Tuesday at the VSLive conference in Austin, TX, I presented a session on Visual Studio 2008. This was an all-demo session, but some of the demos required some prepared code, so you can grab that code, as always, from my Google Code SVN repository. If you don’t want to checkout the trunk, you can grab the zip file that’s available on the right hand side of the home page “vslivedemos.zip”.
Another little known feature of VS 2008 is XSLT debugging. Hopefully you don’t do too much custom XSLT, but I remember doing it and trying to figure out what what missing when it just wouldn’t do what I wanted. Now we can set breakpoints both in the XSLT file as well as the Xml data file and examine what is going on while the transformation is happening.
Downsides of VS 2008. Same boring Refactoring menu. There was a bunch of buzz around VS 2005 and refactoring, but they pretty much ignored it for 2008. Shame. Resharper continues to be a staple in my toolbox.
MSTest has now been brought to the developer sku, not just for Team edition for this release. How much does that matter? Not much given that it still has major shortcomings that make NUnit still come out on top.