For a long time now developers have been asking why Visual Studio hasn’t made to switch to 64-bit. Rather than effort or opportunity cost, the primary reason is performance. Rico Mariani of Microsoft explains.
Microsoft debuted improved Edit and Continue (EnC) support for C++ projects with VS2015 launch. The first update to VS2015 brings several improvements to EnC users. Windows Store apps and DirectX applications can now use EnC. And all C++ EnC users will find bug fixes and usability tweaks.
Microsoft's new partnership with Xoreax has produced a "freemium" version of IncrediBuild for Visual Studio users. This tool uses several techniques to dramatically reduce project build times for several different project types.
Visual Studio 2015 continues to expand its reach into non-Windows development scenarios. A new extension enables Visual Studio to be used to debug C++ code being run on Linux-based systems.
Microsoft's multi-platform code editor, Visual Studio Code, now supports extensions and is fully open source. The November release of VS Code has been designated a beta release and includes a number of additional enhancements.
The SharpDevelop Community recently released version 2 of Refactoring Essentials for Visual Studio. The release brings new analyzers, new refactorings and several improvements to the Visual Studio extension.
Visual Studio debug engine documentation is now available online, along with two samples. This debug engine, codenamed Concord, is Visual Studio's new debug engine that originally shipped in Visual Studio 2012.
When TFS was first envisioned a decade ago, it was meant to be an all-encompassing ALM solution. Since then Microsoft has come to realize that most companies prefer to mix and match the tools that best suit their needs. In response, they are reducing the price of VS Online and creating a new marketplace for third-party tools.
Starting with this release, TFS 2015 Power Tools will support all major editions of Visual Studio include the VS Express variants. Previously you need to have Visual Studio Pro or higher to use this set of extensions.
CodeRush for Roslyn (CRR) is a new product from DevExpress, distinct from its predecessor CodeRush Classic. Its main difference is the use of Microsoft’s compiler platform, Roslyn. CCR isn’t offering all the features of its predecessor yet; they are being added as new versions are released.
TFS2015 was originally intended to launch alongside VS2015 in July, but was held back for final polishing and bug fixes. The wait is over and TFS2015 RTM is now available. Among the many changes included are the new build system and greater Git support.
The Edit and Continue debugging feature for C++ code has been available in Visual Studio before in various forms. In Visual Studio 2015 this support has been expanded to include both 32-bit and 64-bit code while maintaining the use of the other debugging tools Visual Studio offers.
Developers who are still using VS2013 will find that new update has been made available this week, coinciding with the launch of VS2015. While mostly containing bug fixes, expanded Team Project rename support is included in Update 5.
The long awaited official releases of .NET 4.6 and Visual Studio 2015 are now available. Exhibiting Microsoft's renewed focus on producing a compelling developer tool regardless of application target, VS2015 supports iOS and Android development in addition to the expected Windows family.
Team Explorer 2015 is available now, joining the latest preview of Team Foundation Server 2015. With Visual Studio 2015 being released on July 20, this gives time for developers to prepare and check the environments for compatibility issues.