What’s New in Visual Studio 11 for Developers

Last month I wrote a quick review for Visual Studio 11, which is literally a quick and general introduction to VS 11. The article today, as my exploration deepens, focuses on the improvements that are crucial for developers. They are:

  1. Windows Metro style apps
  2. IDE
  3. Async feature and Caller information for VB & C#
  4. Parallel related improvements for C++
  5. New in JavaScript & Visual F#
  6. New in Debugging
  7. New for data application development
  8. ASP.Net 4.5 and Web Development
  9. .Net 4.5
  10. Integration with Dynamsoft Source Control


1. Windows Metro style apps

Windows Metro style apps come with Windows 8. They are similar to Android apps and iOS apps but brand new on Windows platform. There’re two things you need to do before starting to develop and test these apps. First, you must install Visual Studio 11 on Windows 8. Second, you must obtain a developer license1 for the Windows Store.
You can develop a Metro style app2 using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript; XAML with C++, C#, or Visual Basic; native C++ and HLSL. See the diagram below.

2. IDE

The IDE of Visual Studio 11 is backward compatible. I can open all files, projects or solutions that were created in Visual Studio 2010 with SP1. The earlier versions like VS 6.0, VS 2003, VS 2005 are not tested yet. However, I strongly recommend you to upgrade your projects in avoid of any unex
The new Solution Explorer brings much convenience for developers to manage codes. We can left click on a file to preview the code inside, double left click to open it. The code preview tab is in the top-right of the code editor. See the screenshot below.pected problems.

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Quick Review: Microsoft Visual Studio 11

vs 11 beta logo

Ever since its development information unveiled to the public, Visual Studio 11 has received lots of concerns and discussions from software developers. The latest beta version was released in early this month. Download

So finally I had the chance to open Visual Studio 11 Beta after hours of waiting and setting up Windows 8 virtual environment. The first thing I must say is that, the Metro UI is revolutionary, neat and of great simplicity. Comparing to the popular Mac OS X UI, Windows has at last found its own style.

1. Trouble-free Installation
2. Developer-friendly UI
3. IDE Enhancements
4. Connect to Team Foundation Server
5. Other Improvements
6. Installation Requirements

1. Trouble-free Installation

The installation is unbelievably trouble-free! It took me about only 5 minutes to walk through the process. Double-click, install then finish.
If installed on Windows 8, the VS 11 will put several tiles on the Metro screen. A system restart is required after the installation to update all added components.

VS 11 Beta install

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