Last Monday’s release of Visual Studio 2015 begins a new era
for Microsoft in which the company explores the spirit of open-sourcing,
promotes the convenience of cross-platform development, and drives hard toward
becoming a force in mobile development. With so many magnanimous aspects tied
to a single release, one could easily overlook all the pragmatic improvements
made to Microsoft’s prize IDE.
In a new video produced by Syncfusion, titled Visual Studio 2015: A Review of New Features,
author Alessandro Del Sole explains many of the enhancements found in Visual
Studio 2015 that make crafting an application less taxing. The video was
created for DVLUP,
Microsoft’s educational program that uses games to promote learning about
Microsoft development platforms.
If you’ve been following the past week’s chatter surrounding
Visual Studio, you probably heard Del Sole’s name come up in reference to Visual Studio 2015 Succinctly, an e-book released last Monday that Del Sole
authored—his second book in Syncfusion’s Succinctly
series. Within the first four days after the book’s publication, just over 900
copies were downloaded—signifying the intense interest garnered by this release
of Visual Studio 2015.
Del Sole illustrates Shared Projects in WPF and Windows Phone apps.
Del Sole starts the video by explaining how this version of
Visual Studio supports multiple accounts, and how such support benefits a
developer’s workflow. He then takes the viewer on an in-depth tour of the
greater enhancements of the code editor, which is now equipped with
touch-gesture support, a Peek Definition feature for the XAML editor, and a
NuGet package manager. Del Sole actively describes all by way of practical
examples, demonstrating step-by-step how a typical developer can deploy these
new features into daily practice.
He then delves into the overall mission of Visual Studio 2015:
coding less to make more.
His review of the Shared Project feature explains how this
valuable aspect of Visual Studio has been extended. He also describes the
different scenarios for using Shared Projects versus portable libraries.
Del Sole demonstrates NuGet Package Manager.
By the end of July, Visual Studio will be equipped with
tools to build Windows Universal apps. Del Sole offers a glimpse into this new
dynamic and draws a comparison between the structure of Windows Store 8.1 and
Windows Phone 8.1 projects and that of Windows Universal apps. By reviewing the
similarities, he shows how certain parts of the old platform have evolved into
This is Syncfusion’s second contribution to the DVLUP
program this month; the first was Universal
Windows Apps by Matteo Pagani, which covered new features coming in Windows
10. Del Sole’s tutorial is available
today on the same page as the DVLUP quiz, which if passed, provides experience
points to those who have a DVLUP account. Del Sole’s books can be found in the Succinctly library.