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Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2010 Developer’s Handbook by Klaus Löffelmann and Sarika Calla Purohit

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Zooming In the New and Improved WPF-Based IDE

If you have been following any of the marketing campaigns for Visual Studio 2010, you must have heard the phrase “New, Improved WPF IDE,” and you might have wondered why. During development of Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft placed special emphasis on ensuring that that Visual Studio had the most modern look and feel. That includes some new and upcoming UI gestures and also includes extensibility features built into Visual Studio. Because of the mature code base of Visual Studio components, these goals could be accomplished only by upgrading the codebase, making it more componentized by separating business logic from the presentation layer. As a technology, WPF leads naturally to this “separated presentation” ...

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