Visual Studio gets more cloud-computing friendly

PETALING JAYA: The just launched Visual Studio 2010 is packed with plenty of new functionalities and features, including better integration with the Windows Azure cloud computing platform, which should put local software developers on Cloud 9.

With Windows Azure Tools, developers can quickly write, test, debug and deploy cloud applications from within the familiar Visual Studio environment, said Microsoft Malaysia at the launch.

To address the growing complexity of software development, Visual Studio 2010 also ships with the powerful IntelliTrace tool.

Described as a “time machine for developers and testers,” this tool makes non-reproducible bugs a thing of the past.

It enables developers to record an application’s execution history, which guarantees reproduction of any bugs to allow a tester to easily find it again, and to iron out the glitch once and for all.

Also new is multi-monitor support to enable a developer to “tear off” any window, such as a code or trace information application, and dock it in a separate display for much easier viewing.

During the launch, Microsoft also unveiled an updated .NET Framework 4, which now has additional support for various industry standards — and thanks to the inclusion of Dynamic Language Runtime, more language choices for users.

The revamped product now also supports high-performance middle-tier applications, such as parallel programming, workflow and service-oriented applications.

Privileged few

Malaysia was one of five locations selected for the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 worldwide launch. The other countries were India (Bangalore), China (Beijing), the United States (Las Vegas) and Britain (London).

According to Microsoft Malaysia’s local software innovation general manager, Azli Jamil, the country was chosen because of its growing and vibrant developer community. Malaysia is home to more than 60,000 developers for the Microsoft platform.

“The launch marks Microsoft Malaysia’s commitment to galvanising the local developer community,” he said.

The software giant also announced that it will start shipping the enhanced media and business tool, Silverlight 4, soon.

Developers will be able to deliver more compelling application experiences on or off the Web once the product comes on the market. Other highlights include extended out-of-browser capabilities and enhancements for enterprise application developers.

Its users will also get more than 60 customisable pre-written controls to more quickly build rich, interactive applications, according to Microsoft Malaysia.

Together, all these developer tools promise to simplify the entire software development process, enabling local developers to target new platforms and build higher-quality applications, the company announced.


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