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Expanding Vision: Visual Studio One Year Later

A year ago this month Microsoft released Visual Studio 2010 and the Microsoft .NET Framework 4, the most significant update to the company's IDE and code framework since .NET was first released in 2002.

Since the launch, we've seen still more additions. Microsoft has released a number of so-called Feature Packs that have extended support for unit testing, Team Foundation Server-based collaboration and virtual-load testing in the IDE. And last month, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2010 SP1, which includes a host of feature updates and fixes ranging from integrated tooling for Silverlight 4 development to IntelliTrace support for SharePoint and 64-bit projects.

The expanding scope of Visual Studio 2010 is reflected in our coverage. This month we begin rolling out several new columns. Practical .NET, authored by VSM Tools Editor Peter Vogel, provides actionable tutorials and guidance across a broad range of programming challenges, while Mobile Corner author Nick Randolph helps developers acclimate to the emerging world of Windows Phone development. In May, we'll debut Mark Michaelis' UI programming column aimed at Windows Presentation Foundation, Silverlight and other HTML5 development.

We're also extending our reach online. While Patrick Steele will continue to write our C# Corner column in print, new arrival Eric Vogel (no relation to Peter) will be contributing online, writing twice-monthly Web columns under the C# Corner banner. Finally, it's with regret that we bid farewell to longtime contributor Kathleen Dollard, who's setting aside her Ask Kathleen column to focus on other endeavors. Kathleen, we miss you already.

What would you like to see covered in Visual Studio Magazine? Drop me a line at mdesmond@1105media.com.

About the Author

Michael Desmond is an editor and writer for 1105 Media's Enterprise Computing Group.

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