January Orcas CTP Released!


Update: A Virtual PC image is also available. 


We’ve just released the Visual Studio ‘Orcas’ – January CTP. This is the first of the side-by-side installable CTPs, however, before installing, please read the Release Notes and do not install this on a production machine as this will likely break Visual Studio 2005 when uninstalled.


Besides the new features mentioned previously for Code Analysis, you will also see the following new analysis in this CTP:


New Rules:
Reliability\AvoidCallingProblematicMethods
Globalization\SpecifyStringComparision
Globalization\NormalizeStringsToUppercase
Globalization\UseOrdinalStringComparion
Design\DoNotRaiseExceptionsInUnexpectedLocations
Usage\DoNotRaiseExceptionsInExceptionClauses


Changes to Existing Rules:
IdentifiersShouldHaveCorrectPrefix
 – Now fires on generic type parameters that do not begin with ‘T’

CompoundWordsShouldBeCasedCorrectly
IdentifiersShouldBeCasedCorrectly 
UsePreferredTerms
ShortAcronymsShouldBeUppercase
LongAcronymsShouldBePascalCased
IdentifiersShouldNotContainUnderscores 
 – Now fire on assemblies (with externally visible types) and generic type parameters


You will also see a string of better analysis and less noise in existing rules when compared to both Visual Studio 2005 and FxCop 1.35.


Download it today and tell us what you think!

Comments (9)

  1. Don says:

    What on earth is the problem with releasing CTP’s as VirtualPC images?

    I’ve sworn off of CTP’s after having to do three complete ground-up OS reinstalls after using CTP’s of three different products.  I would LOVE to start testing Orcas, but its just not worth my time if it costs me a full OS reinstall.

    Don’t ask me to destroy my b box.  Give me a link to a Virtual PC image.  I’m an MSDN subscriber.  Probabaly most downloaders of Orcas would be.  We can use MSDN dev box licenses of XP or Vista for this sort of thing.  This isn’t rocket science.  Any CTP like this should be released as a VPC image.

  2. davkean says:

    Don,

    We have actually also released a VPC image of the January CTP and I’ve updated the post to reflect that.

    Regards

    David

  3. Don says:

    Hi David-

    Thanks for the quick (and great) response.

    Downloading now…

    -Don

  4. Jeffrey Sax says:

    DoNotRaiseExceptionsInUnexpectedLocations

    DoNotRaiseExceptionsInExceptionClauses

    Don’t these violate FxCop Rule Naming Rule #17: "Exceptions are thrown, not raised"?

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