Visual Studio Professional 2012
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- License quantity: 1 User^Professional developers need professional tools^Provides the ability to maintain and modernize existing applications while building cutting-edge apps for new platforms such as windows 8^Blend for visual studio, you can design immersive experiences in both XAML and HTML5 for windows 8^LightSwitch projects you can rapidly produce out-of-the-box line-of-business application
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Microsoft visual studio professional 2012 is professional developers need professional tools. Visual studio professional 2012 is a unified development experience that enables developers to create multi-tier applications across the web, cloud and devices. It provides the ability to maintain and modernize existing applications while building cutting-edge apps for new platforms such as Windows 8. With blend for visual studio, you can design immersive experiences in both XAML and HTML5 for Windows 8 and with light switch projects you can rapidly produce out-of-the-box line-of-business applications.
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These are very much experiences after use of couple of weeks. Hopefully I found all the settings to make VS to feel more helpful tool for me. And hopefully the support for old platforms is getting better otherwise I need multiple versions of Visual Studio.
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I wish I had done more research and watched some of the videos before purchasing. At a minimum I would suggest a trial install before buying. If I had it to do again, I would have purchased the older VS2010 version.
As others have stated, the new user interface is a step backwards. There are any number of small details which make this system LESS productive than older versions and doubly hard to use if your familiar with an older version. The lack of color and alterations in the menu system and keyboard shortcuts make it hard to find things I was already familiar with. Changes in the way simple tools work are also unwelcome. Exampled: Quick Find used to allow an exact match, but now I must use global Find and Replace, F7 used to toggle between design and code view for a form, but not it is F7 to see code and Shift + F7 to go back to design. The rule of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' is obviously not the Microsoft way of doing things.
But the really big problem is that some operations (not to mention a lot of legacy code) do not work at all. I tried creating a test Access2013 database and used the Connect to Database utility and it failed with an "Unrecognized database format". I had to revert the format back to Access 2007 before it would connect. I can't wait to find out what happens when I connect to a huge SQL Server 2005 database I need for my serious work.
I'm sure this system does many wonderful things and I don't mind a learning curve for NEW functionality. But when I find it difficult (and sometimes impossible) to do work I've been doing for the past decade I find myself seriously regretting upgrading in the first place.
If you don't need this upgrade - avoid it!
Now the bad: the bleak Dieter from SNL approved interface is not only ugly, it reduces productivity. Just what is that tiny black and grey blob of an icon supposed to be anyway? The documentation continues its steady decline. Google and Stack Overflow are replacing the F1 key for simple reference lookup.
And finally, there is much gold to be found by playing with the settings. By default, the Find All References to a class method does a simple string search. They turned off using the compiler to determine which strings are relevant because 2010 was so pathetically slow. For 2012 the feature is fast enough to be worth turning back on.
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