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Xamarin.Studio 5.9 Now Supports C# 6

| by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on May 15, 2015. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |

The recently released Xamarin.Studio 5.9 adds support for C# 6, improvements to Sketches, new debugger’s visualizers, and more.

C# 6 Support

C# 6 will be officially released in Visual Studio 2015, which is only available as Community Edition. Still, Xamarin.Studio already supports C# 6 new features, such as:

  • ? null-conditional operator, which allows to safely dereference an optional variable: name?.Substring(' ');

  • string interpolation, e.g., string.Format ($"{fname} {lname}");

  • lamba-arrow operator for single-methods expressions, which allows to define properties and methods in a single statement:

    public string Fullname => string.Format ("{0} {1}", fname, lname);
    public override string ToString() => string.Format("{0}, {1}", lname, fname)
    

InfoQ has already covered C# 6 new features previously.

New project dialog

The project dialog has been redesign to allow an easier selection of the desired template and allows for a better handling of platform specific options. Furthermore, the new WatchKit wizard makes it easier to select the parent project for your WatchKit extension and whether it supports a glance and/or notifications.

Improved debugger experience

The new C# debugger that comes with Xamarin.Studio 5.9 adds new data inspectors for types such as strings, points, sizes, rectangles, colors, map locations, images, etc. Furthermore, inspecting a variable has become easier thanks to a new “eye” tool that you can hover over to get the inspector displayed.

Besides that, Xamarin.Studio 5.9 also adds many improvements to Sketches, which is a live coding evironment able to provide a live display of produced data, and to iOS Designer tool, which is a visual designer for Storyboards.

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