Getting Ready for the Visual Studio 11 Beta

Today Jason Zander announced details around Visual Studio 11 and the .NET Framework 4.5 Beta slated to ship on February 29th with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and Microsoft posted details on the lineup of Visual Studio 11 product configurations.

Here is a preview of the new Metro style UI used in Visual Studio 11:

Visual Studio Metro Style

 

We’ve been getting questions around the next version of Visual Studio since the Developer Preview was released at Build last year, so I’ll fill you in on the current plans.  Like any major Visual Studio update, we’ve been working closely with Microsoft to make sure that Infragistics controls will be ready and compatible when the updated Visual Studio ships.

  • As Microsoft goes through the Visual Studio 11 Beta cycle to RC, RTM and eventually GA, we will fix reported issues and internally discovered issues.
  • Starting with the March Service Releases, we will be shipping Visual Studio 11 compatible bits with the Infragistics bugs addressed in monthly Service Releases.
  • We will continue to report regression issues to Microsoft that we find in Visual Studio 11 so they can address the bugs.
  • Continue to use the Visual Studio Developer Preview & Beta forum to post questions and bugs.

 

What about Windows 8 & WinRT Controls

This is a question I have gotten even more of in the last month since the buzz around Windows 8 Consumer Preview coming in late February has picked up.  Similar to the Visual Studio 11 Beta story, we are working as closely as we can with Microsoft on our Windows 8 controls story.  After the Consumer Preview ships, and Windows 8 moves into Release Candidate and GA, we’ll keep you updated on the plans we have for controls that are designed specifically for Metro Style Apps in Windows 8.  As you know, the current NetAdvantage Ultimate controls can be used to build Windows 8 Desktop Apps today, no problem.  On the other hand WOA (Windows on ARM) Apps, which are designed to only run on ARM based tablets, are what is getting everyone excited.  As Steven Sinofsky stated in this blog on building the WOA experience:

Metro style apps in the Windows Store can support both WOA and Windows 8 on x86/64. Developers wishing to target WOA do so by writing applications for the WinRT (Windows APIs for building Metro style apps) using the new Visual Studio 11 tools in a variety of languages, including C#/VB/XAML and Jscript/ HTML5. Native code targeting WinRT is also supported using C and C++, which can be targeted across architectures and distributed through the Windows Store. WOA does not support running, emulating, or porting existing x86/64 desktop apps. Code that uses only system or OS services from WinRT can be used within an app and distributed through the Windows Store for both WOA and x86/64. Consumers obtain all software, including device drivers, through the Windows Store and Microsoft Update or Windows Update.

So can you build Windows 8 Applications with Infragistics controls today?  Yes.  Your options today are to build applications that target the Windows 8 desktop experience using Infragistics controls and to keep checking back to this blog as we release more information on our WOA controls.

 

If you have any questions, shoot me an email at jasonb@infragistics.com and I will help out!


Comments  (7 )

ralexander
on Fri, Feb 24 2012 1:21 AM

With all due respect, you guys seem a little behind without even having a ctp for metro style controls.  I hope you were not caught off guard and we can expect to see something soon.

Jason Beres
on Tue, Feb 28 2012 10:45 AM

Hi Ralexander ... you can see my post here around Windows 8 back in September: www.infragistics.com/windows8.aspx, so we're fully aware of Windows 8 and Metro :)  As far as controls, if you've looked around on the web you'll see that there are no components for Windows 8, because the basic framework infrastructure to build components does not exist in the Developer Preview.  You could hack something together, but it wouldn't be a real component.  Like I said, you can build Windows 8 apps today with NetAdvantage.  The Metro Style WOA controls are not available because there is no Metro WOA available - even the Consumer Preview Beta is  x64, so your best options for doing Metro on x64 is to target WinJS with NetAdvantage for jQuery - which is the designed for HTML & mobile touch experiences.  As we get closer to releasing controls for WOA and Metro on x64 we'll defintely update update you, but the state of the Developer Preview of WinRT was not robust enough by any means to support controls.

csnyder_ptb
on Fri, Mar 2 2012 6:14 PM

One simple question, how do we add the controls to the toolbar in 11??

Jason Beres
on Sat, Mar 3 2012 7:47 AM

The Service Release we post on the 7th will allow you to do that.  It is a manual process, not automatic, once we post the SR I'll post a blog that goes through the steps.  There is a bug in Visual Studio 11 that Microsoft did not address for the Beta, so what we are posting is a temporary workaround.  It should be addressed by Microsoft w/ the RTM later this year.

Oliver
on Thu, Mar 8 2012 4:18 AM

Hi Jason,

where can I find the service release which was posted yesterday?

Thanks & regards,

Oliver

Jason Beres
on Thu, Mar 8 2012 7:16 AM

Last night we posted the service release that I mentioned in this post which adds support for the Infragistics

Jason Beres
on Thu, Mar 8 2012 7:30 AM

Hi Oliver - Check this post:

blogs.infragistics.com/.../netadvantage-visual-studio-11-service-release-available.aspx

You can grab the SR from the My IG for the product you want to use.  Read the post regarding Toolbox issues.  Let me know if you need anything else.

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