Let's talk about Visual Studio

August 4, 2015 | by Diego Delgadillo

In App development, Microsoft Partner

Visual Studio 2015 is a rich, integrated development environment for creating stunning applications for Windows, Android, and iOS, as well as modern web applications and cloud services.

There's a new version and of course I had to write about it

Microsoft recently released Windows 10, the latest version of the well-known OS after the three-year span of Windows 8/8.1. The previous is speaking in terms of the end-user level; as for developers, there is a new flagship companion you might want to know about, and that is Visual Studio 2015.

Yes, Microsoft’s #1 development tool is now officially available.  Plenty of new tools related to code editing, debugging and collaboration deserve to be highlighted. "It's really about continuous development, continuous integration, continuous deployment and continuous feedback." Twelve words told by Visual Studio Corporate Vice President, Julia Liuson, which reflect which approach and direction Microsoft wanted to take on this new release.

If we manage to find a headline for last Monday’s event, it will be “A 21st Century Swiss knife.” Visual Studio hit big with their new set of cross-platform development tools: you can now use a complete Android emulator to test your mobile apps, either through C++, Java, or C++/.NET via Xamarin, as well the Apache Cordova framework for HTML/Javascript apps.

As for debugging, a new component has been introduced for enhanced productivity: Light Bulbs, these fellow companions could become your most unlikely ally as they can present you smart tags for code completions or code fixes every time a potential suggestion/warning is presented. This latest addition is part of the new open-source compiler and framework “Roslyn”, which developers can now use in their C# and Visual Basic projects.

Likewise to the previous features, Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 includes new additions in terms of collaborative development with Team Foundation Server. The list of highlights doesn’t end at this point, you can find everything about this release right here.

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