October 24, 2020

Visual Studio 2017 15.8 officially released

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Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop computer programs, as well as web sites, web apps, web services and mobile apps. Visual Studio uses Microsoft software development platforms such as Windows API, Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Store and Microsoft Silverlight. It can produce both native code and managed code.

Visual Studio includes a code editor supporting IntelliSense (the code completion component) as well as code refactoring. The integrated debugger works both as a source-level debugger and a machine-level debugger. Other built-in tools include a code profiler, forms designer for building GUI applications, web designer, class designer, and database schema designer. It accepts plug-ins that enhance the functionality at almost every level—including adding support for source control systems (like Subversion and Git) and adding new toolsets like editors and visual designers for domain-specific languages or toolsets for other aspects of the software development lifecycle (like the Team Foundation Server client: Team Explorer).

Visual Studio supports 36 different programming languages and allows the code editor and debugger to support (to varying degrees) nearly any programming language, provided a language-specific service exists. Built-in languages include C,[6] C++, C++/CLI, Visual Basic .NET, C#, F#,[7] JavaScript, TypeScript, XML, XSLT, HTML, and CSS. Support for other languages such as Python,[8] Ruby, Node.js, and Mamong others is available via plug-ins. Java (and J#) were supported in the past.

The most basic edition of Visual Studio, the Community edition, is available free of charge. _Wiki

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8.0 releases.



This release contains the following performance improvements:

  • Branch switching for C#, VB, and C++ projects is much faster for large solutions since solution reload is no longer required.
  • We reduced the time to unload and reload a small set of C# and VB projects in large solutions from minutes to several seconds.
  • We added an option to disable reopening documents that were open in the previous session, as reopening certain types of files or designers can delay solution load.
    • Toggle this option in Tools > Options > Projects > Solutions > General.

Test Performance

We significantly improved performance when running a few tests in a large solution with multiple test projects. In our labs, a solution with over 10,000 MSTests executed a single test up to 82% faster!