Visual Studio 11 Beta – an initial ‘review’


I’m sure many are eagerly awaiting the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 11, though in the mean time here are a few of my thoughts on the beta which I missed being published on the MSDN UK  blog a while back… http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukmsdn/archive/2012/04/11/article-visual-studio-11-beta-an-initial-review.aspx Mike

Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2010 – Review


When writing my review for Professional Team Foundation Server 2010 I embarrassingly noticed that I failed to get a review out for another great book in the Wrox Professional series, namely Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2010. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy, though I reserve the right to offer an unbiased …

Improving the Visual Studio 2010 UI Menu System – Part 4


[ In this series – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 ] Please note that updates have been made to Part 3. In this final part of the series, I’ll be covering suggested changes to the UI for future versions of Visual Studio. Originally this series was only meant to cover the toolbars …

Improving the Visual Studio 2010 UI Menu System – Part 3


[ In this series – Part 1, Part 2, Part3, Part 4 ] UPDATE: 10 April 2011 Added Robert Maclean’s VS Extension to synchronise settings Added link to Scott Hanselman’s simplification blog post. In Parts 1 & 2 we did a lot of asking ‘Why?’ and criticizing (constructively of course) the current state of the …

Improving the Visual Studio 2010 UI Menu System – Part 2


[ In this series – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 ] This part is essentially all about ‘Why?’. We’re going to spend a bit more time on the menus we saw in Part 1 and also take a brief look at some of the Toolbars that are displayed with an out the …

Improving the Visual Studio 2010 UI Menu System – Part 1


[ In this series – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 ] UPDATED: 26 Sep 2010 – Added additional menus available once Project is added to Source Control. Something different! This is the first post in a series that takes a look at the state of the Visual Studio 2010 UI menu system …

Visual Studio Database Edition 2010 – Static Code Analysis Review (Part 2)


In Part 1 we got to see what Visual Studio Database Edition 2010 Static Code Analysis does for us. In Part 2 I'd like to take a look at what it doesn't. Unfortunately for those who read my previous reviews of the Static Code Analysis offered by the Power Tools, it's an all too familiar …

Visual Studio Database Edition 2010 – Static Code Analysis Review (Part 1)


I've previously completed two reviews on the Static Code Analysis features provided in Visual Studio Database Edition (aka Data Dude). The first was on the 2005 Power Tools in October 2007, and the second on the 2008 Power Tools in May 2008. I didn't get an opportunity to review the 'baked in' version provided with …

PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2010


The RTM for PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2010 has just shipped! I found this an invaluable tool in VS 2008 and it’s good to have it back. Download If you’ve not used it before, below is a summary of what is on offer in version 10.0: “Enable/Disable PowerCommands in Options dialogThis feature allows you to …