Microsoft today released a new major update for Visual Studio 2015. Te software giant today released Update 1 for Visual Studio, which brings a handful of new features and improvements to Visual Studio 2015. The latest update brings quite a lot of new features, but here are some of the noteworthy ones:
Tools for Apache Cordova
Developers using the Tools for Apache Cordova for the first time since RTM will find a richer development platform with support for iOS 9, the groundwork for Android 6 “Marshmallow”, a new plug-in for Azure AD authentication and dozens…even hundreds of bug fixes to improve the developer experience.
We also have a new destination for samples, tutorials and documentation, at http://taco.visualstudio.com. And now, docs are sourced directly from GitHub, making it possible for developers to contribute tips, tricks, and corrections by using a simple pull request.
Tools for Universal Windows Apps
You can use Tools for Universal Windows Apps (v1.2) to build and submit apps to the Windows Store by targeting Windows 10 SDK Version 1511. Also included in this release are several developer productivity improvements to .NET Native, the XAML designer, the manifest designer, Windows Store packaging, and the debugger.
If you don’t already have Tools for Universal Windows Apps installed, you can enable them by modifying the Visual Studio 2015 installation, or by directly installing them from the following link: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=619614
The C# Interactive Window is back in Visual Studio, as well as the command-line C# REPL window. (The Interactive Window is the REPL window inside Visual Studio.)
We’ve also released scripting APIs that enable you to build and run C# as a script. The scripting APIs are available on GitHub.
Additionally, we’ve released csi.exe, which is a tool that you can use to run a C# script file (.csx) from the Developer Command Prompt. For example, simply type
csi myScript.csxto run your script file. Or, you can enter the command-line REPL mode to interactively evaluate snippets of C# code. To get to this mode, run the command
csiwithout any arguments from the Developer Command Prompt.