Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 available

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Microsoft has released this morning Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 and Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 2. You should read the very interesting post from S. Somasegar about what’s new in this update. The development of this update was focused on five main points:

  • Agile planning
  • Quality enablement
    • Unit testing
    • UI testing
    • Microsoft Test Manager
    • Test Case Manager (Web Access)
  • Windows Store development
  • Line-Of-Business development
    • LightSwitch
    • SharePoint
    • Phone tools
  • General Developer Experience
    • Blend for Visual Studio 2012 supports Sketchflow, WPF and Silverlight
    • IDE, the Blue theme if VS 2010 is back.
    • Code map
    • Workflow designer
    • IntelliTrace
    • Performance and reliability

To learn more about the details of each improvement or features, please read the KB2797912. You will note the come back of the Blue theme of Visual Studio 2010, that was the top requested feature on the Visual Studio UserVoice. But, are you really going to use it? On my side, I’m using the plugin Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor with the theme Dark with Light Editor. I’ll install the Update 2 of Team Foundation Server later today. Do not hesitate to send your feedbacks on Visual Studio UserVoice, Microsoft is using it a lot to improve their tools. It would be silly not using it. And of course, Microsoft Connect to report bugs.

Download:

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Power Tools

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Microsoft and the Visual Studio ALM team released last week the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Power Tools. It’s time for you to install them if you’re running Visual Studio 2012 with TFS 2012.

One of my favorite and useful command that the power tools allows us to do is the Undo Unchanged. When you checkout a file but not make any changes, by default, Visual Studio will commit the file, but you can remove automatically all these unchanged checkout files with one action.

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In order to be able to use this command, in Visual Studio 2012, go to Tools | External Tools… Then create the command like below:

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Title: TFS Undo Unchanged
Command: C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012 Power ToolsTFPT.EXE
Arguments: uu /recursive /noget
Initial directory: $(SolutionDir)
Check Use Output window.

Download link: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/b1ef7eb2-e084-4cb8-9bc7-06c3bad9148f

Visual Studio 11 Beta is now available

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Today is a big day event for the Microsoft community, but not only for the developers. Microsoft have released early this morning Windows 8 Consumer Preview and the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview. I installed it today on the Samsung tablet Microsoft provided to the BUILD attendees in September 2011. I didn’t find out how to install directly Windows 8 from the USB key, so I had to start it from the previous Windows 8 and then remove the old Windows. The installation is very fast, in less than 30 minutes, no manual action, I was on the new Metro interface. Yes I say new, because the interface is a bit different than the previous public version, it seems more smooth, clear.

Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

The next step was to install Visual Studio 11. It was, at my astonishment, a very fast installation, considering that Expression Blend 5 is part of the package. The first impression is, wow! On the tablet Windows 8, the theme of Visual Studio is very bright, and I don’t think I’ll like to develop anything on it.

VS11 LightIf you go to the menu Tools | Options, in the Environment part, you can set the theme you want to use for your interface. Basically you can choose between Light and Dark (I hope we will be able to add more theme in the final version). Let’s try to use the dark theme:

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It looks like Expression Blend. What do you think? Live me you feeling about this new design of the interface. I like the dark theme so far, but if you look at the Solution Explorer, the icons are not very easy to distinguish. But I guess after using it more and more I’ll get used to it.

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The last screenshot I would like to show you is the interface of Expression Blend 5 that is included in the installer of Visual Studio 11.

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