2023’s Top 10 New Features for .NET in Visual Studio
The .NET team has been working hard all through 2023 to create innovative features to enhance the productivity and experience of .NET developers. This blog dives into James Montemagno’s favorite new .NET features in Visual Studio.
I was particularly interested in Dev Tunnels. One of the standout features introduced in Visual Studio during 2023. This feature has been a game-changer for developers seeking to expose their local development servers to the internet. It provides a unique URL that directly tunnels to your local machine, making it incredibly valuable for scenarios like mobile development where testing backend services across various devices is crucial.
No surprise, but James is also using the new Visual Studio extensions GitHub Copilot & GitHub Copilot Chat. GitHub Copilot (Free Trial) is an AI-powered assistant revolutionizes the coding experience by suggesting contextually relevant code snippets in real-time as developers’ type. Where GitHub Copilot Chat enables direct interaction with the AI to seek detailed assistance on coding challenges, enhancing productivity and efficiency. You have got to give these two extensions a try, the future is coming fast.
My favorite was the Git & PR Enhancements integrated in Visual Studio. Developers can now perform Git tasks such as branch creation, commits, and pull requests right from the IDE, streamlining the process of code repository management significantly. I can’t say enough about all the Git enhancements in Visual Studio, but Jessie Houghton does a good job capturing it all here.
Stay tuned for more updates and enhancements in 2024 from Visual Studio as we continue to evolve to meet the needs and wants of developers worldwide. Happy coding!