Adrian Jakeman | 17 March 2010
I’ve just returned from delivering a couple of days at TechDays 2010 in Helsinki.
This was the third time I've visited the city and I have to say that the next time I'm there I want it to be Summer. Having said that, at least this time it was only -8°C rather than the -28°C that I witnessed on my last visit!
The event itself attracted over 1700 delegates and was the first delivery of VS 2010 content since the product shipped as a Release Candidate build. Attendees at my sessions ranged across many different software disciplines - from project managers, to architects, business analysts, developers, testers and release managers.
For everyone in the room there was something new in VS 2010. The product is a major release in the Visual Studio family and there are features built in that will attract a new wave of users.
As a project manager, planning and tracking your projects has never been easier. For business analysts, requirements management is made simpler than before and architects now have full UML support as well as exciting features such as the Architecture Explorer and Dependency Graphs.
Developers aren't left out of the loop either - IntelliTrace (aka The Historical Debugger) is an exciting new feature that provides the ability to get a history of application execution through a flight recorder-like mechanism. It's going to save developers countless hours in their debugging efforts.
For testers - well what can I say - the new Test Manager and Lab Manager features in VS 2010 are simply a step change as far as testing in the Microsoft stack goes - see http://blogs.msdn.com/lab_management/archive/2009/05/18/vsts-2010-lab-management-basic-concepts.aspx for more details.
For release managers there's plenty to smile about too. Gated check-ins as well as shelfset, parallel and load-balanced builds together with a new build architecture take the product that extra mile.
After 11 hours of sessions, you might have thought my Finnish might improve. Sadly not, but it was an exciting event and good to see the level of interest in VS 2010. For more details of TechDays 2010, Helsinki see http://www.microsoft.com/finland/techdays/techdays2010/track_visualstudio2.html.