This section summarizes many of the new features added to 1.2.x in relation to earlier versions of MySQL for Visual Studio.
For notes detailing the changes in each point release, see the MySQL for Visual Studio Release Notes.
MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.8 supports the MySQL 8.0 release series (requires MySQL Connector/NET 6.9.12, 6.10.7, or 8.0.11) including:
Beginning with MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.7:
Support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 was added.
Support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 was removed.
Beginning with MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.5, the project templates used to create MySQL Windows Forms and MySQL MVC projects are no longer be available, as they were replaced with MySQL Project Items:
MySQL MVC Item replaces MySQL MVC Project.
MySQL Windows Forms Item replaces Windows Form Project.
These item templates offer the benefit of adding items to existing projects new windows forms or MVC controllers/views connected to MySQL, based on MySQL Entity Framework models, without the need of create an entirely new MySQL project.
In addition, item templates better follow the Visual Studio template standards, which are oriented to create projects regardless of the database connectivity.
For information about using Item Templates, see Chapter 7, MySQL Project Items.