Scenes from the Sydney .NET User Group (October 2011)

Last night, a number of folks in the community met up to hear Anthony Borton (@AnthonyBorton) talk about Visual Studio and ALM. Having never met Anthony before, I was keen to introduce myself and hear what he had to say about some of the latest innovations that have made their way into Microsoft’s IDE.

Anthony spent some time providing some background about himself and sharing stories of his adventures overseas in America. He had been fortunate enough to have attended the BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA and was the beneficary of a sleek, Samsung-based Windows 8 tablet, which I was able to touch and hold for the first time. (More on this in a later blog post.)

Anthony then spent some time providing a high-level overview of Visual Studio vNext. There’s a lot to take in. According to Anthony, just as much as Visual Studio 2010 was a release that greatly enhanced the testing capablities on-offer, Visual Studio vNext is equally enhanced for the development side of the house. This makes sense, of course, when one considers that it is an IDE afterall. That stated, the features that Anthony demonstrated certainly will make the collective lives of developers a little easier, which is always nice to see. Much of the content and materials (by the way) that Anthony highlighted are readily available so make sure to check them out on via the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview.

Overall, I came away looking forward to the next version of Visual Studio. As a strong supporter of the “developer cause”, it was nice to see many of the new features starting to take shape in the vNext bits. 

Already, I’m looking forward to the next meeting of the Sydney .NET User Group. If you haven’t yet joined and you’re looking for a place to hang out for an evening and to have a chat with some fellow developers, why not drop by? The group meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Join the Facebook group and say “hello”!