In December, the first Visual Studio 2019 preview was released. The release candidate became available in February and the general release is scheduled for 2nd April, with future releases expected throughout the year.
If you would like to make use of the RC, you can install it side-by-side with your existing Preview installation. If you have not been using the Preview you can now go directly to the RC.
Visual Studio 2019 Upgrades
Some of the key improvements available in Visual Studio 2019 are:
- Live code share – review code from different machines directly within the IDE. Great for reviewing pull requests between developers.
- Intellicode expanded and now covers four more languages. It can also be trained to make recommendations from your own particular coding practices.
- More targets for Snapshot Debugger which allows you to snapshot a production environment from Azure and debug the objects at that point.
- Easier publishing to Azure and creation of new resources such as Key Vaults. Making it easier to remain completely secure.
- A cleaner UI allows more space and therefore focus on the code. The blue theme has been updated and the top-level menu has moved to the title bar.
- Search has been re-written to be faster and more accurate. Enabling an easier way to find your elements of code, including search in the Watch windows.
- Code health indicator is available for files with assisted code cleanup to improve readability and quality of code. Thereby boosting productivity and resolution of issues.
Visual Studio 2019 Editions
There are three editions available: Community, Professional and Enterprise. You can upgrade simply using your existing licence.
Here is a brief breakdown of some changes you can expect to see in the three editions:
Visual Studio Enterprise 2019 has IntelliTrace, Live Unit Testing, Embedded Assemblies for mobile apps, Real Time Architecture Validation, soft.com/vs/compare/ and the Snapshot Debugger. You will not find these features available for Visual Studio Professional.
Visual Studio Community 2019 is free for anyone to use and download. It now has available References, Application Insights and Test. Previously only available in Professional and Enterprise.
Visual Studio 2019 Launch
The Visual Studio 2019 launch is scheduled with a virtual event. Scott Hanselman is a keynote speaker and will be covering the latest innovations in Visual Studio 2019. There will be demos, live-streaming sessions, conversations, Q&As and a virtual attendee party.
Whether you use C#, C++ or Python, or target the web, desktop, cloud or cross-platform with Xamarin and .Net Core 3, the event is designed to have something for you. The assortment of sessions and speakers are tailored to cover the wide range of uses that Visual Studio 2019 holds for all specialists.