On docs.microsoft.com, Microsoft has just posted some of the major changes which will be coming to the newest member of the Visual Studio family, Visual Studio 2017 RC.
In case you are not familiar, Visual Studio is an integrated suite of developer productivity tools, cloud services, and extensions that enable you and your team to create great apps and games for the web, Windows Store, desktop, Android, and iOS.
In the release candidate (RC) of the newest version of Visual Studio, they have focused on performance and productivity improvements. You get great IntelliSense support, easy code navigation, fast builds, and quick deployment.
What it means to the end user is a faster start-up environment, more responsiveness, and uses less memory than ever before. And productivity-wise, it has added or updated features that can help you be more efficient while you use Visual Studio.
Here are some of the significant or notable changes:
- Boosted productivity. Enhancements to code navigation, IntelliSense, refactoring, code fixes, and debugging, saves you time and effort on everyday tasks regardless of language or platform. In addition, for teams embracing DevOps, Visual Studio 2017 streamlines the developer inner loop and speeds up code flow with brand new real-time features such as live unit testing and real-time architectural dependency validation.
- Redefined fundamentals. There is a renewed focus to enhance the efficiency of the fundamental tasks that developers encounter on daily basis. From a brand-new lightweight and modular installation tailored to a developer’s need, a faster IDE from startup to shut down, to a new way to view, edit, and debug any code without projects and solutions, Visual Studio 2017 helps developers stay focused on the big picture.
- Streamlined Azure development. Built-in suite of Azure tools that enable developers to easily create cloud-first applications powered by Microsoft Azure. Visual Studio makes it easy to configure, build, debug, package, and deploy applications and services on Microsoft Azure directly from the IDE.
- Five-star mobile development. With advanced debugging and profiling tools and unit test generation features, Visual Studio 2017 with Xamarin makes it faster and easier than ever for developers to build, connect, and tune mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Windows. Developers can also choose to develop mobile apps with Apache Cordova or with Visual C++ cross-platform library development, all in Visual Studio.