Nov 022009
 

Around a week back, the Visual Studio 2010 express editions beta2 versions were up for download. I immediately downloaded it and got my hands dirty trying to adjust to the new IDE. Here are some snapshots of the Visual Studio 2010 C# express edition and how it differs from its predessecor.

First the splash screen, abandoning the traditional rectangular splash screen, Microsoft went for a screen with a stylish curve. Looks cool.

Splash_screenThe start page looks great too, instead of thick borders as in the C# 2008 express edition, 2010 goes for a more simpler page with this borders giving the impression of a more spacious start page. It also gives us the option of configuring our own RSS feed for the news channel on the page.

StartPage

Then the Add New Project dialog. This has been rearranged to give it a stacked look. Looks smoother than before.

New_Project

As soon as I created a new project, the first problem popped up, the IDE crashed and failed on me. Also when I killed it and restarted, it never gave me the option to recover the file I was working on. The express editions don’t save a project automatically when its newly created. So when the IDE crashes, I would expect it to recover the files. Hope this is included in the RTM.

not_responding

But After I restarted, no major issues showed up. One more noticeable change was the change in the treeview style to include arrows as node expanders instead of the boring plus sign.

Solution_Explorer

The biggest disappointment for me with the IDE was the absence of smooth slide in of the Solution Explorer and the Properties windows. These windows abruptly open and close even with the AutoHide setting. Wonder if Microsoft would correct this.

Apart from a few minor snags that would be invariably present in any beta software, the IDE is definitely an improvement, even if not of the magnitude I was hoping for.