Visual Studio 11

by Monica G
As we all know, there are new versions of software coming out almost every year, from Apple to Microsoft. With that said, Microsoft will come out with the newest version of Visual Studio (announced in 2011), Visual Studio 11 (also called vNext). This newest version can go through the entire life cycle of a software application from design to deployment, which helps all the parties involved like, not just the development team. As the author states, the new version has the ability to perform “code inspections and testing plus support for Metro-style apps.” As of the date of the journal, there was only a developer preview version available but even with that everyone was able to appreciate what was to come. However besides the improvements to the software, Microsoft did some enhancements to .NET framework 4.5, which allows for users to develop and manage applications that are secure, mountable and portable. This is all possible by allowing users to “write code that executes faster.”  According to the author, “the newer version introduces a server garbage collector that reduces GC pause times.” ASP.NET provides support for different HTML forms, model binders in Web Form, etc. This is just the tip of the iceberg; Microsoft’s newest version has plenty more to offer.

This journal relates to our class, because we just started working with Visual Studio and we have been talking about .NET. As stated in class, ASP.NET works a little different than a simple HTML file request from a browser. When browsers ask for an ASP.NET file, the request is sent to the ASP.NET engine on the server. The engine then reads the file, and commits the script. Then at last, the request is sent back in simple HTML. Therefore it is essential that Microsoft stays on the ball with the .NET framework.

There was a lot of useful information to take in from this publication, but one of the things that really stuck out was one of the new features in .NET Framework 4.5, Microsoft enhanced the zip compression to improve the performance of the said data. This really stuck out because we compress files all the time in order to be able to email them or even submit compressed assignments. I knew compressing anything did affect the performance of the data, but I never really cared. But I am sure that when I really need that performance improvement for whatever company project, I’ll be glad someone thought about it before. The author never mentions when the new version is set to release, leaving the user wondering if it already came out.

Citation: Kanjilal, J. (2011). Visual studio renewed. InformationWeek, (1319), 39-41,44,46. Retrieved from

4 thoughts on “Visual Studio 11”

  1. In my opinion this is a useful product that will reduce the cost of corporations. It is amazing how software evolves to fit the needs of people. Just imagine what is next.

  2. It is nice to see a "face lift" to an old product. And with the added features I'm sure this will be a product that everyone will enjoy. My only concern will be if adding in all of these new features will do anything to slow down the software.

  3. It's kind of hard to imagine how big of a performance gap our small projects can have if they turned into a big corporate sized product. It's good to know that companies are still thinking about this and benefiting everyone.

  4. this is a very interesting article. i agree that software comes out almost too often and its a little sickening. but as with all new software updates there is always something good to come out of it. so it is nice to hear that they are working on their file compression to allow the code to execute faster. it seems that that is the name of the game now adays, get your program to run the fastest with minimal lags. as to what will come in the future we cannot say but i do think that we need to get away form focusing on the quantity of updates and focus on the quality of updates.

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