Review: Visual Studio 2012 shines on Windows 8

By Rick Grehan, InfoWorld |  Software, Visual Studio, visual studio 2012

Visual Studio is no longer simply an IDE, no longer a place you go just to write and debug C/C++ code. It has long since become something of a development mashup. It's where you go to tackle any task in the development process, regardless of the target. It's where you head to do your LightSwitch development, your SQL Server development, your Web application development, your Windows Azure development, and your ASP.Net or Windows Forms development in C#, F#, VB.Net, and -- oh, yes -- good old Visual C++. Naturally, it's where you build applications for http://www.infoworld.com/category/tags/microsoft-windows-azure and Windows RT.

That's not all. With the new Visual Studio 2012, you have to start wondering what you don't do in Visual Studio 2012. It's not the Master Control Program by a long shot ... but it's trying.

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As with earlier releases of Visual Studio, Visual Studio 2012 is available in several editions. The Express editions are, of course, free. Whereas some of the non-free editions target QA and Team Managers, the Express editions are intended specifically for developers:

Express 2012 for Web. Aimed at Web developers, this version provides tools for HTML5 and JavaScript, with particular attention paid to jQuery. It also includes a CSS editor that understands CSS3. For server-side code, you can develop ASP.Net or MVC framework applications in any of the .Net languages.

Express for Windows Desktop. This version of Express caters to the more traditional developer, one employing the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Forms, or the tried-and-true Win32 libraries. This edition also supports the creation of Windows 8 Store applications.

Express for Windows 8. Provides a trimmed-down IDE specifically for creating Window Store applications using either HTML5 and JavaScript or XAML plus C#, VB.Net, or C++. This Express edition also includes the Blend tool for UI construction.


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