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Yesterday Microsoft announced that Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate was available for MSDN subscribers and would be generally available on 10 February 2010 for the public.  This release represents a significant improvement in the overall Visual Studio product and a lot was based on beta tester feedback.

Of course, as a Silverlight developer you will be wondering: Can I still develop Silverlight 4 applications with the VS2010 RC?

Here’s the simplest form of a FAQ I could provide for you:

Q: What was released this week for Visual Studio 2010?
A: The Visual Studio team released Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate builds.

Q: When can I download them?
A: If you are an MSDN subscriber, you can today (8 FEB).  Generally availability will be 10 FEB.

Q: Can I developer Silverlight applications?
A: Yes, you can develop Silverlight 3 applications with the release candidate of Visual Studio 2010.

Q: What about Silverlight 4 applications?
Q: Is there an updated Silverlight 4 Tools installer?
Q: Is there an updated
WCF RIA Services build for VS2010?
Q: Is there an updated
Silverlight Toolkit build for VS2010/Silverlight 4?
Q: Is there an updated Blend for .NET 4 Preview build?

A: At this time, VS2010 RC does not support developing Silverlight 4 applications.  This means that at this time there is no update for Silverlight 4 runtime/tools or the WCF RIA Services or other companion frameworks (toolkit controls, etc.).  This will not be enabled until the next public build of Silverlight 4 and companion frameworks.

Q: If I want to develop Silverlight 4 applications, what should I do?
A: You should stick on the public Beta 2 build of Visual Studio for now with the companion tools/framework builds.

Q: You mentioned ‘next public build’ so when will that be for Silverlight 4?
A: We haven’t released a timeframe on that availability right now. :-(

Q: Can I run Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Visual Studio RC side-by-side?
A: No.

Q: Are there hacks to make Silverlight 4 tools work with the VS2010 RC? 
A: I’m sure someone might cobble something together, but frankly there are issues between the two and the combination isn’t supported.

Q: What is wrong with you people?  Why don’t you release things at the same time?!
A: If everyone could intern for a week in the developer division at Microsoft you’d see the challenges faced with various products innovating on different time schedules and resources and teams managing as best they can.  Frankly, Visual Studio is on a path.  Silverlight 4 as a not-yet-released-product has to wait for VS milestones to ensure SL tools work well with our builds.  This same holds true for the companion frameworks and Blend.  It is not a fun place to be as we are all moving targets for each other with varying dependencies.  The Silverlight and RIA Services teams are working hard to finish a product.  That is our goal.  We want to make sure not to distract resources from adding support to interim builds that we simply can’t handle right now in order to deliver a quality FINAL product for you.

Hopefully this helps, even if it isn’t what you wanted to hear for Silverlight development at this time.



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2/9/2010 9:50 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
The big issue here is not this particular impossible-to-solve problem of not enough time on the team to make both releases.

The big problem is that VS has become absurdely over-coupled with everything around it. This is not a new problem - in the past there have been all sorts of silly games played between VS and SQL server releases, for example. It's a bit sad to see that fashionable new things like Silverlight and MVC are still having exactly the same kind of problems.

Is there any effort being made within DevDiv to try and and improve this in the long term? We wouldn't tolerate this stuff with Windows, but I guess they spend several orders of magnitude more time/money on 'being a platform'.
2/9/2010 10:01 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Ben -- if you install VS (pro/ultimate/etc) you will get .NET 4 RC as a part of that (it's a dependency). Bottom line -- if you are installing the tools, you get everything.

Will -- it's a matter of different ship cycles. VS2010 has been in development for longer than SL4 so they are already along the path. SL4 tools can't finish until milestones of VS are locked down. RIA Services needs SL4 runtime and tools to be locked, etc. It isn't a fun formula, but the products are innovating on different timelines. Bringing them all together in a singular timeline sounds nice, but I don't think realistic.
2/9/2010 10:16 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
I appreciate this. I'll admit, I'm a little less excited about getting the RC installed than I was 5 minutes ago, but I would've been pretty ticked if I went through the effort and couldn't get any SL4 stuff working.

Thank you again!
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2/9/2010 10:46 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Tim, while I understand you don't have a date for SL4 yet, please tell me we won't have to wait until MIX! Thanks for the FAQ, it has saved me alot of time...
2/9/2010 11:03 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
I can understand the dependency issues between VS2010 and SL4 if the SL4 team were waiting on features. But the changes between B2 and RC were supposedly performance enhancements and bug fixes, which would lead me to believe changes in implementation and not any API's. Not sure how those code changes would affect the SL4 team. Looks like Silverlight 4 development will have to wait a little longer.
2/9/2010 11:05 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Mark -- I think there was more than just perf/bug fixes...but regardless -- just being able to target/test/etc on the build for something for public consumption takes resources.
2/9/2010 11:10 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Tim, can you confirm if it's possible to do Silverlight 3 development with WCF RIA Services targeting .NET 3.5 SP1 in the VS 2010 RC?
2/9/2010 11:19 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
George -- NO. Silverlight 3 + RIA Services development is VS2008. When RIA Services releases, it will be an SL4 development story only. VS2010/RIA Services support is SL4-targeted (as it is in the Beta 2)
2/9/2010 11:23 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Michael -- I can't disagree about the disappointment. But in order to get continued feedback on the core VS tool, I think getting out the major improvements for the VS tool was important to the team. Having them wait for other tools isn't ideal for them. Having a release without our tools isn't ideal for us. I understand the frustration.
2/9/2010 11:26 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
OK, thanks for clearing that up for me Tim. You just saved me a lot of time :)
2/9/2010 11:29 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
@Tim: "I think there was more than just perf/bug fixes"

There doesn't seem to be a clear party-line on this - for example: http://blogs.msdn.com/dajung is sufficiently confident that the opposite to what you're saying is true that he reached for the 'bold' button.

But with regard to your answer to my earlier point, I clearly made the point very badly - I was categorically *not* saying that the releases should all be on a single timeline. I was saying that the problem is that you actually *can't* release independantly of each other without things breaking. (Ok, I'm sure your releases don't break VS, but their's break you, even when they're supposedly only making perf changes.)

I think it's great that SL and MVC can release on a different schedule to VS - I just wish the platform supported you in being able to do this.
2/9/2010 11:32 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Will -- I stand corrected. I know, however, that there *are* bug fixes for XAML designer, etc. So while the focus is performance, I can assure you bugs have been fixed. The platform DOES enable us to release differently *when* the platform is finished. The problem is you are dealing with VS (beta), MVC (beta), SL4 (beta), RIA Services (beta). All are moving targets with changes within them.
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2/9/2010 12:14 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Don't worry about it, Tim. If people want to develop with beta software, they oughta expect they have to play by some rules. It's too bad the beta term/concept has become what it has, but them's the breaks eh. Beta isn't just a free pass to get everything for free before it's even done yet.
2/9/2010 2:06 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Tim, understand but it would have been nice to know as the RC was released... maybe some tweets in future letting us know compatibility?

We can wait for updates, after all it is beta stuff we're dealing with but what's deal with your policy of not responding when developers and customers (who are championing your Silverlight beta) ask you what the rough dates for updates are? You know it's because we're all super excited right? :)
2/9/2010 2:27 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Mike -- this information is coming out ahead of the (public) RC so this is your notice :-) -- ScottGu also mentioned it yesterday as well.

As to not revealing rough dates -- not my department :-) -- I'd yell to the world if I could. We have said that we'll be releasing SL4 in the first half of this year...that's pretty rough date :-).
2/9/2010 3:14 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Hi Tim,
just want to say "THANKS!" to you and your team for your work on SL,in particular to you that inform us on each change/news about it.

During my day i'm sure that if there will be any news on SL, you'll post it to us on this blog, FB or Twitter, so i've not to search around for them and spend time, this is very important.
Regarding SL4, for me no problem; take your time to create a super release.

2/9/2010 6:48 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
It is disappointing about WCF RIA 3.5 not being available in this build as this cuts out of lot of Silverlight N-Tier development in VS2010. We do not want to consume time creating legacy WCF services again when RIA WCF works on VS2008 now. We understand SL4 and WCF RIA for NET 4 will take some time to finish, but it would have been nice to use VS2010 to develop our Net3.5 applications with WCF RIA. It appears Silverlight has taken a hit with this release, dropping SL4 support, Silverlight wcf services and any RIA 3.5 support.
2/9/2010 9:12 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
dp - how about less than 4 months ;-)
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2/9/2010 11:26 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
I hope the delay in SL4 (and VS.NET 2010's support of it) has something to do with being able to develop Win 7 mobile applications with Silverlight!
2/10/2010 2:56 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Will The Silverlight 4 final release be shipped with the Visual Studio 2010 final release ?
2/10/2010 7:34 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Lack of SL4 and RIA in VS2010 RC is very disappointing. It's seriously starting to seem like it's being made difficult to develop with these technologies - completely drop support for visual editing here, put out a release candidate of the flagship development product with no support there... It's certainly making me wary of choosing SL for any future development.
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2/10/2010 9:50 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
I agree with Kevin. This is not professional and suggests clear mis-management within the teams. There is no point in delivering a RC product without being feature complete. SL always seems to be an add-on on top of Visual Studio. Microsoft got us excited about a really cool and good technology and now suddenly its not important to release Visual Studio 2010 RC with SL4 support? No excuses or reasons should be given to support this mess. It is clearly disappointing.
2/10/2010 10:15 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
@Tim - "Mark -- I think there was more than just perf/bug fixes...but regardless -- just being able to target/test/etc on the build for something for public consumption takes resources."

So now it's a resource issue? While I agree that SL4 is a beta product and we as developers should lower our expectations a little. But it's frustrating all of these great new features are showed off at PDC which finally puts this product on par with Flash. Then when trying to test SL4 with 2010 the performance is a joke. Which are then addressed in VS 2010 but not with SL4 development. Leads me to believe that SL4 development in VS 2010 still isn't fixed, which explains the exclusion of it in the RC.
2/10/2010 11:03 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
I dont't think the lack of support for SL4 in VS2010 RC is an issue in itself. After all, as you said, all these products are un beta phase...

But in this case, will the Beta 2 stay downloadable? It doesn't seem to be available anymore on the MSDN subscribers website. Will it stay on the public VS WebSite, or won't it be removed altogether?
2/10/2010 11:21 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Drazen - re: final version of VS -- depends on the ship cycle timeframes for lockdown of release builds -- don't hold your breath -- it will likely be a tools add-on like before.

Scott - we will ship SL4 in the first half of this year.

Kevin -- makes you wary of Silverlight development? Why because of internal scheduling conflicts? Seems a bit of a reach for me -- we've got a great product coming in SL4 and are progressing nicely. BOTH products are in beta. This is the cost of being on the bleeding edge.

Tom -- I can see the point from an external point of view. Anything I say about the organization of the teams won't change your mind, so I won't try. Sure it's disappointing, but it's beta on both sides. We could have just not shipped anything preview...but that would be the wrong thing to do. One team was done and the others weren't. The *shipping* product of Silverlight is supported in the RC of the tools.

Ken -- I'm trying to push the muckity-mucks now :-)

Mark Struck -- haven't you worked on a team with limited resources? Should we have focused on making the tools work in the RC and potentially slip our final release dates? There are many things that go into various products being dependent upon each other. VS is not the same team as Silverlight. I know that's not any consolation, but we (Silverlight tools) are building on top of what the shell provides.

Jean -- yes, the beta 2 will stay downloadable -- this was a bit of a forgotten task from the teams admittedly. We rectified it quickly yesterday. The links on the silverlight.net beta page are valid or you can see them here: msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ff394718.aspx
2/10/2010 1:33 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
I wish I'd known about this on December 17th when Scott Gu promised an RC. I'm sure I'm not the only one who assumed the RC would at least be able to run SL4 even if it couldn't.

Is it fair to say that any performance issues that existed with SL4 under Beta 2 would have also existed under SL3 and we shouldn't worry about them?

Also do you have any recommendations on downgrading an SL4 app to SL3. I'm crashing 10 times a day with Beta 2 on a pretty simple project and had pretty much abandoned development for RC without any forewarning that SL4 wouldn't be in there :-(
2/10/2010 2:36 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
So the Blend Preview for .NET 4 will not be updated until the next public build of SL4. Is that correct? Currently, VS 2010 RC solutions and projects will not open in the Blend Preview previously released whereas they used to with VS 2010 B2. It crashes Blend with:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: CLR20r3
Problem Signature 01: blend.exe
Problem Signature 02: 3.1.11111.0
Problem Signature 03: 4afb1ef7
Problem Signature 04: Microsoft.Expression.Project
Problem Signature 05: 3.1.11111.0
Problem Signature 06: 4afb1ddf
Problem Signature 07: 606
Problem Signature 08: 0
Problem Signature 09: System.InvalidOperationException
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.48
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 0a9e
Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
Additional Information 3: 0a9e
Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
2/10/2010 2:54 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
If internal scheduling conflicts is what you'd like to chalk it up to Tim, then yes - that is what makes me wary of Silverlight development. The out of phase development cycles always seem to lead to a situation where our projects cannot even go through testing in new (beta) versions of .NET, SL, RIA, EF, or VS because there always seems to be something out of sync. X doesn't work with Y until next release, but then Y doesn't work with Z, and on and on. The end result seems to be anything BUT being on the 'bleeding edge', in that we have to wait until the final releases of X, Y, AND Z before we can do beta testing of our own.
2/10/2010 3:08 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Kevin -- there are varying factors. Scheduling is one, features is another, blah blah. Nothing I can say will change your mind. We have a product called VS, we have one called Silverlight that has tools that build ON TOP of VS. One was done before the other for this particular release and the teams made decisions based on what impact to their release schedules it would have. If you are frustrated about working with betas, I can appreciate that -- but we've never hid the fact that they are betas. We've never said anything is ready to go live for SL4, etc.

Again, I can't disagree with the disappointment, but I think you're making a mountain out of a mole hill. I was a frustrated user on the outside as well until I gained context of the things that MSFT has to go through with various product development lifecycles.

I still don't get why not having a compatible BETA tool would make you wary of it. That doesn't change our priority to ship at our desired time. It doesn't change our excitement around the platforms. We're making SL4 a great product and moving toward shipping it on the timetable we set as a goal. We couldn't win really...if I announced that the release of SL4 would slip 3 months because we wanted to have an RC compatible build supported to the public would that be acceptable? Of course not...people would be just as upset. So given what I've seen in past history, this sucks not having the tools to give to you guys, but I'm more excited about shipping on time.

We WILL have compatible tools available, just not right now at the same time. We want to make sure that the tools we release will work, work well and we can provide some level of support on them. The team decided for various reasons they couldn't TODAY. And rest assured, like I said, I am actually on your side -- and have been pushing to change this in the short term. I'm just a little cog in this great machine.

Horse is dead.
2/10/2010 5:39 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Thanks Tim, throw me in the camp being appreciative of the forward news.

Sometimes, I think that we as a development community get so locked into our own world that we forget that at the end of the day, MSFT has the same type of development problems that most of us have - only on one heck of a massive scale.

Looking forward to the future, hopefully the near-term future :)
2/10/2010 7:14 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
whats going to happen here is there will be an overwhelming amount of dead horse beating that perhaps the priority will change.

i actually came back to this blog entry to make the point that anybody using SL4 MUST be already using VS2010 - and most likely not having a great experience with VS2010 Beta 2. therefore they would probably prefer waiting a little longer for SL4 RTM so as to be able to benefit from all the bug fixes now.

then i saw you'd said "if I announced that the release of SL4 would slip 3 months because we wanted to have an RC compatible build supported to the public would that be acceptable?".

to be perfectly honest my answer to that question is YES. it really honestly is.
2/10/2010 9:56 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
I think it's simple: don't release RC candidates without SL 4 IF SL4 is to be in the rtm. A 'RC' means it contains what is in rtm right??

Problem solved. :)
2/10/2010 10:28 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
@steve i think the point is that its quite likely SL4 will NOT be in the RTM. i'm not aware that it was ever announced that it would be and I'm actually not expecting it to be.

the problem is that 2010 is the ONLY IDE you can develop SL4 under and a LOT of bugs have been fixed that directly affect it. i think pretty much everyone assumed that something would be available to run under VS2010 RC to at least fix these day to day performance issues. so if you're running any other projects with 2010 you're stuck having to run with 2 machines and not knowing how long it will be for a new one.
2/11/2010 1:39 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
i think i will keep VS2010Beta2 on my laptop & VS2010RC on my PC.
SL4 and RIA are very very nice.
Far too nice to chuck away just yet.

Keep up the good work and thank you
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2/11/2010 4:27 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
As an intermim measure I am using Windows 7 with a set of bootable VHDs. 1 VHD has VS2010 Beta 2 for SL4 dev and another has VS 2010 RC for ASP.NET, MVC, Winforms, WPF, SharePoint 2007/2010, Azure dev. Inconvenient, yes, unworkable, no.

Presumably we are all waiting for a new drop of SL4 to address bugs discovered in the current beta. How is this different from waiting for VS2010 RC support?
2/11/2010 5:24 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Hi Tim
Just wondering what happened to RIA Domain Services and the Silverlight Business App in RC? I like the new speed but see only a Navigation app template - is there a new download for the old service/new WCF service?
2/11/2010 5:37 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Oooops - just seen that you answered this earlier - only like to add my extreme disappointment at lack of RIA services and SL4 to the longer and longer queue
2/11/2010 8:32 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
@sc because it means that for our primary machines we can't upgrade to VS2010 for new projects and take advantage of all the bug fixes for everything else. i want to upgrade my main MVC project to VS2010 and check for performance issues - after all scottgu said to personally email him if we find issues and i'd like to take him up on that. but then I lose my entire ability to develop SL4 without dual booting or going out and buying a new computer! thats the pain of the reality here - made much harder by the fact that we all kind of assumed at least SL4 beta would work with VS2010. i've had NO issues with the runtime for SL4 on PC as far as i know - its just the XAML editor and crashing IDE which makes it a pain. i'm in no hurry to get SL4 final bits just yet - just crashing 10 times a day is not working anymore
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2/11/2010 9:30 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
4 months is a pretty scary number. I understand you were or were not being conservative, but my gut tells me that would be post-VS2010 RTM and we will only be a few months away from a SL5 announcement. Sounds like the SL team needs to talk to the MVC team about how they are able to get builds out so people can move forward. They took heat for only supporting the initial MVC 2 release for VS2008, but at least they gave their developers a path. Right now, if you want to do anything w/SL4 you are stuck with essentially a broken dev platform. I would be happy if there was no Cider support and I could at least load/edit and build SL4 solutions so our cross platform projects were using the same IDE, etc. (I am not saying Cider is the issue, but I can see where it has alot of IDE dependencies...)

Life on the edge I guess...I am just ranting because 4 months is a very scary number. MIX I can live with. Tech-Ed is more disconcerting.
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2/11/2010 12:37 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
@simon - if you do have access to Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 do try and give Bootable VHD a go. If you're worried about your current build, I believe you could use Virtual PC to convert your C:\ to a VHD and then mark it to detect the HAL as part of the bcdedit process. Not perfect but at least you could move ahead on both fronts
2/11/2010 3:44 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
so simply, ... dont worry, be happy ... and wait little bit for next big thing :-)
2/12/2010 2:51 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Is there any way to run: VS2010RC, SL3 + RIA WCF Services? I can't find a download or method to do this. I'm ok, for now, to use SL3 to get a new project up and running - knowing that I'll move it up to SL4 later - but I really would like to be in 2010 / .Net 4 to be working on the server side in the meantime.

Any way to do this?
2/12/2010 6:00 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Dave -- no, the supported SL3/RIA Services mechanism is VS2008.
2/13/2010 3:39 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Tim, the length of feedback should be enough to sow the seeds of doubt in your minds at Microsoft that developers see Silverlight as the requisite breakthrough to stem the divide between web and Windows development and that after all this time the release of VS2010 was perceived to be, rightly or wrongly, all about consolidation, ending 'out of band' addons (or whatever you want to term them) and bringing Silverlight to the fore of VS development. You are understandably defensive but I just don't see how VS2010 is going to live up to the perception.
2/13/2010 3:01 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
I don't quite understand many posters disposition here. These are beta tools we are talking about. I for one am extremely appreciative of every preview, beta and RC iteration we get to try. It gives me time to get my feet wet with new features/enhancements so that I can be familiar with them or have a base set up for the RTM iteration. Though I don't usually use these tools for final production development (Although, that is becoming more and more untrue, with situations like Beta 2's go live license, definitely usable for production development in WPF and Silverlight 3) I wouldn't however, start anticipated production development with Silverlight 4 now, and then be disappointed that my assumption that it would be released on a certain schedule was not confirmed to be true. You shouldn't make assumptions like these, and should make careful decisions on when to start production development with a new iteration, in accordance with when its final release will be. I feel a lot of the heat is coming from those that made these assumptions.
To wrap it up, although Microsoft receives a lot of flack in the development community outside of .NET for whatever reasons, I think Microsoft is doing an awesome job, and have never regretted switching to development on Microsoft's platforms. Silverlight is advancing at a rapid pace, and the fact that we actually get to get our hands on new tools, and we can give feedback that is worked with and used to iron out any issues for the final build - that idea to me at least is working fantastically. You definitely can't please everybody, and it's unfortunate that many have this "give-me, give-me, I deserve this" attitude in today's world, which is even reflected in our development community. I for one think Microsoft is doing a great job, and should keep up the great work!
2/15/2010 11:00 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
SAM I agreed with your comment about
"I hope the delay in SL4 (and VS.NET 2010's support of it) has something to do with being able to develop Win 7 mobile applications with Silverlight!"
But it could be better if this RC could be delayed about 2 weeks and SL4 team should also try to release early build that is after a week of RC.
Anyway the brains at MS$ might have thought something else
2/17/2010 9:25 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
I can totally see how it would be difficult to juggle all the simultaneous projects and get them all lined up for release at exactly the same time. I don't see the big deal in the RC not working with SL4 at this time. If you're doing SL4 you're working with beta versions anyway, so just hold off on the RC for now, big deal.

Personally I'd much rather see things delayed and come out higher quality than rushing and screwing it up.
2/18/2010 1:48 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Alexandr, very cool! Can anyone translate to English?
2/18/2010 3:45 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
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2/19/2010 3:45 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Hmmm.. Silverlight 4 tools for Windows Phone 7 Series development?
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2/22/2010 9:56 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
Thank you Alex

It is work with sl4 also with RIA (busines application)
2/23/2010 2:34 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
I am a little bit confused. By providing a Release Candidate version of VS2010, I think a very important VS milestone has been reached. In my opinion it should be one of the most important things to do for the Silverlight development team to migrate the Visual Studio tools for Silverlight 4 beta to the RC version as soon as possible. And by the way, there should'nt be much work for you less to support the RTM version of VS when it will be released in April.
3/9/2010 11:28 AM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
@Tim: "but I'm more excited about shipping on time."

Personally, I fall in the camp of "Thanks for the useful update - Appreciate it" but I couldn't help laughing when I read that about 3 posts after you gave one of the more vague release dates I've heard in a while (H1 2010)

:D
12/21/2010 11:52 PM | # re: Quick FAQ on Visual Studio 2010 RC release (February 2010) and Silverlight development
My Visual Studio 2010 was working fine this morning (I run in in XP sP3 under Paralles) I restarted the entire laptop and I started getting this error. I even uninstalled VS2010, deleted the Visual Studio 20010 directory on the My Documents area and reinstalled it, and it is still giving me that error every time I try to start it. I'm not sure if stackoverflow is the place to ask it, but I am at my wits end trying to get this running again (trying to avoid rebuilding the entire Virtual PC) Does anyone know how to fix this? erwin@testking 642-374testking 642-384 from USA
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