Chapter 55

Visual Studio Ultimate for Developers


  • Analyzing code for potential problems
  • Profiling applications to find bottlenecks
  • Developing database projects

The Premium and Ultimate editions of Visual Studio 2012 have many advanced features for developers, mainly designed to improve quality and facilitate database development. The quality tools include code metrics, static analysis, and profiling tools. It’s not that you can’t develop quality software with other editions or that using these tools ensures that your software performs well. Obviously, there’s more to it than using a few tools, but these can be of great help to reduce the time invested in other tasks such as code review and debugging. The most interesting debugging tool is IntelliTrace, which enables you to capture environment information associated with failed test cases.

Chapter 27, “Visual Database Tools,” examines some of the tools available for working with databases in Visual Studio 2012. This chapter looks at two main areas: SQL-CLR development and tools to help teams working with databases. The first aids in developing and deploying .NET code hosted inside SQL Server. The second enables you to version schema changes, isolating developers and allowing them to compare changes, auto-generate data, and share their modifications easily with other developers or DBAs.


Code metrics serve as a reference to know how maintainable your code is. Visual Studio 2012 provides five metrics ...

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