Thursday, October 27, 2011

Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2

Between all the fuzz about Windows 8 and Visual Studio 11, you should almost forget that we still have a long way to go with Visual Studio 2010.

Microsoft extended the rich feature set of VS by releasing the second Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack. This Feature Pack has following features :-

  • Testing features:
    • Playback tests using the Mozilla Firefox browser. You can use Windows Internet Explorer 7 (or later versions) to record UI actions on a website or a Web-based application and then play back the tests using the Mozilla Firefox browser version 3.5 and 3.6.

    • Edit coded UI tests using the Coded UI Test Editor. The editor lets you easily modify your coded UI tests. You can locate, view, and edit your test methods, UI actions and their associated controls in the UI control map.

    • You can create coded UI tests or action recordings for Silverlight 4 applications. Action recordings enable you to fast forward through steps in a manual test.

  • Code visualization and modeling features:
    • Use the Generate Code command to generate skeleton code from elements on UML class diagrams. You can use the default transformations, or you can write custom transformations to translate UML types into code.

    • Create UML class diagrams from existing code.

    • Explore the organization and relationships in C, C++, and ASP.NET projects by generating dependency graphs.

    • Import elements from UML sequence diagrams, class diagrams, and use case diagrams as XMI 2.1 files that are exported from other modeling tools.

    • Create links and view links from work items to model elements.

    • Create layer diagrams from C or C++ code and validate dependencies.

    • Write code to modify layer diagrams and to validate code against layer diagrams.

Remark: This package is only available for MSDN subscribers.