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Roslyn Syntax Visualizers

Hello everyone! As you may have heard, today we announced the first CTP of the Roslyn project! You can visit the Roslyn MSDN Page to learn more about the project and to download the CTP. You can also read more about Roslyn at the following links - In this post I will present a brief overview of two samples that are installed as ...

Introducing the Microsoft “Roslyn” CTP

Today we are releasing the first Community Technology Preview of the Roslyn Project! What is Roslyn? In the past, our compilers have acted as black boxes – you put source text in and out the other end comes an assembly. All of that rich knowledge and information that the compiler produces is thrown away and unavailable for anyone else ...

Improving developer productivity with Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview

One of the things we’ve been doing in Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview (VS11) is focusing on ways to increase developer productivity and improve the performance of VS. Through careful observation of developers using Visual Studio and through talking to developers, we learned that one of the ways we could improve developer productivity ...

TechEd 2011: Visual Studio vNext Sneak Preview

In case you missed it, last week at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, GA, I gave conference attendees a first look at some of the new IDE features and performance improvements we’re working on for the next version of Visual Studio.  Channel9 has posted the session (along with all the other TechEd sessions) so everyone else can now watch the ...

Async CTP (SP1 Refresh)

By Robin Reynolds-Haertle This morning, we released an updated version of the Visual Studio Async CTP (SP1 Refresh) that’s compatible with Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and Windows Phone 7! What Is the Visual Studio Async CTP (SP1 Refresh)? The Async CTP previews a language feature that is in the next version of Visual Basic and C#. By using ...

Productivity Power Tools introduces Find, Organize Imports for VB, Enhanced Scrollbar, Middle-Click Scrolling and more!

Reseting Your Extensions for the Last Time! We've heard a great deal of feedback on how each update of the Productivity Power Tools re-enables all of the extensions when it installs. If you are careful about installing the Power Tools via the extension manager or as long as an instance of Visual Studio is running, this version of the ...

8-part Async series by Eric Lippert

For those that haven’t seen it, Eric Lippert finished an amazing 8-part blog series in November on the new Asynchronous Programming APIs slated for the next version of C# and VB.  He shows you how to get started getting started with the CTP and how to determine if async makes sense for your application. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/...

Using Visual Studio to build VB Windows Phone Applications

by Yang Xiao Today we are announcing the release to web (RTW) of Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools. This walkthrough demonstrates how easy and convenient it is to develop a VB Windows Phone application using the newly released tools. You’ll see that the many new IDE features in Visual Studio 2010, which help you navigate and ...

Custom Extension Types with VSIX

DISCLAIMER: While the following technique is supported in Visual Studio 2010, the interfaces and methods exposed by Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.dll are likely to change in future Visual Studio releases. If you create an extension that relies on Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.dll, there is no guarantee that your extension ...

Creating and Sharing Project & Item Templates

One of the great new features we added in Visual Studio 2010 is the ability to easily find and consume online Project and Item templates without leaving the New Project/Item dialog. What may not be so obvious is how to go from a piece of code you want to share to a template contained in a VSIX file that can be uploaded to the Visual Studio ...

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