Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 is now available for MSDN subscribers

It’s here! There are updates to both the testing features and the code visualization & modeling features. I’m really excited about the new testing features: You’ll be able to create coded UI tests for Silverlight 4 applications!!

Check out for more details. It has an excellent set of Getting Started resources for working with Feature Pack 2.



Day of Silverlight!

In case you haven’t already heard the buzz, there’s going to be a Silverlight Firestarter on December 2, hosted in Redmond and streamed online to the world. If you can get to Redmond, sign up and fly away. If you can’t, just watch online and enjoy.

  • “It’s just like an extra day of PDC, dedicated to Silverlight”

What is the Silverlight Firestarter?

  • An Event. A one day, global, live streamed and on demand event keynoted by Scott Guthrie.
  • Training. New self-paced labs and walk through videos.
  • Interactive. Watch live and ask the Silverlight product team questions during the event.
  • Why Silverlight? Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web, desktop, and mobile applications when online or offline.


VS 2010 productivity power tools update

Somehow missed this from a couple of weeks ago. There’s a new version of the Visual Studio 2010 Power Tools available.

In this third major release of the Power Tools we have made significant improvements to the Solution Navigator and the Tab Well to address our top customer requests.

The updated Solution Navigator is sweet. . .

In other words, it merges functionality from Solution Explorer, Class View, Object Browser, Call Hierarchy, Navigate To, and Find Symbol References all into one tool window!


Setting up video recording for Microsoft Test Manager

A while back I posted a blog entry detailing some of the steps that were glossed over in the MSDN documentation on how to install the media encoder for video recording.

The version of encoder that should be used changed in August when Expression 4 was released. The Windows Media Encoder is now obsolete for Test Manager video recordings. Expression Encoder 4 should be used.

Download details and installation instructions can be found at and Mike Snell updated his blog post with some new screen shots:

Giles Davies has a nice post that highlights the additional configuration settings you can use with Expression Encoder 4.