Thursday, May 21, 2009

Visual Studio 2010: A few tips for developers

As you all probably know Visual Studio 2010 Beta is available for the public!

You can download it here. An installation walkthrough can be found here.

In this post you will find a few tips. Enhancements have been made to the Editor to make life easier for developers. A few examples can be found below.

Enhanced Docking Behavior

You can do with the windows whatever you want. You can drag them to wherever you want. This is a big improvement. Imagine having your markup open on your left monitor and the code-behind open on your right monitor. Changes that are made in either one of them are immediately adjusted in the other one.


You can zoom into your code by using CTRL + MouseWheel. This will definitely be convenient when editing some config files.

Call Hierarchy

This feature enables you to navigate through your code by displaying all calls to and from a selected method, property, or constructor. This helps you understand how code flows and to evaluate the effects of changes to code.

And the best thing is that Call Hierarchy is available at Design time!

Highlighting references

For example.. When you click on a variable, all the instances of this variable will be highlighted. Take a closer look at the screenshot!

Intellisense Consume-First Mode

This new Intellisense Mode can be used when you are typing classes and members which aren't defined yet.

That's all for now. This is only the top of the iceberg. Looks like we will be spending the next years in a pleasant development environment!

If you want to know more about Visual Studio 2010 and want to keep up-to-date, you can follow these blogs:
- Jason Zander
- Beth Massi

How was your first experience?

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