Visual Studio 2010

A 11-post collection

Beginners Guide: Hosting a Silverlight application on Windows Azure

I was wondering how easy it might be to build a Silverlight application and have it host in on Windows Azure and it turned out to be much simpler than I thought! The steps below will demonstrate everything from creating a Silverlight application all the way to having it live hosted on Windows Azure. It’s easy? Step 1: Create a new Azure Application in Visual Studio 2010 To begin we’ll start off by creating a new ‘Windows Azure Cloud Service’ in Visual Studio 2010 by selecting the ‘Cloud’ option under the Visual C# section as shown below, for the purpose of this project the solution will be named TimeServe. Step 2: Create a new ASP.NET Web Role...

Getting started with Windows Azure: Development Storage install issues

I was playing around with some Windows Azure tutorials today and was following the Create Your First Windows Azure Local Application. The tutorial is pretty simple to follow but I ran into some little issues which were very annoying? After installing the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio v1.2 I followed the tutorial’s steps to try and get the Hello World app up and running. However, after starting the application without debugging as instructed in the tutorial I got the following error. "Windows Azure Tools: Failed to initialize the Development Storage service. Unable to start Development Storage. Failed to start Development Storage: the SQL Server instance ?localhost\SQLExpress’ could not be found. Please configure the SQL Server instance...

Visual Studio 2010 Certification Exams & Learning resources

I’ve recently decided to get back into some study and maybe even do some more certification exams and though this is an opportunity to put up a post on the different exams/courses you could do that have coverage of the Visual Studio 2010 IDE. One of the ways you can get some coverage of Visual Studio 2010 in certification is through the .NET Developer certification exams ? mostly anything covering .NET 4.0 ? as can be seen in the two snap shots below which I took from the Visual Studio 2010 Certification Roadmap PDF file. And also some training courses & press books as per below. In addition to the above you can also have a look at the...

Visual Studio 2010 Recent Projects: Remove From List

One of the things that used to really annoy me in previous releases of Visual Studio is that you cannot remove items from your Recent Projects list. This can sometimes lead to you having some unwanted items in your recent projects list and the only way to remove them is to change the location of the solution and then try to open it and when Visual Studio doesn’t find it it will prompt you to remove it from the list. Annoying right? Well in Visual Studio 2010 this is no longer a problem! From the Start Page you can right-click any project or solution from the Recent Projects list and then it’s gone as per the screen shot...

Visual Studio 2010 Framework Multi-targeting

So I while I was enjoying working with the multi-monitor support in Visual Studio 2010 (Great feature!) I decided to have a play with the .NET multi-targeting features of Visual Studio 2010. I created a Visual Studio 2010 solution in .NET framework 4.0 and then decided to switch the framework version of my projects from .NET 4.0 to .NET 3.5, when I attempted to do this on my test project I got the following error message. It turns out that in Visual Studio 2010 all Test Projects must target .NET 4.0 and based on some reading I came across, this is in order to allow full utilisation of the new test enhancements in Visual Studio 2010....

Visual Studio 2010 Purchase Options

I’ve previously blogged about the different Visual Studio 2010 Product editions and thought it would probably be worthwhile also posting information on how you can get hold of the right version for you. As mentioned in my previous post, Visual Studio 2010 comes in the following editions: Visual Studio 2010 Express Visual Studio 2010 Professional Visual Studio 2010 Premium Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Visual Studio 2010 Test Professional One thing that I noticed was different with Visual Studio 2010 is that some of the Visual Studio 2010 editions (mainly the top-end ones) can only be purchases with an MSDN Subscription. Below is a list of how you can obtain each edition Visual Studio 2010 Express (This edition of Visual...

Visual Studio 2010 Launch Event almost here @ the Australian ALM Conference

So the wait for the arrival of Visual Studio 2010 is almost over. Next Tuesday the 13th of April will be the official launch of Visual Studio 2010 in Australia. The launch event for Visual Studio 2010 will be held at Luna Park in Sydney and will be part of the Australian ALM Conference which is held over 2 days Tuesday & Wednesday 13th & 14th of April. The Australian Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Conference & Visual Studio 2010 Launch Keynote is Free and you can Register here. The keynote speakers for the event are Sam Guckenheimer – Group Product Planner for Visual Studio and ALM Guru. Tanuj Vohra – Director of Program Management Visual Studio Test Business. So if you?re...

Visual Studio 2010 Product Editions

One of the new things that you may have heard of with Visual Studio 2010 is the simplification of the versions of the IDE. With Visual Studio 2010 there are now only 4 Editions. You can see the different features of each edition in the table shown on the Visual Studio 2010 Editions Comparison page. To learn more about each edition see the list below. Visual Studio 2010 Professional Visual Studio 2010 Premium Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Visual Studio 2010 Test Professional You can also visit the Visual Studio 2010 MSDN Subscriptions page for information on getting the different editions of Visual Studio 2010 with an MSDN subscription....

Visual Studio 2010 Additional Resources

In addition to my previous post, if you are looking for some resources on getting to know the Visual Studio 2010 IDE check out the following links. Visual Studio 2010 Essential Resources Visual Studio 2010 Product Documentation What’s New in Visual Studio 2010 What’s New in .NET Framework 4 Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio Visual Studio Professional .NET Framework 4...

Visual Studio 2010 & .NET 4.0 useful links

If you?ve been wanting to get a feel of what?s new in Visual Studio 2010 and kick-start some .NET 4.0 development then I recommend that you head over toScott Guthrie?s blog and look through all the recent posts that Scott has published. I don?t know how many .NET developers out there don?t subscribe to Scott?s feed but if you don?t already I really recommend that you do. You can also find a Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference guide on Codeplex. These are just a couple of places to give you a feel of what?s up and coming in Visual Studio 2010. I will be doing more detailed posts over the next...