After the Visual Studio 2010 SDK announcement yesterday, it’s my turn to be excited to announce the availability, today, of the Visual Studio 2010 DSL SDK Beta1!
Visual Studio 2010 ships with the DSL Tools and T4 runtime in the box in every edition since it is used by other tools in Visual Studio, such as the Linq to SQL designer. The DSL Tools SDK (for the DSL authoring experience) is shipped separately and depends on and exploits features in the Visual Studio SDK. This is the DSL SDK. This is a slight departure from Visual Studio 2008 where DSL Tools authoring shipped inside the VS SDK. Shipping separately gives us more flexibility on when we ship, in particular allows us to make more frequent improvements.
In Visual Studio 2010, the F5 experience is improved, and deployment of a DSL considerably simplified, exploiting the extension manager in the Visual Studio platform and the new facilities in the Visual Studio SDK top create a VSIX package which is a simple zip archive that unpacks itself into the User’s extensions folder. Visual Studio 2010 Beta1 also brings 11 new DSL features:
For samples and Beta 1 documentation, visit the following page on Code Gallery: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/DslTools. There is already the Read Me, and the online What's new. Be also sure to read the information in the download page, to help you getting started. We will progressively post samples there about the new features, so stay tuned, this is where the information will be available!
You will also have more information visiting the blogs of several members off the DSL Tools team:
I wish you to enjoy this Beta1 as much as we enjoyed building it