Mix10: VS2010 Supports Multi-Monitor and a Lot More!

Microsoft announces that VS2010 now fully supports

  • multi-monitors from one instance of VS, you can now pull out your code file from VS to one of your other monitors, no longer do you have to switch between markup and code files.
  • Add richer code visualizations
  • multiple web.config files for each of your environments (sooooo very cool)
  • integrated deployments tools for packaging and deploying applications to each of your environments
  • Search for library objects by using Pascal based notation (use TIM to find ThisIsMyOwnObject)
  • Sequence Diagrams showing exactly how your methods are being called
  • Clean URLs called Routing

ASP.net WebForms

  • Now includes new controls such as charts and data
  • all controls output clean markup
  • everything is stylable within the control markup
  • Better, more accurate, and responsive intellisense within markup files

JQuery Script Templates are actual HTML markup with Data-Binding expressions within that markup stored in script tags identified by a template name in the pages markup. These templates are used by JQuery and are populated on the client side on the return of AJAX calls to the server or services. 

  • JQuery is available on Microsoft’s CDN so you don’t have to host them yourself
  • Microsoft will be contributing code
  • Microsoft will be contributing QA resources
  • Microsoft will be contributing plugins
  • JQuery has a 30% market share across the web
  • Dynamic script loading based on dependencies

Visual Studio Plugins I Use

These are the Visual Studio plugins I use on a daily basis.

Code Refactoring Plugins:

ReSharper: (cost) the best code refactoring plugin for Visual Studio I have ever seen.

AutoCode: (free) never used it but its a free alternative to the expensive ReSharper.

CodeRush Express: (free) similar in function to ReSharper, for free its a pretty good tool.

Other Plugins:

GhostDoc: Free Visual Studio plug-in which adds a keyboard shortcut for adding auto generated documentation comments to your classes and methods.

CodeKeep: (free) online source code snippet repository which has a Visual Studio plugin for easy saving.

CodePlex Snippets: (free) not a plugin but a ton of Visual Studio code snippets which show up in your intellisense for quick code generation of structures you often use.

CopySourceAsHTML 3.0: (free) allows one to copy source code from Visual Studio and paste it into their blogs as html retaining the source code styles.

SmartPaster: allows you to select how you want to insert items off the clipboard (comment, region, etc.)

SnippetDesigner: assists you in creating your own Visual Studio code snippets for auto code creation.