Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate available in February

There is more news available about VS2010. My last post announced a launch delay due to performance issues.

Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate will now be available in February 2010.

Public Release Candidate

In order to make sure that these fixes truly address the performance issues reported, and to help validate them across the broadest number of scenarios and machine configurations, we’ve decided to ship another public preview release of VS 2010 and .NET 4 before we ship.  Specifically, we plan to make a Release Candidate build available in February that everyone will be able to download and test.  It will be a public build and include a broad “go live” license that supports production deployment.

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Visual Studio 2010 launch delayed

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 has been delayed for a few weeks. Before they will launch the product they first need to do some more testing and handling performance issues. The testing will be done by releasing a RC (Release Candidate) version to gather more information about possible bugs.

Since the goal of the Release Candidate is to get more feedback from you, the team will need some time to react to that feedback before creating the final release build.  We are therefore moving the launch of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 back a few weeks.

Not a bad thing. “A finished product is better then a patch!”

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is Here!

Hot news:



MSDN Subscribers: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is Here
Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 mark the next generation of developer tools from Microsoft. Be sure to download Beta 2 and let us know what you think.

It is available for all MSDN subscribers.

General downloads will be available from the 21st of October.

Enjoy 😉

The Visual Studio Documentary and VSS

Microsoft is streaming a documentary on its Channel9 website about Visual Studio. Each week a new part or episode will be posted.

Movie: Part One

See all Episodes/Parts

By the way: have you seen the plans for a scaled-down Team Foundation Server ?
Don’t stick with your Visual SourceSafe (VSS) 🙂

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Microsoft Connect

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I found this message from the Visual Studio Editor Team’s page on Twitter:

  1. RT @alinglee: I can’t wait for the release dates of Windows 7 [10/22] and #VS2010 [Beta2 out this fall]! So excited! 3:53 PM Sept 30th from web

Let the waiting game begin!

Microsoft Connect logo

In case you didn’t know. Microsoft made their new version of Microsoft Connect available last week.

Use the site if you have found some bugs in Microsoft software or if you would suggest some features.
My bugs from VS2005 were fixed in VS2008, they really listen!

Have fun 😉

Visual SourceSafe and Visual Studio 2010 beta 2

A week ago I wrote an email to Mr. Zander, General Manager of the Visual Studio team in the Developer Division, with some questions about the new Visual Studio 2010 (beta 2) version.

My first question was when the release of VS2010 B2 was planned. I received the answer as expected:

At this point I don’t have a published date for beta 2 and I don’t want to speculate.  You’ll see us publish more and more samples / demos etc on the upcoming release so things are progressing well.


The next thing was about Visual Studio 2010 and working in team. Microsoft has a program for this called Visual SourceSafe 2005 (VSS) that is controllable in VS. You can share your project with other developers in your team, submit classes that you worked on, check in, etc… Just like you would do with a normal SVN client.

I binged a while but couldn’t find any newer version of VSS 2005. So I got worried about the version, because ‘2005’ sounds like really old :P. Just don’t freak out if you are still using VSS 2005, it works fine with VS2010 beta 1, but still I was curious. So my next question was: Are there any plans to bring out a new visual sourcesafe version? You never know that they have a new version in mind for Visual Studio 2010.
This is the answer that I got:

On the VSS question, we are not bringing out a new version of the product going forward.  We are putting our main focus on Team Foundation Server (TFS) which not only does source control, but also work item tracking (features & bugs), as well as build support.  Given you are working with the beta of VS2010, I’d recommend giving it a try.  I think we will have a story there you will like as we RTM.

I hope that this information could be useful for you, when you decide to buy the new Visual Studio 2010.

@Mr. Zander: I hope you don’t mind I posted some parts of the email here. 🙂

Something completely different but still VS2010 related and forgotten while developing for Windows 7.
Go to “Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features” and Change your view to “Extra Large Icons“. It would be nice to see a larger or scalable version of the VS2010 icon like the Expression Studio 3 icons.
(@Developers: keep these details in mind, they make your program 99% perfect instead of 98% ;)).

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TryParse nullable types in C#

You all know the TryParse method with normal variables.

Something like this:

int test;
int.TryParse("1", out test);

But what if you use nullable variables?

int? test;
int.TryParse("1", out test);

Building this will result in this error message:

The best overloaded method match for ‘int.TryParse(string, out int)’ has some invalid arguments

Anybody who has a good solution to TryParse a nullable type?

Visual Studio Editor about Visual Studio 2010 beta 2

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Today the program manager, Brittany Behrens, from the Visual Studio Platform Team made a new blog post about Visual Studio 2010 beta 2.

The most important thing:

VS 2010 Beta2 sounds great. When can I get it?

More and more of you are asking when Beta2 will be released.  The release date hasn’t been announced, so we can’t say just yet.  But we certainly will post here when the date is public and again when Beta2 becomes available.

In the meantime, please do continue to use Beta1 and send us feedback through Connect bugs, forum posts, e-mail to the Editor team, and now Twitter.  Your input has helped us make huge improvements in VS 2010 since Beta1, and I hope you’ll continue to let us know what you think all the way through RTM.

Visual Studio 2010 beta 1 crashes

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I really hope that the rumors about the Beta 2 release date in September 2009 are true! Because now it is really a PITA to see Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 crashing all the time. 😦