Alessandro Del Sole Introduces Visual Studio 2015

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 the new.

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.

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