The arrival of VS2013 RTM brings several performance enhancements to production. Microsoft intends for these to benefit all developers using larger solutions. Complementing this are several more refinements for C++ developers over what was found in VS2012.
Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2013. All versions are available for download to MSDN subscribers and the general public.
Windows 8.1 ships with new features and improvements with which XAML developers will be able to build unique and responsive applications using Visual Studio 2013. It also adds several new controls and enhancements to project templates.
Patrick Smacchia has recently announced NDepend 5.0, the latest version of his .NET code analyzer coming with a number of enhancements: support for VS 2013, trend monitoring, new dashboard and a major UI facelift.
Telerik has released Visual Studio extension for Icenium which enables developers to build iOS and Android cloud based apps from within the IDE. It also includes simulators which can be accessed directly from within Visual Studio.
PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio has been released with features such as syntax highlighting, IntelliSense, code folding, function navigation, script Output in addition to support for breakpoint, locals, stack frame and project system.
Visual Studio 2013 is integrating a revised Notification Center to inform when updates are available and quickly prioritize their importance.
Microsoft recently released Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools which includes best practices analyzer, check-in policies, process template editor, storyboard shapes, command line tool, Windows PowerShell Cmdlets, Windows Shell extension and work item templates.
The Microsoft.Bcl.Build package has been updated with support for conditional import and several improvements to those projects which are built using Visual Studio.
Microsoft has had several big announcements for developers: Visual Studio 2013RC is available for download now. Accompanying this release is the availability of Windows 8.1 RTM for developers that subscribe to MSDN or TechNet. This reverses the previous Microsoft position that app developers would have to wait until general availability to get access to a production system.
T4 Editor 2.2.0 enables you to create a library of reusable snippets in addition to an ability to make use of project properties with include and assembly directives, which works not only in the standard IDE but also in the msbuild host. It also includes support for Visual Studio 2013 Preview, new template gallery and F1support for directives.
NuGet 2.7 release was announced this week, with several performance improvements, new extensibility APIs, command-line restore, configuration defaults and several other features. In addition, a package recommendation service, called NuGet Concierge has been launched.
Developers looking for the return of the Visual Studio Setup projects will be disappointed that it will not return in Visual Studio 2013. Instead Microsoft promises an improved InstallShield LE that will be available for both VS2012 and VS2013. InfoQ speaks with InstallShield publisher Flexera Software to learn what is in store.
Big Data analytics startup QuantCell Research has announced the release of the first public beta of what they are positioning as their "Big Data" spreadsheet.
The recently released, Visual Studio Unit Test Generator includes support for multiple test framework and enables you to unit test applications directly from within Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.