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Thread: Vsta 4.0

  1. #1
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    Default Vsta 4.0

    Do you have any plans to update VSTA 2012 that support framework 4.5?

    Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl....aspx?id=38806

    Matteo

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    Default Re: Vsta 4.0

    Quote Originally Posted by matteo.fabbri View Post
    Do you have any plans to update VSTA 2012 that support framework 4.5?

    Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl....aspx?id=38806

    Matteo
    This question is very important also for our company.
    Waiting the COPA-DATA replay.
    Bye
    Gabriele

  3. #3
    martins Gast

    Default Re: Vsta 4.0

    hi,

    the problem there is that Microsoft does no longer ship an IDE together with VSTA 2012 - see this:

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/For...dio?forum=vsta

    This would mean that we either have to ship zenon Supervisor licenses together with a full-priced Visual Studio (which would increase the price by a lot!) or not to ship any IDE at all, meaning that the customer would not be able to use VSTA out of the box without installing Visual Studio himself. This also takes the possibility of debugging VSTA code on a runtime PC (or buy a seperate Visual Studio license for debugging code on a runtime).

    We are aware of this and we are thinking of a solution. This however is the reason why we stick to VSTA 2.0 for now.

    Just because I am curious: why do you need .NET Framework 4 / 4.5 support?

    Best regards,
    Martin

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    Default Re: Vsta 4.0

    Martin,

    I can think of two reasons .NET 4.0 and 4.5 are important...

    1) Asynchronous programming - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...v=vs.110).aspx

    2) I am using third party controls which require .NET 4.0 at minimum. As more time passes, I'm sure there will be more users facing this limitation.

    The newer versions of the .NET Framework also have the new 'Parallel' class, which is very useful. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...v=vs.100).aspx

    Regarding debugging, and the need for a full version of Visual Studio, I think one takes care of the other. I use Visual Studio Professional to debug my user controls, for example. Visual Studio Professional can be used to debug in the following two ways:

    1) In the 'Debug' tab of the project properties in Visual Studio Professional, you can set the 'Start Action' to the radio button option, 'Start external program', and set the path to zenrt32.exe.

    2) In the 'Debug' menu of Visual Studio Professional, you can use the menu item 'Attach to Process'

    I guess the difficulty comes with pricing/distribution of the full version of Visual Studio, and documenting the different ways to debug.

    But, where there's a will, there's a way. Right? ;-)

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