This year if you didn't get a chance to go to the Professional Developer's Conference (PDC), there is still a wealth of information available to you. The most valuable resource I think are the videos of all the PDC sessions. Here are a few of the sessions that I've viewed and found most interesting:
- Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability, starring my boss Steve Carroll and Ed Glass, this session covers a bunch of new Visual Studio 2010 Profiler features.
- Visual Studio Debugger Tips & Tricks, with speaker John Cunningham who is a Microsoft Development Manager (and Steve's boss), covering features in Visual Studio 2008, 2008 SP1 and features to look forward to in Visual Studio 2010. Note to self 'if you ever ship without symbols, I would fire you'.
- Microsoft Visual Studio Team System: Software Diagnostics and Quality for Services, featuring Habib and Justin, who are also folks from the diagnostics team. The most exciting demo from this talk shows off the cool new Historical Debugging feature. It also features the new Test Impact Analysis feature, which can tell you which tests you should run after changing your code.
- Framework Design Guidelines, by the guys who wrote the book of the same name, Krzysztof Cwalina and Brad Adams. If you write managed code this is a must-see session.
If you'd like to try some of the Visual Studio 2010 features for yourself, you can download the newest CTP here.