As of today Visual Studio Beta 2 is available to the general public. There is a VS 2010 Beta 2 iso available for download. It has some really nifty features. I’ve been playing around with it.
First off I will say that it actually looks very cool.
I think they did well. The new start page here is also a lot cleaner. I’ll be looking to see how to customize it a little.
Creating new projects is a lot better. Far less intimidating in this new default view. If they can keep the clutter down on this I will be very happy.
So I created an “Empty ASP.NET Web Application”. I noticed one crazy thing about it. I don’t think there are enough references here? Maybe we need more. C’mon guys. Seriously. Who wants to start with all of these in there? I chose the “Empty” one so I wouldn’t have all of this clutter.
But wait! They did remove the clutter. Guthrie had mentioned they were doing this. I am just now seeing the web.config and it is AWESOME!
There is barely anything in the web.config. Yipee! Hooray!
“Navigate To” is a nice feature. I already use ReSharper, so the wow factor is gone. I am glad to have it integrated though.
We were able to move the editor window around in previous versions of Visual Studio, but this feels a lot nicer, and anyway it’s still useful. Grab an editor window and decide where to put it. Much more freedom for splitting the screen this way.
You can do stuff like this. And have three editors open at once (you better have a lot of screen real estate before you try this).
Or if you actually use the designer in Visual Studio you can split it along with the code behind file. Getting you the Design, Source, and Code Behind.
This looks like a pretty nice thing they’ve build here. I figured with the big changes they were making that this version of VS would be lacking in too many upgrades. It seems they’ve managed to pull off some nice stuff here.
I am sure I’ll discover more new stuff at some point. Luckily the same feel is here, so just need to learn all of the little changes and additions.