“Old Order Changeth Yielding Place to New”
This age old quote of the Victorian era, runs current and gains pace in this super modern world of technological advancement today.
Microsoft asserts its stance as a worldwide leader in software services and solutions, by announcing its next big Leap- signifying three steps ahead.
Somasegar, the Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division at Microsoft, on Nov. 12. 2014, beamingly committed that this effort of the Microsoft team will tremendously benefit billions among the community of developers- be it the open source developers, start ups, hobbyists or commercial developers, in building apps or sites and empowering businesses.
The fully featured Visual Studio 2013 lends access to its extensibility ecosystem and provides support for targeting any of the cross platforms including the mobile devices, desktops, web or cloud services, he explained.
Although the key components like ASP.Net and C# Compiler have already been open sourced, the process of open sourcing fully the Core .NET Runtime and the .NET framework has commenced and will be in progress over the next following months. However, he said, “the developers can begin engaging with the breadth of .NET open source projects today at https://github.com/Microsoft/dotnet.”
“We are excited to be working closely with the Mono community on this effort, to jointly deliver an open-source, enterprise-ready .NET implementation for the server to Windows, Linux and OS X.”
The positive implications of this open sourcing efforts for the community of developers as explained by Somasegar are:
.NET expands from Windows to additionally target Linux and Mac OS X
Visual Studio 2015 offers the best solutions for C++, C#, Java and HTML development, thereby creating the right environment for cross-platform mobile application development, for targeting iOS, Android, Windows and more.
Built in integration of ‘Roslyn’ Compiler platform in Visual Studio 2015, makes coding of C# and VB more effective
Microsoft expands its collaboration with Xamarin to ensure continuation of the fruitful experience with C# and F#, for developers doing cross-platform mobile development.
Visual Studio 2015 provides a complete tool chain for mobile development across cross platforms with C++
Visual Studio 2015 supports the open source Apache Cordova platform for building applications targeting iOS, Android and Windows
Visual Studio tools like C# refactoring, Code Analysis, Graphical debugging, Blend and Peek will be accessible FREE to developers for making Cloud development and Productivity improvements a reality.
Visual Studio 2015 offers improved debugging and profiling experiences to developers
New features like Smart Unit tests, WPF development tools, Visual Diagnostic tool Timeline tool new road map for WPF are provided in Visual Studio 2015
Microsoft’s vision “to enable every developer and any application to have access to Visual Studio, .NET, Azure and Visual Studio Online” has finally been transformed into reality.
It is now the turn of Developers to make it the abounding resource for cross platform developments.