I recently updated my laptop configuration and did some spring cleaning. It was time to re-install the tools and get the machine ready. I do most of my development in Virtual Machines (virtualbox) but I typically have Visual Studio on my local machine for ease of use.
I realized that there are a lot of coponents you have to instll to get VS to work the way you like. I remembered from a tech-ed conference last year that Scott Hanselman mentioned they were trying to make that process easier. He referenced the INSTALL EVERYTHING button on asp.net. So I decided to give that process a try. It was missing a few things, like the full version of VS2010 ultimate and other items, but I will walk you through my process.
NOTE: these steps all start after a fresh Win7 x64 install with patches.
2. Install VS2010 (what every your version is) I have Ultimate. Since SQL express R2 was installed by the above installer the VS2010 package did not try to install it.
3. I then add the following from the web platform installer:
- SQL 2008 R2 Express Management tools
- IIS recommended configuration
- IIS URL Redirect
- ASP.NET MVC 3 (VS2010)
- Windows Phone SDK 7.1
- PHP 5.3
4. Last item is svn : http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/
When done I have a pretty solid developer box ready with all the base tools. The next step will be to add onto this list (nuget). Most of the add-on’s are from Hanselmans Ultimate list and are too many to count. But for a base developer setup this gets me working fast.