- Targeting .NET 4.5
- New Structure and Solution Explorer Enhancements
- Improved Team Development
- Easier Navigation
- Enhanced Views with Multiple Designers
- Intrinsic Database Management with Linked Database Projects
Another great new improvement in the coding experience is the new auto brace complete. With this feature, Visual Studio 2013 automatically adds closing quotes, parentheses, brackets, and braces for you as you type code.
The DOM Explorer window allows for inspecting the Document Object Model (DOM) of an HTML page while it's being shown—a particularly handy feature at debugging time. In Visual Studio 2013, DOM Explorer highlights in yellow the parts of the HTML page that are being rendered; such highlights are very useful for understand the rendering progress. DOM Explorer also now supports direct editing, meaning that you can add new HTML attributes to the code while inspecting the page. The right side of the window provides additional tools for inspecting styles and layout properties, including events. Figure 5 shows how DOM Explorer looks in action, in this case with a LightSwitch HTML app running.
Figure 5 DOM Explorer in action.