Monday, March 25, 2013

Visual Studio Toolbar differences between Visual Studio 2010 and 2012

If you are switching from Visual Studio 2010 over to Visual Studio 2012, most of the main toolbar menu headers should be the same.

However, the ONE major difference between the 2 IDEs is the switch from the Data menu item to the SQL menu item.

In the case of Visual Studio 2012, while the SQL menu item replaces some of the functionality for Schema and Data Comparisons, as well as the Transact SQL Editor, it does not completely replace the Data menu item.

In the case of the Data menu item, you also have 2 menu items for "Show Data Sources" and "Add New Data Source".  

While neither of these menu items seem to exist in Visual Studio 2012, you can perform these same operations in the Data Sources pane which is usually hidden along with the Toolbox.

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