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Visual Studio 2010 release ups testing tools ante

Visual Studio 2010 release ups testing tools ante

Development and testing now closer during product cycle

Another Visual Studio user is Red Lizard Software, a NICTA-funded startup that develops automated code testing tools.

The company’s technical lead Ralf Huuck said the developers starting using Visual Studio in September last year and have been successful.

“We’ve been working with Microsoft to integrate with Visual Studio 2010 and it will be released simultaneously,” Huuck said.

Red Lizard’s product, Goanna, is a sophisticated way of studying source code automatically -- from syntax and how memory is used to identifying generic programming mistakes.

“This type of static analysis complementary to testing,” Huuck said. “We do this for C and C++ code which is the area where most things can go wrong and those languages are used most extensively in mission critical systems.”

Huuck says Visual Studio looks “much slicker” and integrates more tightly with Goanna. The next step is integration with Team Foundation Server.

Microsoft’s Guckenheimer said about 50 partners will launch products with Visual Studio 2010.

“For example, Micro Focus has a whole development experience around Cobol ready to go,” he said. “Cobol is a big step forward. You have the full Visual Studio experience on the legacy language and the ability to migrate between their language and Visual Studio.”

Microsoft also plans to announce an Eclipse-based client for Team Foundation Server for improved Java support.

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