Visual Studio and TFS 11

Visual Studio over the last few versions has evolved from high-level developer’s tool in a set of tools for the entire process of application development. In the upcoming version, Visual Studio continues in that direction. Together with the next version of Team Foundation Server, Microsoft has completed the platform that supports all phases of the development lifecycle, and also introduced some new improvements in the existing tools. In the next few blog entries, I will demonstrate some of the biggest new features for software development and application lifecycle management in the version 11 of the Visual Studio ALM tools and services. At the beginning let’s just mention what are the biggest news in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 11:

·         IDE Improvements:
o   Project and solution backward compatibility
o   Browsing features in Solution Explorer
o   File preview in the Code Editor.
o   Quick command search
o   Code Editor Enhancements for JavaScript
o   New image editor
o   DirectX Visual Shader designer
·         Debugger and quality analysis improvements:
o   Standalone Intellitrace
o   Code Clones Analysis
o   Simplified remote debugging
o   DirectX Graphics Debugger
o   New Unit Test Explorer, nUnit supported
·         Web/Windows/Mobile Development features
o   .NET 4.5 features
o   ASP.NET 4.5 web development enhancements
o   IIS Express replaces the ASP.NET Development Server
o   SharePoint Development enhancements
o   Metro-style development
·         TFS features
o   Team Explorer new look and feel
o   Backlog Management
o   Support for Feature Teams
o   New TFS Web Access
o   Storyboarding tool
o   Customer Feedback tool
o   Exploratory testing in Test Manager
o   Code Review Workflow
o   Suspend for Work Interruptions
o   New Merge/Compare tool

Certainly it’s not all. If I forgot something important, pleas just add it in a comment and I’ll expand the list. In the next few stories (blog entries) I’ll write mostly about TFS 11 new features and also about some mostly some debugger and quality analysis improvements.