the pleasure of talking to a guy from the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework team. He introduced me to a Code Sample Browser app for Windows Store that gives developers a way to search, download and browse over 4500 code samples from MSDN Samples Gallery. The Sample Browser is also available for the Desktop.
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For some time now I have developed XAML based Windows Store apps using Visual Studio Ultimate 2012. The apps are built for clients as part of my company targeting consumers. What I’m trying to get to is that I use Visual Studio and the built-in templates quite a lot. And with that also comes some features requests :)
The built-in solution templates are fine. They are good for getting started and learning about the new guidelines for building Windows Store apps and Windows Phone apps. I guess that every Windows Store developer have tried to build a demo app based on the templates. So my issues comes to adding new items to my projects. Every time I add a new Page or new UserControl to a project, I have to delete 20 lines of comments in the XAML and in the code-behind (especially for Windows Phone 8). The comments describe how to get started using the items and how to read more about the type of item. This is great information for new developers or developers getting to know the platform – but it’s not appropriate in a pro tool like Visual Studio Ultimate. Why not have it in a starter kit or in the Express editions of Visual Studio (only).
To answer a comment that most likely will pop-up – yes I’m aware that it’s possible to customize the content of the items. It just shouldn’t be necessary in pro tools like Visual Studio. I think.
Great VS2010 extension by Microsoft that keep zoom level in sync across all tabs.
“This extension creates a global zoom level so that if you zoom a single window, all editor instances will be updated to that zoom level. This helps a great deal if you want to use zooming during a presentation.”
Download it at http://bit.ly/9dqltR
VS2010 Beta 2 has support for SL3 development and includes SL3 SDK build 3.0.40818. There is a known issue installing VS2010 Beta 2 (and Web Developer Express 2010 Beta 2) on computers running SL3 SDK build 3.0.40624 that is installed with VS2008 and Expression Blend 3.
To fix the issue you need to uninstall SL3 SDK build 3.0.40624 from Add/Remove Programs and then install SL3 SDK build 3.0.40818 from http://go2.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=157102.
Visual Studio 2010 RC is now available to MSDN subscribers.
There are some know issues – one of them is Silverlight 4 projects are not yet supported. “We will be adding VS 2010 RC support for SL4 with the next public Silverlight 4 drop. If you are doing active Silverlight 4 development today we recommend staying with the VS10 Beta 2 build for now.”
Endelig er Beta2 på gaden :) inklusive Silverlight understøttelse out-of-the-box. Desværre ingen understøttelse for .NET RIA Services endnu.
I forbindelse med PDC08 blev der også frigivet et CTP af .NET 4.0 og Visual Studio 2010.
Jeg har desværre ikke haft tiden til at lege med VS2010 endnu – men ud fra diverse videoer og blogs, så tyder det på, at der er noget godt i vente.
En af de ting som jeg er specielt spændt på, er selve IDE’en. IDE’en til VS2010 er opbygget i WPF ligesom Expression Blend. At Microsoft vælger WPF giver en masse nye muligheder som bliver interessant at se, hvorvidt (og i hvilken grad) de er udnyttet.
The Future of C# (PDC08)
Microsoft Visual Studio- Web Development Futures (PDC08)
C# 4.0 Samples and Whitepapers (MSDN)