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Microsoft Visual Studio Pro 2012

by Microsoft
Windows 7
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews) 21 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Deep interoperability with business and consumer platforms lets you build what your users want, where they want it
  • Create apps in a streamlined UI where common tasks are presented in a fresh, integrated development experience
  • Consolidate many development tasks into one tool so you can enhance existing apps or build new modern ones
  • Requirements: Processor - 1.6GHz+ CPUOS - Windows 8 (x86/x64), Windows 7 SP1 (x86/x64), Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64), Windows Server 2012 (x64)Memory(RAM) - 1GB (1.5GB if running on a virtual machine.)

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 7
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B008RW3XIO
  • Item model number: C5E-00833
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 6, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,144 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Great apps. Rapid development. Visual Studio Professional 2012 is the right choice for building multi-tier apps for the web, the cloud, and devices

Customer Reviews

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Visual Studio yet November 19, 2012
By matthew
I have used a lot of IDEs over the last 10 years. I have to say that Visual Studio has always been one of the best to use.

I will give some background to help with this review. I have been using Visual Studio since VS 2005 and have used every version since. I am a .Net developer and focus on C#. I have over 6 years experience with this line.

This is by far the best Visual Studios I have used. One of the things that Microsoft focused on in this version was usability. They redesigned the entire UI and threaded most of it. It runs so much faster. It does take a little getting used to after using previous versions, but I am able to find things so much easier now. There is also a change where most things no longer launch a blocking window for every option. This has all been moved to the sidebars.

There has also been a lot of work done with the Solutions Explorer. This is a very welcome change. They have moved the object explorer functionality to the Solution Explorer. You can now open a tree view under a class file and see all properties, methods and other information about the class without having to open the file. This is very nice if you can't remember names and don't want to bounce back and forth between files. You can also open multiple solution explorers in other windows without having to relaunch Visual Studio.

Testing has also been improved. Visual Studio 2010 really had some nice unit testing features. Visual Studio 2012 has added support for external testing frameworks. They have also improved the experience with the MSTest framework built into the application. Everything has been moved to a sidebar and easily accessible. There is also a very nice code coverage feature that will color code your source.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars VS2012 Downgrade April 19, 2013
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I am a professional user and huge fan of Microsoft products, especially Visual Studio. I was super excited to upgrade from VS2008 to the latest and greatest version of Visual Studio with my new Windows 8 development machine. It was such a letdown to buy and install it only to find out that the outstanding user interface and some key features have been removed in VS2012. The immediate disappointment is the usability decrease. The lack of color, font and icon contrasts makes it hard on the eyes ([...]{toggle_previous_statuses}). Also, some useful features have been dropped, such as their standalone installer ([...]

I wish I had done more research and watched some of the videos before purchasing. At a minimum I would suggest a trial install before buying. If I had it to do again, I would have purchased the older VS2010 version.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft got this right February 1, 2013
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As is consistent with other software releases from Microsoft for 2012 (Sql Server, etc.) this product is a winner and well worth the price of admission. It's light years ahead of VS 2010 and includes tools like LightSwitch and Blend that address the huge range of interfaces a developer has to deal with in day to day problem solving.

Since I develop applications more as a hobby than a profession my employer didn't provide this tool. I had to purchase it with my own resources and I have to say it has been a long time since I felt like I got my money's worth for a software tool. If you work on database applications, web sites or bits and byte level program code you'll love this release of Visual Studio.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ugly as Sin but Works May 16, 2013
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First the good: Studio 2012 runs WAY faster than 2010 (which I found unusable). Also, like 2010 you can put editor windows out of the main frame which is a huge productivity boost for large projects.

Now the bad: the bleak Dieter from SNL approved interface is not only ugly, it reduces productivity. Just what is that tiny black and grey blob of an icon supposed to be anyway? The documentation continues its steady decline. Google and Stack Overflow are replacing the F1 key for simple reference lookup.

And finally, there is much gold to be found by playing with the settings. By default, the Find All References to a class method does a simple string search. They turned off using the compiler to determine which strings are relevant because 2010 was so pathetically slow. For 2012 the feature is fast enough to be worth turning back on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Transition May 9, 2013
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If you've worked in VS2005 or VS2008, you'll find this to be easier. The data tools are great, the web tools are pretty good. Not sure why so many "hate the new look and layout"... Is it ugly? YES. Is it easy to navigate? YES. Once you find everything you are used to using, VS2012 is great. I'm a moderately-skilled programmer dealing mostly in VB.NET (for data), ASP.NET and web work. I found these tools to be well thought out and easy to figure out. If you haven't upgraded, you should. Beware, if you have a lot of legacy programs in 2005/2008, you should read about backward-compatibility issues.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointed January 11, 2014
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I have never been a big fan of Microsoft products. They are invariable more complex than necessary and less productive that they could be. But my upgrade from Visual Studio 2008 to 2012 has lowered my opinion further.

As others have stated, the new user interface is a step backwards. There are any number of small details which make this system LESS productive than older versions and doubly hard to use if your familiar with an older version. The lack of color and alterations in the menu system and keyboard shortcuts make it hard to find things I was already familiar with. Changes in the way simple tools work are also unwelcome. Exampled: Quick Find used to allow an exact match, but now I must use global Find and Replace, F7 used to toggle between design and code view for a form, but not it is F7 to see code and Shift + F7 to go back to design. The rule of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' is obviously not the Microsoft way of doing things.

But the really big problem is that some operations (not to mention a lot of legacy code) do not work at all. I tried creating a test Access2013 database and used the Connect to Database utility and it failed with an "Unrecognized database format". I had to revert the format back to Access 2007 before it would connect. I can't wait to find out what happens when I connect to a huge SQL Server 2005 database I need for my serious work.

I'm sure this system does many wonderful things and I don't mind a learning curve for NEW functionality. But when I find it difficult (and sometimes impossible) to do work I've been doing for the past decade I find myself seriously regretting upgrading in the first place.

If you don't need this upgrade - avoid it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars RIP-OFF
It sucks because after I bought this, in less than a year they come out with VS2013 and I have to pay full price. MS is greedy and do not look after their customer base.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Visual Studio
Visual Studio is maybe the greatest piece of software ever written, and it keeps getting better and better. Very happy with this version.
Published 7 months ago by K. McConnell
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfit for purpose
I have been a software engineer for 25 years and have used plenty of Microsoft products (inc. Microsoft Visual C++ 6, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010 and this... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MICHAEL HAIG
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Microsoft, What Can I Say.
What Can I Say, It's Microsoft, It's proprietary, Its to expensive. But You Have to Have It any way, if you want to get anything done. Read more
Published 8 months ago by wolfgang wayland
5.0 out of 5 stars It will make you a better developer
I've been using Visual Studio products, including the express editions, for over 13 years and coding exclusively in C sharp for 9. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Romie B Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you'd expect
If you are looking for this product, you know what it can do. It does it well. Upgraded from VS2008 and am very pleased with 2012.
Published 10 months ago by C. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars good product from Microsoft
I purchased this for our programmer to update some Visual Basic software that was written in an older version that required .NET run time 1. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robert B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
This software is an immensely powerful tools for developers. Whether targeting Windows or web, it's a very robust development system. It's also a useful database management tool.
Published 13 months ago by C. Calia
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