Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2: My 5 Minutes Impressions

October 25, 2009

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So I just installed VS 2010 beta 2, played with it for 5 whole minutes, and I have to say it looks pretty damn good.

  • Performance was horrid on Beta 1, but now it seems to be much improved.
  • Startup time is still too long if you ask me.
  • Opening the Fonts and Colors dialog is still the slowest thing in the world.
  • But the Add Reference dialog opens really fast! Finally they realized it is better to default on the project reference tab there.
  • The new WPF UI is beautiful. I like the “Code Optimized” web settings that remove all the non-critical toolbars and panels and leave lots of room for the code.
  • The new IntelliTrace (or historical debugging) feature looks very interesting.
  • F# Interactive seems to always be open, even on a C# project. Could be a useful tool, so I should probably get serious about learning F#.

I would also like to point out this excellent article, which talks about the VS2010 architecture. It’s great to see how Microsoft “dogfoods” its own products and in the process makes them better for the rest of us. It stands to reason that if WPF can work for a project like Visual Studio, and TFS can handle the entire Microsoft organization, these could be good choices for us simpletons.

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