Visual Studio 2012 RTM Comes Chock Full of Enhancements

By Jeff Cogswell  |  Posted 2012-11-30 Print this article Print
Design and Build User Interfaces With Blend

Design and Build User Interfaces With Blend

The edition of Blend in Visual Studio 2012 includes two project types, both for Windows Store. One is HTML and the other is XAML. The HTML type is limited to the JavaScript language, whereas XAML allows you to code in C#, Visual Basic or Microsoft's Managed C++.


Microsoft has released the Release to Manufacturing version of Visual Studio 2012. This means the version should be identical to the final release. This new version includes a huge number of enhancements. In addition to some small language enhancements, the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) itself includes such new features as an IDE search dropdown, as well as separate Solution Explorer windows that can be combined with tabbed document windows on extra monitors. Additionally, Visual Studio 2012 includes a special edition of Blend that allows you to create Windows 8 applications in JavaScript using either HTML or XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language). Visual Studio also ships with LightSwitch, which can subsequently be upgraded for free to finally support HTML 5 applications instead of the previous Silverlight applications. LightSwitch also lets you connect to remote databases using Microsoft's Open Data Protocol. Microsoft has made a free read-only version of their Northwind database available online for testing with LightSwitch. Here we explore these features.


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