I was originally thinking that Visual Studio 2012 was the bastard child of JGrasp and Visual Studio 2010, but after looking again I’ve decided JGrasp is prettier. VS2012 may be the ugliest version of VS ever. (Yes, leave it to a girl to write a blog post on the prettiness of her IDE rather than on whether it, you know, works.)
Behind the cut because I’m posting a few pictures. And because probably only one of our three readers is going to be even remotely interested in this anyway.
I’ve included a side-by-side comparison of Visual Studio 2010 (on the left) to VS2012 (on the right), but since our three readers aren’t going to want to see the blog widened to my monitor size, here’s a clickable thumbnail:
Notice that we used to have nice things like gradients and rounded corners on the graphics.
Here, have some 80s graphics:
From what I understand, the great improvement on the solution explorer was…to add color. Yep, this was originally going to be a monochrome display.
Contrast this with VS2010:
And WTF happened to the logo? We used to have a nice curvy infinity symbol, with pretty colors and some depth. Now we have clunky, flat, and black.
The themes on VS2012 are disappointing – the light is too light, the dark is too dark, and again, where are my pretty colors?!
Probably the worst offense, though, is that BILLY MAYS DESIGNED THE VS2012 MENU!!!!!
Our bosses scream at us plenty, we don’t need our IDE to do it too. Fortunately, a third party designed an extension to fix the rudeness. Now if someone could design an extension to take the power out of the ugly stick VS2012 was beaten with, that would make me happee!