Visual Studio 11: Not “Toolbars: The Program”

by Robert M
The newest version of Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE is in beta now (though it was not yet when this article was written). Not yet named, it is codenamed Visual Studio 11. As Caleb Garling explains, the primary concern of the newest incarnation is being focused on designing for the metro environment of the new Windows 8 OS (which isn’t out yet, but hopefully won’t suck despite all signs pointing to the contrary). Visual Studio 11 will also include the newest version of .NET (4.5), and will surprisingly have “a reduction in the number of toolbar commands.” Which the author, along with everyone else who has used a Microsoft program, notes is “a departure for the company.” In this same vein, the program is said to be aimed more at “Joe developer rather than Joe Big Business developer.” Firstly, when Microsoft it wants “Joe developer” instead of “Joe big business developer,”  this is Microsoft’s way of saying “it supports mobile development” while not actually saying it, and instead using buzzword characterizations of their target audience. Secondly, THANK GOD they are finally ditching their habit of “throw as much as possible onto, like, 50 billion toolbars, and let the customers sort the rest out.” As for the name, Let’s be honest, the only reason they haven’t picked a name yet is because they are trying to come up with something cool other than Visual Studio 2012, which they will inevitably fail at, thus reverting to the cycle of Product Name + Release Year. There’s nothing wrong with that naming scheme, so I don’t see why they would change it now, considering they’ve relied on it since I was a child. Source: Garling, Caleb (2012). Microsoft Woos Joe Developer with new Visual Studio. Wired.

3 thoughts on “Visual Studio 11: Not “Toolbars: The Program”

  • May 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    This seems like a really interesting article. To be honest, I think that they should just stick with the original name because like you said, there really isn’t any reason change. Hopefully, this new Visual Studio will not be a disappointment.

  • May 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Good find on this article as it touches base on ASP.NET 4.5. In class, we had discussed ASP.NET 4.0, however, with the works on Windows 8, along with HTML5, the new trend is be towards ASP.NET 4.5. Also, the benefit with going with ASP.NET versus HTML, in that you can make your web page much more dynamic.

  • May 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    In the past when I have worked in Visual Studio, the whole toolbar aspect of it really annoyed me. It takes a good amount of time for the list to populate, not to the mention the insane amount of system resources it uses in the operating system. I agree there is probably not much to look forward to in terms of Windows 8, but it seems cool thought that Microsoft is making their newest version of VB to be more developer friendly.

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