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Visual Studio 2010 is Here Vol 13-8 | April 22, 2010
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Life runs on code. Last week, Microsoft released the next wave of developer tools and technologies that provide you the path from your ideas to impactful solutions: Visual Studio 2010 , the .NET Framework 4 , and Silverlight 4 .

It seems like yesterday I was mapping out a user interface on grid paper and trying to translate an architecture sketched out on a whiteboard to code. Visual Studio 2010 helps speed those concepts to reality by enabling richer design with SketchFlow and support for UML modelling. The days of using  printf-like statements for code troubleshooting have been replaced with the time-saving IntelliTrace historical debugging and advanced automated testing capabilities. Years ago, sophisticated tracking and maintenance of code through the application life cycle was reserved for large applications. With advances in Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 now included with each MSDN license, development teams of any size now have an opportunity to further streamline their operations and bring solutions faster to market.

Equally exciting are the advances in the .NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4.  .NET Framework 4 can be installed side-by-side with previous versions of the .NET Framework and adds new support for high-performance middle-tier applications including parallel programming.  Silverlight 4 offers powerful media and business application capabilities that enable for compelling application experiences across the Web, TV, desktop and phone. In short, there’s never been a better time to be a developer!

Of course the key to deriving value from this new technology is navigating the changes to determine what works best for your situation.  We’ve updated the website for  Visual Studio with the latest product information, and MSDN continues to be your developer resource center.  Check out the free training available from AppDev , or tune into the pre-recorded and upcoming Visual Studio Dev Tools Power Hour webcasts.  The .NET and Silverlight sites can also help you get started, and we’ve compiled a list of key resources on  Visual Studio 2010 & .NET 4.0 to help accelerate your learning.  Check the Developer Connection Blog for the latest information, including upcoming events on Visual Studio 2010.  We also have free local Community Sessions on Visual Studio 2010 that you can attend.

- Vancouver - April 27, 2010 -British Columbia Institute of Technology-Burnaby Campus

- Calgary - April 28, 2010 -Nexen Conference Center

- Edmonton - April 29, 2010 -Stanley Milner Library

- Montreal - May 5, 2010 -Microsoft Canada Inc. Office

- Ottawa -May 6, 2010-Microsoft Ottawa Office-click link to send email to register

We look forward to hearing about the value you bring to life with these new technologies.

Sean Graglia

Product Manager, Developer Tools

Microsoft Canada Inc.

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