Kentico V8: The future of Visual Studio and .NET versions in Kentico
There are just few weeks to go before we release Kentico V8. For us, it’s time to make our final decisions about the features we want in V8 and the software (Visual studio, browsers, etc.) we want to support. We recently decided that Kentico V8 will not support Visual studio (VS) 2010.
Why we decided to stop support of VS 2010?
There are three main reasons:
Discussions held at Kentico Connection 2013 (mainly in Sydney) with some of our partners about usage of VS 2010 indicated that it is no longer used for website development with Kentico.
Kentico Azure support – Kentico V8 will support Windows Azure SDK 2.2. However, this SDK version is not compatible with VS 2010.
Kentico MVC support – if MVC isn’t installed in your VS 2010, then you won’t be able to open a Kentico V8 project, because there is a new project for MVC application; MVC project type. This project type is not recognized by the default installation of VS 2010.
How will we handle this going forward?
We have decided that all future versions of Kentico will support the latest released version of VS (at the time of the Kentico version release) and one VS version back.
What about .NET versions?
Kentico installer will offer two .NET framework versions:
.NET Framework 4.0 – can be opened in VS 2012
.NET Framework 4.5(.1) – can be opened in VS 2013
.NET Framework 4.5 and 4.5.1 share the same Common Language Runtime (CLR), so they use the same Kentico DLLs. That is why these two versions are under the same option. But, by default, the project will be compiled for .NET 4.5. If you want to use .NET framework 4.5.1, you must change the target Framework option in VS to this.
Do you have any feedback?
Although the release of Kentico V8 is really close, there is still some time to make changes. So, should you see any problems with the above decisions, please let me know. Any feedback from your side is always appreciated!