Simplify extension development with PackageReference and the VSSDK meta package

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8 made it possible to use the PackageReference syntax to reference NuGet packages in Visual Studio Extensibility (VSIX) projects. This makes it much simpler to reason about NuGet packages and opens the door for having a complete meta package containing the entire VSSDK. Before using PackageReference, here’s what the References node… Read more

Introducing ‘Suggest a Feature’ in Developer Community

Customer feedback is a critical input to help us improve Visual Studio. Up until two years ago, the Visual Studio customer feedback system left room for improvement – customers could use the “send a smile” feature in Visual Studio, but this would result in only coarse-grained feedback such as “I like this” or “I don’t… Read more

How to upgrade extensions to support Visual Studio 2019

Recently, I’ve updated over 30 of my extensions to support Visual Studio 2019 (16.0). To make sure they work, I got my hands on a very early internal build of VS 2019 to test with (working on the Visual Studio team has its benefits). This upgrade process is one of the easiest I’ve ever experienced…. Read more

Getting started writing Visual Studio extensions

I’m often asked how to best learn to build Visual Studio extensions, so here is what I wished someone told me before I got started. Don’t skip the introduction It’s easy to create a new extensibility project in Visual Studio, but unless you understand the basics of how the extensibility system works, then you are… Read more

How to Convince Your Management to Upgrade to Visual Studio 2017 for C# and C++ Developers

Have you tried Visual Studio 2017 at home and want to use it at work? Here are eight reasons to upgrade today that you can share with your management: Faster Than Ever Efficient Code Navigation Refactorings and Quick Actions Additions to Core Editor Functionality Debugging Improvements New and Refreshed Unit Testing Experience Code Style Configuration… Read more

Azure Service Fabric Mesh tools now available for Visual Studio 2017

Azure Service Fabric is a market-tested distributed systems platform for running scalable and reliable applications on microservices and containers. Up until now, Service Fabric required you to create and manage the clusters and their nodes using virtual machine scale sets. With today’s announcement of Azure Service Fabric Mesh, you’ll be able to use Service Fabric… Read more

Announcing the public preview of Azure Dev Spaces

Today, we are excited to announce the public preview of Azure Dev Spaces, a cloud-native development experience for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), where you can work on your applications while always staying connected with the cloud and your team. Over the last year, we have spoken to many developers working in different languages and platforms… Read more

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8 Preview 3

We’re happy to share the highlights of the latest Visual Studio 2017 preview, which is now available for download, including: Productivity and Performance improvements – Visual Studio is more responsive and usable, and projects load faster. Improved tooling to profile and understand your applications performance. Updated JavaScript and TypeScript tooling, including improved Vue.js and ESLint… Read more

Getting Started with Microsoft’s Python Developer Tools

Microsoft’s teams have been working over the last few years to bring Python developer tools to the Azure cloud and our most popular developer tools: Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio. Python is one of the fastest growing languages, with both beginner and expert developers taking to it. What makes it attractive is its easy-to-learn… Read more

Preview of Visual Studio Kubernetes Tools

Kubernetes is an open source system that is quickly emerging as the preferred container orchestration system for applications of all shapes and sizes, simplifying the deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers. It runs in a variety of environments, including on premises as well as in cloud providers, such as Microsoft’s own Azure Kubernetes Service… Read more