Visual Studio 2012 RTM Comes Chock Full of Enhancements
Design and Build User Interfaces With Blend
Building a Windows 8 App With Blend
This is an example of Blend showing a Windows 8 grid application. In the middle is the HTML layout, which the programmer can design visually. At the bottom is the source for the HTML and CSS, with style rules and DOM information on the left.
Quickly Change Color Schemes to Your Liking
If you're not happy with the boring dark theme, you can switch to a lighter theme, which some people may well find equally boring.
Visual Basic Provides More Project Options
Create Silverlight, HTML5 Apps With LightSwitch
LightSwitch also comes with Visual Studio. When you install the latest updates, you can use it to create not only Silverlight-based applications, but HTML5 applications as well, using either Visual Basic or C#.
Using Open Data Protocol With LightSwitch
LightSwitch lets you use Microsoft's Open Data Protocol to easily connect to remote databases. Here we're connecting to a free read-only version of Northwind that Microsoft has made available.
LightSwitch Lets You Work With Multiple Data Entities
After connecting to the remote database, LightSwitch lets you choose the entities you wish to model in your application. The entities include tables and views.
HTML5 Lets LightSwitch Application Work With Any Browser
The running LightSwitch application uses HTML5 and can therefore be run in any modern browser.
Designing a Windows 8 Application
When creating a XAML-based Windows 8 application in Visual Studio, you can use the designer to lay out your screens visually.
Creating Solution Explorer Windows
Visual Studio lets you create additional Solution Explorer windows. These are actual separate windows that can be moved to additional monitors.
Moving Document Files to Separate Screens
Another new feature of Visual Studio 2012 is that now you can move your document files to another screen and combine them into a single tabbed window. This works hand-in-hand with a second Solution Explorer window.
IDE Search Feature
Visual Studio 2012 includes a new IDE Search feature that behaves much like the Windows Start Menu search. You can type in a feature name, and a clickable menu will fill with features matching that name.