Azure SDK new features within Visual Studio and IntelliJ

We’re excited to announce new features within IntelliJ and Visual Studio that will enhance the developer experience when using Azure SDKs.

Visual Studio 16.0 Preview 4

The Azure SDK team strives to provide the best developer experience in using our package and most current libraries. Feedback was collected from the developer community. We determined that providing clarity around deprecated vs. non-deprecated packages would improve the seamless developer experience across our packages and libraries.

In Visual Studio 16.0 Preview 4, developers will see two new features within NuGet Package Manager:

  1. In the Browse tab, when searching for a package, if the package is deprecated, you’ll see a warning symbol and the message “This package is deprecated. Use instead”. If you select the package details, the link will guide you to the latest package. Image test2
  2. In the Install tab, when viewing all currently installed packages, if any of them have been deprecated and need to be updated to the latest package, you’ll see a warning symbol and the message “This package is deprecated. Use instead”. If you select the package details, the link will guide you to the latest package. Image test4

 

Azure ToolKit for IntelliJ

Developers need a cohesive journey between using libraries and accessing relevant Microsoft Docs pages, GitHub samples, and more. To enhance this journey, we’ve added an Azure SDK Reference Book. It allows developers to view the following assets for SDK libraries:

  • Indices
  • Latest versions
  • Reference docs
  • GitHub samples
  • Guidance links
  • Dependency snippets

Our team has added two key features to enhance the experience of our developers who use IntelliJ:

  1. IntelliJ developers can access this Azure SDK Reference Book by navigating to Tools > Azure > Azure SDK Reference BookImage ReferenceBook
  2. We’ve added a deprecation indication that allows developers to know when a package they’re using should be migrated to our latest package. Within this indicator, developers can access the Azure SDK Reference Book and select the link to the newest package. Image DeprecationNote

As our developers evolve, the Azure SDK team pushes to ensure the developer journey is constantly evolving as well.

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