For the 24th year the readers of Visual Studio Magazine have weighed in with your thoughts on products you love best for the 2017 Reader's Choice Awards.
Here's a look at what's new, including improved functionality for Docker, mobile development with Xamarin, unit testing, Visual Studio for Mac, security, VS Tools for Azure Functions and much more.
Visual Studio developers who want to program in non-native languages can now write their own extensions to do so with new support (in preview) for the Language Server Protocol, catching up to existing VS Code functionality.
Microsoft's Visual Studio Code team ships new releases monthly, but new features are also continually being provided via other means, such as extensions. Here's a look at some brand-new functionality just announced this week.
I've collected 46 of the newest Visual Studio 2017 extensions for customizing your code editor, organizing files and projects and managing your source control.
- By Terrence Dorsey
While the open source Visual Studio Code editor has featured artificial intelligence tooling for a while now, the Visual Studio IDE is catching up, recently getting its own AI extension.
Microsoft cautions that not all projects are good candidates for moving off .NET Framework to .NET Core, which is optimized for building highly scalable Web applications running on Windows, macOS or Linux.
You can speed up how fast your "less frequently used" sites load by sharing assembles among your sites. You'll also reduce memory consumption on your server.
Microsoft's F# functional programming language now lets Visual Studio coders target .NET Core and .NET Standard projects.
Tim Sneath, a former principal lead program manager for Visual Studio and 17-year Microsoft veteran, has joined Google to work on that company's Flutter mobile app development framework, leaving behind a few parting shots about Microsoft's missteps in the client space.
At last week's Connect conference, Microsoft introduced Visual Studio Live Share to allow dev teams to interactively collaborate via sharing code for editing/debugging, troubleshooting, iteration or optimizing apps -- among a host of other preview tools.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Today, application settings are more likely to appear in local XML files, but the Windows Registry and its hives of key/value pairs can also be used. The good news is that interacting with the Registry is straightforward, as Tim shows you here.
Realm has boosted the Microsoft stack capabilities of its mobile development platform, catering to C# coders and .NET developers, who constitute the platform's fastest growing segment of users.
Microsoft updated the open source Java debugger for Visual Studio Code, adding support for Java 9 among other improvements.
Visual Studio Code development is marching on to its steady monthly release cadence, knocking off user feature requests one by one, with multi-root workspaces topping the new v1.18 iteration.
The Visual Studio Code team hired the developer of the code editor's most popular Python extension, took over the project as its own and is hiring more Python coders to improve it.
Microsoft is now providing a one-stop-shop for Visual Studio extensions -- both for publishers and consuming developers.
Microsoft launched a Roslyn-based analyzer that works in Visual Studio to flag problematic .NET Core and .NET Standard APIs that might be deprecated or incompatible with certain platforms.
Low-code development specialist OutSystems is further courting the enterprise by adding new DevOps features to its platform, along with Visual Studio Team Services integration to put them to work.