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  • I'm a bit confused. It would seem that Visual Studio 2013 is the current version. However, it came out so fast that Visual Studio 2012 is still very prominent and is the version my learning book (Visual Studio 2012 Step-By-Step) is based on. Can I assume that the two are compatible at least at the "step by step" level? Is there any advantage in using the version 3 of VS2012 over VS2013?

    Thanks!

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013 6:38 PM

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  • I'm a bit confused. It would seem that Visual Studio 2013 is the current version. However, it came out so fast that Visual Studio 2012 is still very prominent and is the version my learning book (Visual Studio 2012 Step-By-Step) is based on. Can I assume that the two are compatible at least at the "step by step" level? Is there any advantage in using the version 3 of VS2012 over VS2013?

    Thanks!

    Visual Studio 2013 isn't released (yet).  The release is a "preview release" (http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/2013-preview), and the real release will happen later this year.

    That being said, most development tasks will work the same way in VS 2013 as they do in VS 2012.  I would personally learn on 2012 now, and plan on upgrading later.  This will match your book, and keep you from using "pre-release" software (which often has subtle bugs, etc).  The issues with a preview release aren't usually major, but when learning, it's difficult to know if the problem is you or the software you're using ;)


    Reed Copsey, Jr. - http://reedcopsey.com - If a post answers your question, please click Mark As Answer on that post. If you find a post helpful, please click Vote as Helpful.

    • Marked as answer by haydnguy Tuesday, July 2, 2013 8:11 PM
    Tuesday, July 2, 2013 6:46 PM

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  • I'm a bit confused. It would seem that Visual Studio 2013 is the current version. However, it came out so fast that Visual Studio 2012 is still very prominent and is the version my learning book (Visual Studio 2012 Step-By-Step) is based on. Can I assume that the two are compatible at least at the "step by step" level? Is there any advantage in using the version 3 of VS2012 over VS2013?

    Thanks!

    Visual Studio 2013 isn't released (yet).  The release is a "preview release" (http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/2013-preview), and the real release will happen later this year.

    That being said, most development tasks will work the same way in VS 2013 as they do in VS 2012.  I would personally learn on 2012 now, and plan on upgrading later.  This will match your book, and keep you from using "pre-release" software (which often has subtle bugs, etc).  The issues with a preview release aren't usually major, but when learning, it's difficult to know if the problem is you or the software you're using ;)


    Reed Copsey, Jr. - http://reedcopsey.com - If a post answers your question, please click Mark As Answer on that post. If you find a post helpful, please click Vote as Helpful.

    • Marked as answer by haydnguy Tuesday, July 2, 2013 8:11 PM
    Tuesday, July 2, 2013 6:46 PM
  • Dear Reed,

    I'm also a bit confused. I was planning to start an upgrade project this month; upgrading from VS2008 to 2012.

    But now I'm not sure what to do... should I wait for the VS2013 BETA and upgrade from 2008 to 2013??

    What are your recommendations?

    I earlier had some trouble with VS2012, and would love to skip this version. Also I like all the new features in VS2013 and the .NET framework 4.5.1.

    What to do?

    BR Frank Neitzel


    Monday, August 19, 2013 9:44 AM
  • Dear Reed,

    I'm also a bit confused. I was planning to start an upgrade project this month; upgrading from VS2008 to 2012.

    But now I'm not sure what to do... should I wait for the VS2013 BETA and upgrade from 2008 to 2013??

    What are your recommendations?

    I earlier had some trouble with VS2012, and would love to skip this version. Also I like all the new features in VS2013 and the .NET framework 4.5.1.

    What to do?

    BR Frank Neitzel


    It's really up to you - the VS 2013 is in preview release right now - so you could try it, but realize that you may have issues.

    VS 2012 is current, and stable, so a good bet if you need to work today.


    Reed Copsey, Jr. - http://reedcopsey.com - If a post answers your question, please click Mark As Answer on that post. If you find a post helpful, please click Vote as Helpful.

    Monday, August 19, 2013 5:15 PM