New Features in Visual Studio 2012


Microsoft has released new efficiency features in Visual Studio 2012. These features are very useful and efficient for the development of various apps. A few of those efficiency features are listed below:

  • JavaScript Features

  • Visual Basic Features

  • Visual C++ Features

  • Visual C# Features

JavaScript Features

  • Improved IntelliSense

    You can now code even faster using improved IntelliSense. IntelliSense information is present for the new elements supported in triple slash(///) comments. There are new elements included in JavaScript named <var> and <signature> for XML documentation. One more improvement is that when your cursor goes to the comment tags, it extends and shows the existing statements.

  • Presence of Go To Definition

    In a JavaScript file of Visual Studio 2012, you can use Go To Definition to locate the function and see the definition. You can select the function and right-click or simply press the F12 Key.

  • Breakpoint

    When multiple statements are include in a single line, now you can set a breakpoint to break on a single statement.
  • Use of ECMAScript5 and HTML5 DOM

Visual Basic Features

  • Caller Information

    Now, you can obtain the source code file path, source code line and member name of the caller to a method using the this Caller Information feature.

  • Simplicity of For Each loop

    In a For Each loop now you can use iterators to return each item in a collection one at a time.

  • Better Understanding of Code

    Using the Call Hierarchy feature now you can view all calls to and from a select method, property and constructor. Simply select the method, right-click and click "View Call Hierarchy" or press Ctrl + K + T.


Visual C++ Features

  • Use of C++11 Standards

    In Visual Studio 2012, you can take advantage of the C++11 language standard's new powerful features, like range-based for loops, standard threads and so on.
  • Windows Store apps and Games

    The developer now can use Visual C++ using XAML to develop the apps of Windows Store and games.
  • Improved Compiler

    The improvement to the compiler helps you to code quickly to compile or execute apps on a single or multiple processors.
  • Robustness of Code

    Using the new features like unit test framework, architecture explorer or code coverage you can make your code robust.
  • Use of multiple CPUs

    The new feature named Parallel Patterns Library (PPL) help you to enable your application to run faster in which many cores exist.

Visual C# Features

  • Intuitive Use of asynchronous code

    The developer can call the asynchronous methods and no need to define continuations or to spilt your code across multiple methods using the Asynchronous Feature.
  • Caller Information

    Now, you can obtain the source code file path, source code line and member name of the caller to a method using the This Caller Information feature.



I have introduced many new features that are more efficient for the development of various applications. I'll continue writing about new features in Visual Studio 2012 because I don't know what extras I'll find from the treasures of Visual Studio.