Editor Evolution

The new editor is featured in the cover story for the April issue of Visual Studio Magazine! The magazine publishes news and information for professional developers, and this month it is spotlighting Visual Studio 2010 in an article called “IDE Evolution”. Here are a few highlights:

“In VS 2010, developers can experience firsthand the beginning of the IDE's evolution: improved code navigation, annotation and extensibility with the WPF-based shell; better performance and scalability for native code; and fundamental improvements in debugging and test-driven development.”

IDE Evolution, Visual Studio Magazine“What we want is flexibility and extensibility. For instance, it's because the new editor is WPF-based that we can, for reasonable engineering cost, offer the ability to add inline adornments, margins, even 'heads up display' style extensions. ... The best part is you won't have to wait for us to do these things -- you want profiler information overlaid on your text? No problem. Go do it. Test coverage? Hot links to documentation? Online presence indicators based on e-mail names in comments? You could do all these things.”

The article gives a great overview not only of the new editor but also of Visual Studio 2010 as a whole, including the new shell, extension manager, Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF), and new features for the Team System (VSTS) editions. If you’re interested in hearing the latest buzz about VS 2010, I’d encourage you to read the article, available free online here.

Brittany Behrens
Program Manager, VS Platform Team

Comments (3)

  1. Daniel Smith says:

    Looks like things have moved quite far on since the CTP from last year, so I’m really looking forward to trying out the next beta release.

    How are you getting on with replacing those pesky triangles by the way?  (hehehe, sorry had to slip that in!)

    So what’s the plans for the next beta then?  Will it be packaged in a virtual machine like last time or will it be possible to install it?


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  3. VSEditor says:

    Hi Daniel –

    It’s great to hear that you’re looking forward to the beta!  We haven’t finalized the exact deployment method, but the overall experience of downloading and using the VS 2010 beta should be much easier than it was for the CTP.

    As for the triangles:  check out today’s post to see the newly redesigned (and triangle-free) outlining experience 🙂  Let us know what you think!

    Thanks for reading & commenting!


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