Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta released and breaks ASP.NET MVC 3

Developers working with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 can look forward to the first major upgrade to the .NET development environment released alongside .NET 4 earlier in the year. Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta was made available late last week, and the release is now generally available. Despite it being a “beta”, it comes with a so-called “go-live” license, which permits its use in production environments if the developer is ready to take the risk.

The main features of the Service Pack is that Visual Studio now comes pre-installed with the Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010 alongside the existing Silverlight 3 support. Unit testing has been enabled for .NET 3.5-specific dependencies where it was only available for .NET 4 previously; and the IntelliTrace debugging feature has been enhanced to work with 64-bit and SharePoint projects. There is also a new offline help viewer to ease some of the problems getting support in Visual Studio.

The only problem so far is that the Service Pack breaks the ASP.NET MVC 3 Release Candidate installation (the Razor IntelliSense component) so this will be unavailable if you have the MVC 3 RC installed and wish to try out the Service Pack; however a fix is promised Monday so if you have installed already you can just update next week and all will be working correctly.

Check out the official announcement by Jason Zander and get the download from MSDN or the public release.

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