2015 Preview : Visual Studio 2015 Preview

Game-changing software development coming up!


I’m currently running Visual Studio 2012 on my laptop, believe it or not, however I’m very excited to know that the Visual Studio 2015 Preview version is now available for user testing purposes, and will be rolled in early 2015 for general use. Among the usual bells and whistles that come with any newer version of Visual Studio, for the very first time, this newer version of Visual Studio comes with feature list of Mac and Linux targeted environments, which will surely bring a huge smile to developers who would like to build .NET applications for their Linux based environments. This release again also comes hot on the heels of a recent announcement that Microsoft has now open-sourced the .NET Framework. Here is a brief feature list to watch out for in Visual Studio 2015.

ASP.NET 5 Preview runtime

ASP.NET 5 Preview is a lean and composable .NET stack for building modern web applications for both cloud and on-premises servers. It includes the following features:

  • ASP.NET MVC and Web API, which have been unified into a single programming model.
  • A no-compile developer experience.
  • Environment-based configuration for a seamless transition to the cloud.
  • Dependency injection out-of-the-box.
  • NuGet everything, even the runtime itself.
  • Run in IIS, or self-hosted in your own process.
  • All open source through the .NET Foundation, and takes contributions in GitHub.
  • ASP.NET 5 runs on Windows with the .NET Framework or .NET Core.
  • .NET Core is a new cloud optimized runtime that supports true side-by-side versioning.
  • ASP.NET 5 runs on OS X and Linux with the Mono runtime.


For a more detailed list of features available in Visual Studio 2015, you can have a look here. I will be unpacking in greater detail some of the most important features Visual Studio 2015 has to offer, and I must say,exciting days lie ahead. Visual Studio 2015 is poised to be a game-changer especially in the arena of .NET build apps  and deploying them in non-Windows environments like Linux and Mac. It would be interesting to see how much traction that particular area gets as Visual Studio 2015 becomes widely available.

Are you excited about Visual Studio 2015? How do you see it changing or improving the work that you do?

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