On Monday, the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update was released and with it, new extensions and tools to the existing ASP.NET runtime. More importantly, new extensions and tools to the existing runtime without breaking existing applications! Nice. For details on the update, check out these posts.
But to save you the time reading it, here’s 5 fast facts about the release that will make you want to go and download it right away! After all, who doesn’t love tools that make it easer to get work done, right?
Perhaps the best part about this release is that you can start using it right away! This release does not modify the ASP.NET runtime; code using these new templates will work without having to make any changes to your Windows Azure Cloud Services, Windows Azure Web Sites, or any server or developer machine running ASP.NET 4.5/ASP.NET MVC 4.
Pretty neat stuff, eh? All of your pain points getting some tender loving care!
Check out fellow evangelist Jon Galloway’s video, walking you through all of these updates via demos - Introduction to the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 Release. You can also learn more about the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 release at http://asp.net/vnext - this is the ASP.NET team’s top resource for all new ASP.NET releases.
You can go ahead and download the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 release now from http://asp.net/vnext. The installation should take you less than 10 minutes and shouldn’t even require a reboot! Make sure you close all instances of Visual Studio 2012 though!
By the way: If you have installed an earlier version of Mads Kristensen’s excellent (and free) Web Essentials 2012 extension, you’ll want to update it to the latest version before installing the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update (and if you don’t have it and you’re doing any kind of web development, you MUST get it!) The latest version of the Web Essentials 2012 extension works well with the new release – if you have an older version you will get a runtime error when you launch Visual Studio. Updating to the latest version of the extension prior to installing the ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update will fix this.
Give the new bits a try and let us know what you think. The team and I will look forward to your commentary in this discussion on the Canadian Developer Connection LinkedIn group. If you aren’t already a member of the group, take this opportunity to join one of LinkedIn’s fastest-growing, networking, and learning group for Canadian developers such as yourself. With over 6,000 Canadian developers supporting the group, it’s a great place to engage in informative discussions, ask questions, and find answers.