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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

It’s out and it’s rockin’.  I’ve been running it on a VM and, after Beta 1, it’s considerably faster (and truth be told, I wasn’t really complaining about performance on Beta 1).

Per Phil Haack’s post on ASP.Net MVC 2 Preview 2, I was expecting some tooling for MVC in this build, but alas, it did not make it into the release.  I’m really digging the idea of built-in tool support for areas, something that MVC is already paining me to require (and I suppose I’ll have to get the bits for 2008 to use the feature).

There seems to be less chrome, as well, per this dual-purposed screen capture:


One feature I am glad to see in the mix is the ability to close a child window in the IDE that does not have focus.  When you hover over a tab, a small X is displayed in the highlight area allowing you to close a document without having to switch to it first.  This is something I actually recommended to the IDE folks. So, yeah, I’ll take credit for that one.  ;o)  …and I’m sure no one else asked hehehe…

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