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Visual Studio 2010 Professional purchased through Amazon.co.uk and the Microsoft Store now comes with a 12-month MSDN Essentials subscription. MSDN Essentials is a trial MSDN subscription that gives you access to the latest core Microsoft platforms: Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN Essentials, Upgrade Edition (PC)
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Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional is the essential tool for individuals performing basic development tasks. It simplifies the creation, debugging, and deployment of applications on a variety of platforms including SharePoint and the Cloud. Visual Studio 2010 Professional comes with integrated support for test-driven development, as well as debugging tools that help ensure high-quality solutions.
All editions of Visual Studio 2008 can be upgraded to Visual Studio 2010.
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Professional is an integrated environment that simplifies creating, debugging and deploying applications. Unleash your creativity and bring your vision to life with powerful design surfaces and innovative collaboration methods for developers and designers. Work within a personalised environment, targeting a growing number of platforms, including Microsoft SharePoint® and cloud applications and accelerate the coding process by using your existing skills. Integrated support for Test-First Development and new debugging tools let you find and fix bugs quickly and easily to ensure high quality solutions.
Create what you can imagine with powerful editing and visual design tools. Visual Studio opens new possibilities for your applications by unlocking the power of the processor on your local machine and in the cloud.
Simplicity Through Integration
Visual Studio 2010 Professional offers an integrated environment where developers can use existing skills to code, debug, unit test, and deploy a growing number of application types. Visual Studio simplifies common tasks and provides a personalised experience that lets developers explore the depth of underlying platforms.
Quality Code Ensured
Powerful tools help you deliver quality code quickly. With integrated support for test-first development as well as new debugging tools for multi-core programming you can easily find and fix bugs to deliver a quality solution.
|SharePoint Explorer |
SharePoint Explorer helps you connect to, and browse an existing SharePoint Server. You can view artifacts including custom lists, document libraries, and Web parts from inside of Visual Studio.
Top Ten Reasons to Buy
- Quickly interpret your code--The new code editor makes it easy to zoom in on your code, highlight method references, and overlay powerful features.
- Create rich user experiences--Use new visual designers for Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight to target Windows®7 and the Web.
- Get scalability from Windows® AzureTM--Integrated project templates, debugging, and publishing make it easy to deploy to Microsoft's cloud computing platform.
- Open up new capabilities--Use integrated parallel programming support to add new capabilities on your application when it runs on a multi-core processor machine.
- Customise Visual Studio to fit your style--Key IDE enhancements--including support for multiple monitors and improved readability--that make the familiar environment even more productive.
- Use your existing skills--Work with SharePoint development, including tooling for Web Parts, Lists, Workflows, Events and more, so you can bring great new customized collaboration tools to your company.
- Practice Test-First Development--Focus on your application logic while all the stub code necessary for compiling your unit tests is generated by Visual Studio.
- Spend less time debugging--The inline call hierarchy helps quickly trace a program's execution flow without invoking the debugger. You can also use breakpoint labels make debugging easier.
- Integrated Version Control, Bug Tracking and Build Automation--Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN includes Team Foundation Server 2010 the ideal source control, bug tracking and build automation system for Visual Studio users. The Team Foundation Server basic install option is ideal for desktop use and the natural migration path for Microsoft Visual SourceSafe users.
- MSDN Subscription Included--MSDN Subscriptions are a convenient way to cost-effectively develop applications on the Microsoft platform with a simple licensing model and broad high quality information resources.
Processor required: 1.6 GHz or faster
Operating system: Windows 7 (both 32 & 64 bit versions, excluding Starter). Additional versions of Windows are supported, please see Other below for the full requirements.
Hard disk: 3 GB
Hard drive size: 5400 RPM
Memory Required: 1024 MB RAM (1.5 GB if running in a virtual machine)
Memory Recommended: 1 GB (32 Bit) or 2 GB (64 Bit) RAM (add 512 MB if running in a virtual machine)
Video card: DirectX 9 capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution display
Media drive: DVD-ROM Drive
Visual Studio 2010 can be installed on the following operating systems:
- Windows XP (x86) with Service Pack 3-all editions except Starter Edition
- Windows XP (x64) with Service Pack 2-all editions except Starter Edition
- Windows Vista (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 1-all editions except Starter Edition
- Windows 7 (x86 and x64)
- Windows Server 2003 (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 2-all editions
- Users will need to install MSXML6 if not already present
- Windows Server 2003 R2 (x86 and x64)-all editions
- Windows Server 2008 (x86 and x64) with Service Pack 2-all editions
- Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)-all editions
Top customer reviews
I have used Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 before, and now using Visual Studio 2010 Pro which is a major improvement over previous versions. I got my copy via MSDN route (why this review is not tagged as AVP) and VS2010 Pro offers an integrated suite for entry level software development and even beyond (while Premium, Test Pro, and Ultimate editions are billed for more demanding development tasks). My only disappointment early on was the abandoning of Windows Mobile development (for which I use VS2008), which Microsoft decided to ditch in favour of Windows Phone development. (We now know that Windows Mobile is truly dead, and that disappointment was fortunately short-lived).
This is not to say VS2010 has no weaknesses as no development tool is 100% complete and perfect, but VS2010 is currently the best out there -- that is, until Visual Studio 2012 is released in a few days time after 12 September 2012.
Multi-targeting is still a key feature with this version being able to target versions 2,3,3.5 and 4 of the .net framework and both Silverlight versions 3 and 4. The Multi-targeting is improved over VS2008 in that intelisense is now driven from the version of the framework the application is targeted at rather than the version Visual Studio is built using. This in theory should allow VS2010 to support future versions of the framework.
As with previous versions a new solution file structure is used as well as a new project file format, so if you want to use VS2010 alongside VS 2008 you will need to keep different solution and project files.
Just found out that there is a 'Visual Studio 2010 Professional Upgrade for Standard Users' which reduces the price a little - so might update at some point in the future via this route though many of the new features I will not use (except for the key one.. that the applications compile fine in windows 7 and work with the applications I support).
The price seems to be going up and up.. making it less likely a purchase. Most of the studio is of no use, the only part of the package I would use is the Visual C++ .. this use to be a separate tool and was priced well below 100 quid, now the price is 400 odd for a lot of unnecessary software.
On the Mac, Xcode C++ tool is free (as part of the OS X release)
I was initially very disappointed by the lack of Brief Emulation support in VS2010, and there is still no readily available solution to this.
Further to this though, anyone who likes to use macros and customise toolbars etc will find the experience truly awful. Aside from the fact that there's no drag-drop customisation support, Visual Studio 2010 regularly looses many of my toolbar customisations. Several macros that used to work now fail for no good reason. The VS2010 completely locks up when attempting to save a macro whilst debugging. Sometimes all macros just stop working with no error-message given, but they come back when deleting certain macros from the macro file.
My overall feeling is that this product was released well before it was ready, so would advise anyone to steer clear until the service pack 1 is released.
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