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Microsoft Updates Visual Studio Tools for Git

Visual Studio Tools for Git has "crossed a significant threshold of completeness and usability" with its latest release.

That’s according to Microsoft Technical Fellow Brian Harry, who announced the upgrade on his blog today. The key improvements, he wrote, are performance increases, better functioning for large code repositories and fewer merge and pull conflicts for developers working simultaneously on projects.

Note that the most important requirement to get the update is to have the latest version of Visual Studio, which is Visual Studio 2012 Update 2.

In terms of speed increases, Harry published a chart that showed dramatic increases between the Git client tooling for the new release (Sprint 46) and the previous public release, Sprint 44. For example, pulling 100 1KB files decreased from a typical time of 83 seconds to five seconds, and pushing 100 commits up to Git dropped from 76 seconds to 12 seconds.

Visual Studio Tools for Git is a Team Explorer add-on that provides source control integration for Git, enabling integration with any local Git repository and tools to work with third-party-hosted Git repositories. The last update of Visual Studio Tools for Git was in March.

The tools can be downloaded here.

Posted by Keith Ward on 04/26/2013


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