Visual Studio is an IDE (Internet development environment) developed by Microsoft and is known as a very powerful web development tool for all types of developers. The 2012 version comes with many editions such as Visual Studio Express, Visual Studio Premium, and Visual Studio Ultimate. The article shed light on the new and most important feature that is incorporated in the release of Visual Studio 2012 version
Revamped user interface
The user interface of Visual Studio is the first thing that comes into notice of a user. The visual studio introduces the colors in a new way in this version and users will be able to differentiate easily between the various icons on the toolbar.
Builds Metro style Apps
Microsoft.NET Framework 4.5
As all the new releases of Visual Studio comes with a new release of .NET Framework as well, in this way, Visual Studio 2012 is accompanied by the new .NET Framework 4.5. The significant changes in this version entail enhanced support for IPv6 and parallelism, along with the support for HTML 5, zip compression, WPF Ribbon bar and WebSockets as well. The updated ASP.NET Web Forms in Visual Studio 2012 support asynchronous modules, handles and lots more.
User has to buy Lightswitch separately to use in earlier versions of Visual Studio. However, certain edition of Visual Studio 2012 i-e Professional and above come with their own LightSwitch. Moreover, the LightSwitch has a brand new theme along with support for the element of branding and has now overall enhanced performance.
The older versions of Visual Studio used their own ASP.NET Development Server as a default webserver to locally test and run the web apps. However, with this mechanism, users often ran into various incompatibilities and differences while deploying their apps on IIS. Visual Studio 2012 brought a solution with its release in form of IIS Express as a local default web server. IIS Express is a self-contained and lightweight version of the original IIS. Express IIS entails all the fundamental capabilities that are expected in a full-fledged IIS.
Support for WinRT
The new solution explorer is a remarkable addition in Visual Studio 2012. It is a cross between class view and the Object Browser of previous versions. With this feature, users can easily navigate the objects of their projects and drill them down into properties and methods. It also enables users to search and preview the files, external items, and objects.
New SQL Server Object Explorer
Visual Studio 2012 comes with an improvement in SQL Server. In this version, it is integrated with the new SQL Server Object Explorer, which resembles more to the SQL Server Management Studio as compared to the old Server Explorer. Improved SQL Server Object Explorer displays column data types along with the foreign and primary keys as well.
All in all, Visual Studio comes with many new features that make it stand out among its predecessors. It’s a complete development tool to web developers of all types that is pro and beginners as the available tutorials are the perfect guide for beginners to start developing web apps with Visual Studio 2012.