A New Wave is Coming, How Well Will You Swim

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Visual Studio 2012, TFS 2012 : Coming Soon…

It’s official, Visual Studio 2012 is complete, and a release date of September 12th has been published [MSDN subscribers should see it on or about August 15th]. As with any major product release, there are a host of new features along with some changes to the was things are done. As Brian Harry posted the major thrust of this release was to make developers “Raving Fans” by increasing their productivity.

During the months I worked with the Beta and Release Candidate versions, this focus clearly shows. Neglecting the sentiment around the “toning down” of the UI and the “all-caps”menu [ both being UI elements adopted across a variety of products] the changes are very successful in improving the work experience. On the other hand, any change runs the risk of a distruption ranging from a person’s muscle memory (the ability to perform tasks without conscious thought) to the requirement to develop a new approach for achieving the desired goal.

It is because of these potential disruptions that the question of “How Well will you Swim?” is being asked. I see a four key points on the impact spectrum:

  1. Wow, this new item is great! It really helps me perform.
  2. Nice feature, but it is not going to have a significant impact on how I work
  3. I’ll get used to it, but why the heck did they do that?
  4. Uh Oh, I can no longer reasonably accomplish what I used to do in 2010

Fortunately, my experiences (including talking with a fair number of other developers) show that #1 and #2 are clear leaders and that #4 is a rare [but real] occurance. Given that you can’t please all of the people all of the time, I have to conclude that DevDiv did a really fantastic job.

What will be interesting to see over the coming year is how well the new capabilities are adopted. Will developers actually change their work habits and approaches to development? Will they try to stay in their current comfort zone and coerce the tooling to accomodate?


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