Back in June 2010 at the group that I run, we held our Visual Studio 2010 Community Launch event. Here was our agenda:

  • VB 10 Language and IDE New Features – Yang Xiao, Visual Studio VB IDE Team
  • C# 4 Language and IDE New Features – Kirill Osenkov, Visual Studio C# IDE Team
  • Doing What You Know and Going Beyond with VS 2010 – Stan Schultes, Microsoft MVP
  • Developing Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight 4 Apps with VS 2010 – Kevin Wolf, Microsoft MVP

I made a list of Visual Studio 2010 resource links that I thought I’d share – these cover a lot of territory! Thanks to Beth Massi for links and inspiration for this list.

MSDN Content

Visual Studio Developer Center (main MSDN links page):

Visual Studio Express Dev Center (free VS downloads):

VB Developer Center:

C# Developer Center:

C++ Developer Center:

F# Develop Center:

VSTO Developer Center:

SharePoint Developer Center:

Code Downloads

CodePlex – Project Hosting for Open Source Software:

MSDN Code Gallery – primarily Microsoft content:
- use VS 2010 Extension Manager to browse the Code Gallery directly

Visual Basic 2010 Samples:

Visual C# 2010 Samples:

F# 2010 Samples:

VS 2010 Languages and Technologies Samples:

Parallel Programming Samples:

SharePoint Samples:

Office Development Samples:

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Samples:

Databinding Samples (WPF and Silverlight):

Visual Studio Content

VS2010 product page:

Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4 Training Kit:

Visual Studio Topic Area on Channel 9 – online training courses:

VS 2010 Walkthroughs on MSDN:

VS 2010 Software Development Kit (SDK):

VS 2010 Resource Kit:

VS 2010 Resources Page:

VS 2010 RC – Virtual Machines and Hands On Labs:

VS 2010 Feature Packs (released at TechEd 2010):

VS 2010 Pro Power Tools (released at TechEd 2010):

Visual Studio Tip of the Day (Zain Naboulsi):

Keyboard shortcut posters for VB, C#, F#, and C++:

.NET Framework 4.0 Poster (namespaces) PDF: and DeepZoom version:

Visual Studio Color Theme Editor (Microsoft):

Visual Studio Color Schemes (community site):

External Tools / Add-ins

DevXpress – CodeRush Xpress for VB and C# (free):

JetBrains – ReSharper (trial):


Visual Studio Team:

Visual Basic Team:

Office Dev with Visual Studio:

Visual Studio Data Team:

SharePoint Team:

WPF & Silverlight Designer Team:


Scott Guthrie:

Jason Zander:

Beth Massi:

The It’s All About the Tools! live audience TV show focused on developer tools and techniques that help make us better coders, and also highlights upcoming community events. These shows were a blast – there was lots of audience participation with Russ as the ringleader, and special guests in every segment.

Season 1 of It’s AATT! was recorded during the spring and summer of 2009, while Russ was still with Microsoft. I’m posting this from my old blog, so as not to lose the links.

There were a total of five live-audience shows in Season 1. The full episodes are 60-75 minutes in length, including the intro with theme song, segues, and closing for the full effect. We’ve also broken each show into shorter segments as Toolshed Tooltips, which are about 10 minutes long each. Tooltips are very digestible at this length, and each focuses on a single tool. Here’s the complete set of links for the first 5 shows, all of Season 1:

Episode 1

Recorded at the South Florida CodeCamp, February 7, 2009. Special guest: MVP Jason Beres of Infragistics doing WPF styling.

Episode 2

Recorded at the Orlando CodeCamp, March 28, 2009. Special guest: MVP Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi creating an MSBuild status updater for Twitter.

Episode 3

Recorded at the Pensacola, FL SQL Saturday, June 6, 2009. Special guests: MVP Jessica Moss showing SSIS Data Profiling tools in SQL 2008, and Don “DonXml” Demsak doing a community segment.

Episode 4

Recorded at the Tampa, FL .NET User Group, July 22, 2009. Special guests: MVPs Nikita Polyakov on WinMo, and Bill Reiss on Expression Blend behaviors.

Episode 5

Recorded at the Jacksonville, FL CodeCamp, August 29, 2009. Special guests: MVPs Jim Wooley on LINQ tools, Christopher Bennage on importing Photoshop assets to Expression Blend, and David Silverlight on his Silverlight group and community site architecture.

  • Episode 5 – full recording
  • Session segments: DeepZoom overview, Expression Web 3, VS Code Snippet Editor, Jim, Chris, and David.
  • Tooltips have not yet been published for Episode 5, watch here for updates if this changes…

The live-audience AATT! shows have been a whole lot of fun to produce, and now we’re branching out a bit into developer resources with a new show called It’s All About the Resources!, in addition to the Tools! shows. Although we’re recording the Resources! shows in front of a live audience, they’re not as much about audience participation, so the shows have more technical focus.

As we moved into Season 2, we’d already gotten the first Tools! and Resources! sessions taped, and into production, however, they were never published. I’ll update this post if those episodes ever go live.

Just starting to recover from the loss of my Live Spaces blog – my site there was never moved to WordPress as it was supposed to be… I don’t know who to blame for the failure, so I’ll just kick myself for putting the conversion off until the last minute…

I spent the day today bringing up and playing with the Windows 8 Developer Preview on my Acer convertible tablet. I’m posting this from within Win8, and loving the new interface!! So, how was it that I managed to do the install, considering the hard drive I put in wasn’t bootable, and there’s no DVD drive in the little machine. Hint: it wasn’t hard!!

Here’s the basic rundown of the steps I followed:

  1. Downloaded the Win8 preview .iso image (4.8GB for 64-bit Windows – including developer tools) from
  2. Inserted a new hard drive into the Acer 1420p tablet (the PDC 2009 multi-touch machine) – which I’d previously upgraded to 4GB memory. I switched hard drives so I could get back to my Windows 7 developer environment on the machine – I use it for multi-touch phone app dev.
  3. Downloaded the Windows7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool-Installer from
  4. On my regular laptop, ran the WUDT tool against the Win8 .iso image, and created a bootable USB drive (high speed 8GB USB stick)
  5. Put the USB drive into the Acer and turned it on. Hit F2 to enter BIOS setup, and set the default boot device to USB HDD, saved and rebooted
  6. Formatted the hard drive from within Win8 setup, and let it run. It actually took longer to get the bootable USB drive working than to install Windows 8!
  7. Took about 10 minutes to do the initial load and reboot, about 4 minutes to load devices and reboot, and about 10 minutes to do the initial manual configuration
  8. Note that on the first reboot, I went back into BIOS setup and switched the default boot device back to the hard disk

That was it! Since this morning, I’ve been learning how to navigate a fully touch-enabled version of Windows, while trying to ignore the physical keyboard. It’s actually pretty cool!

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