Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Feb 2012 17:53 UTC
General Development "In this blog post (and the one that will follow) we'd like to introduce a few of the broad reaching experience improvements that we've delivered in Visual Studio 11. We've worked hard on them over the last two years and believe that they will significantly improve the experience that you will have with Visual Studio."
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RE[3]: Look what we've done
by Digsbo on Sat 25th Feb 2012 21:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Look what we've done"
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As part of the MS dev community (and a former Linux/C guy), I disagree in part. The web application framework, ASP.Net, is alive and well, and has a clear direction. The few shops that went with Silverlight are screwed, yes. Front-end native developers, not quite so bad - WPF isn't going anywhere AFAIK, and WinForms is still going to be around for a while, too.

It's clear that VB has been going away for a long time; C# is the premier language on MS platforms and will be for a decade at least.

The only place I have any uncertainty is with deciding whether it will ever make sense to use MS's built-in ORM/database layers, or go with the defacto standard third-party stuff like NHibernate. However, that really only matters with the lightweight CRUD database access, which isn't a problem to code by hand in ADO.Net. For performance reasons, real reporting SQL is going to be done by hand (unless you're using SQL Server Analysis Services and MDX, which is its own beast entirely).

My failure to address other parts of the MS dev world are due to my own ignorance. It seems to me most MS shops are doing C#/ASP.Net in my area (Northeast USA).

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