Visual Studio 2012 New Features of the IDE – better late than never :)

(Note: This blog post was originally published under my old domain(, here. Web Archive link. I am making this post thinking “Better late than never”, as I was supposed to make this post a long time ago, actually in the beta period of Visual Studio 2012, like I did with Visual Studio 2010, unfortunately I was held up with other stuff, personal and work related. This post remained as partially completed in my blog’s drafts for a long time which I took and finished. Note: This post talks about the Visual Studio 2012’s IDE new features. All non-IDE features, new language features, .net framework 4.5 features, new type of app development support like Windows 8 metro app development and specific code editor enhancements will be discussed in future posts. So with that in mind, here are the new features of Visual Studio 2012’s IDE.. Dark Color Theme for code editor and IDE windows Visual Studio 2012 provides out of the box option to have a White on Black color scheme, Dark AKA White on Black color schemes have become choice of many developers as many have realized that they are easy on the eyes. Dark Theme (click to enlarge)  

Easiest way to Generate Insert Script in SQL Server

(Note: This blog post was originally published under my old domain(, here. Web Archive link. We all know that there is no handy built-in command for generating insert statements for the data present in a table in SQL Server (apart from issuing a Generate Scripts… command on the Database and choosing to Script Data also). There is this tool called SSMS Tools pack which I am using for years that provides a handy way to generate scripts for various purposes including Insert statements when you just right click the table for which you need the scripts. You can get the complete set of features provided by the tool here. I’ll try to post about other cool features of SSMS Tools Pack in future.