Visual Studio 2012: Not your mother's IDE
September 28, 2012 —
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Chris Sells, vice president of developer tools at Telerik, said, “Windows 8 represents a complete rebooting of the developer ecosystem for client-side app developers in a way that Microsoft has not done since Windows 95.” He went on to assert, “With the Windows Store, they are planning to deliver 400 million pairs of eyeballs running Windows 8 to a store that will grow to rival their competitors.”
Supporting this view, Miljan Braticevic, president and CEO of ComponentArt, stated, “We believe that Windows 8 will quickly gain traction as a premium enterprise mobile computing platform.” There are still hurdles, but it is a grand vision, and it makes some of the things Microsoft has been doing over the last two years make more sense even if their failure to fill the rest of us in sooner does not. Best of all, it all starts with Visual Studio 2012.
The simplest definition for a Windows 8-style application is one that targets the new WinRT runtime and follows the rules of the road as defined by Microsoft at its first BUILD Conference in September 2011. The first thing you notice with Windows 8-style applications that is out of the norm for applications traditionally built with Visual Studio is that they are touch-centric interfaces. Even beyond touch interfaces, there are a ton of great features that will really improve the user experience for applications written in this style—including the await and async keywords—and all that goes with it.