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20 years in the making, Visual Studio 2017 is faster, leaner, devops-ier

Tuesday March 7, 2017. 02:00 PM , from Ars Technica
Enlarge / In Visual Studio 2017, you can see the status of your unit tests update on-the-fly as you write your code. (credit: Microsoft)
Just over 20 years have passed since Microsoft first shipped Visual Studio, which bundled development environments for C++, Visual Basic, and its Java dialect J++. Since then, the languages have changed—only C++ remains, with Visual Basic replaced by its.NET namesake, J++ killed off in the courts, and C# and F# children of the 21st century—and the integration has improved—it's actually one development environment instead of a different one for each language. Today, Microsoft is releasing the 11th version of Visual Studio: Visual Studio 2017, previously codenamed Visual Studio '15,' because its version stamp is 15.0.
Microsoft had four main areas of improvement in Visual Studio 2017: 'productivity and performance,' mobile, cloud, and devops.
The first is apparent as soon as you install Visual Studio 2017: the installer is faster and should make installing only the features you need easier. The quickest installation should take no more than about three minutes. Visual Studio itself is also faster, especially when loading large C++ projects. Its startup time should also be less painful than in 2015. As well as opening faster, projects are also not quite as necessary as they were before; Visual Studio 2017 can sort of open a folder as if it were a project. This allows for editing and building of ad hoc directories full of code. This is great when working on codebases that aren't primarily developed in Visual Studio.
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