Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 refines the fundamentals with new features. It’s now a full 20-years since the Visual Studio software development product was first offered by Microsoft to the market. Still then, with Visual Studio 2017 new features and release, the focus is very much on how the company could provide refinements that are productivity-focused for programmers who would use it to build the applications that are used every day. The new release is an investment in various key areas, refining the fundamentals.
Now, with all the new features, one could build smarter applications fast. The new ones, like live dependency validation, help drive DevOps earlier in the development phase. Additionally, improvements to popular features, such as IntelliSense, code navigation, code fixes and refactoring save both effort and time, whatever the platform or language may be.
What fundamental refinements could Microsoft make in the engine room? The Visual Studio 2017 download comes in the shape of enhancements to code navigation, which help developers around their own code structures and hopefully, create cleaner programs that work better. Check out several new features, such as the following.
- Perceive and fix bugs sooner. The whole test and debugging experience has been improved to help find and address issues earlier. Features, such as Exception Helpers, Live Unit Testing and Run to Click tighten the DevOps loop through minimizing risks in regression and exposing the root cause of new bugs right away.
- Cloud integration. It’s easier than ever to create and deploy services and apps to Microsoft Azure or cloud directly from the IDE. Built-in tools give comprehensive integration with all Azure, .NET Core apps, Docker containers, services and many more. The experience is so simple that one feels like working from inside the Azure datacenter. There are also new features that enable development teams to adopt modern DevOps practices easily and coordinate to react to changes in the market faster and continuously.
- Efficient collaboration. Mange team projects directly hosted by any provider, which include Visual Studio Team Services, GitHub or Team Foundation Server. Furthermore, one could also opt to use the new Open Any Folder feature to open and work with virtually any code file immediately with no need for a formal solution or project around it.
- Deliver quality mobile applications. The advanced debugging system of Xamarin, unite test generation features and profiling tools, it’s easier and faster than ever to create, connect and tune native mobile applications for iOS, Android and Windows. Moreover, one could choose to develop mobile applications with Apache Cordova or create C++ cross platform libraries.
- Polished VS 2017’s refactoring capabilities. Simply put, refactoring involves code changing in a non-functional manner so it could be more easily read and could be laid down with less complexity for future generations.
- IntelliSense technology. Microsoft makes much a lot of using its very own IntelliSense technology in the new 2017 version. IntelliSense is a technology, which in some ways works much like a text auto-complete function, which users could experience in a word processor or inside a smart phone application, while typing. IntelliSense is code-completion in a context-aware sense so it could hasten some coding activity as well as minimize typos and other common errors.
The DevOps notion has been widely discussed already. It’s the coming together of the Developer and Operations teams in name and in function. DevOps aims to stem the approach with a wholesomeness that is rarely found outside the spiritual self-help workgroup meetings, etc., and brings together the entire software app lifecycle. Ultimately, the result of the new Visual Studio 2017 is more automation intelligence. Also, Visual Studio for Mac Preview 4 forms part of the news this month in this scenario. Again, Microsoft aims to spread itself cross-platform to attract programmers of all sizes, shapes and preferences towards the fold to utilize its wider tool sets as well as cloud services.
Most of what Microsoft has done in refining the fundamentals has been focused on building the term that people use so much now when it comes to software ‘automation intelligence’, and more the ability to make things occur in an automated automatic format, which is based on defined needs and procedures that blocks of code, systems, apps and/or the other programmatic elements which connect to them require. In summary, Visual Studio 2017 is quite a refined refinement, fundamentally.