With the latest version of its Visual Studio software development platform, Microsoft is looking to entice developers by expanding language capabilities and accommodating mobile development.
Visual Studio 2015 is being released along with .Net Framework 4.6. Substantial new components in Visual Studio 2015 include the .Net Framework 4.6 and the new Roslyn c# and Visual Basic Compiler. Certain tools for developing Windows 10 Universal applications, such as support for Objective-C development to enable the so-called Project Islandwood iOS platform bridge will arrive as updates after VS 2015 and Windows 10 are released.
The final versions of C# 6 and VB.Net, with features to simplify common coding patterns and boost productivity, are offered, said S. “Soma” Somasegar, Microsoft corporate vice president in Microsoft’s developer division, in a blog post to be published today.
“Visual Studio 2015 also includes significantly improved support for C++ 11/14/17 along with TypeScript 1.5, F# 4.0, and tools for Python and dozens of other languages,” Somasegar said. TypeScript, he noted, has been among multiple Microsoft technologies offered up to open source in the past two years, along with the Roslyn compiler platform, CoreCLR and Python Tools for Visual Studio.
For the mobile realm, Visual Studio 2015 offers cross-platform tools to build applications for iOS, Android, and Windows, Somasegar said. Combining Visual Studio 2015 with the Xamarin platform enables extension of .Net applications to iOS and Android, and an Android emulator is included in the Visual Studio upgrade.