Microsoft announces Visual Studio Achievements Beta, a pat on the back for devs

by Email Twitter: ronwinbeta Jan 19th, 2012 in News

Microsoft has announced Visual Studio Achievements Beta, a new way to recognize developers who work hard and deserve to be recognized. Achievements are unlocked based on the activity of each developer.

“A software engineer’s glory so often goes unnoticed. Attention seems to come either when there are bugs or when the final project ships. But rarely is a developer appreciated for all the nuances and subtleties of a piece of code–and all the heroics it took to write it. With Visual Studio Achievements Beta, your talents are recognized as you perform various coding feats, unlock achievements and earn badges,” Microsoft states in an official blog post.

Visual Studio Achievements Extension allows for developers to earn achievements based on activity. The code is analyzed in the background and progress is listened and reported. When the developer unlocks an achievement, a popup will appear.

On top of that, the developer will have a chance to appear in the Channel 9 leaderboard, based on how much they have accomplished.

There are even six different categories of achievements and 32 different unlockable achievements a developer can unlock. For a full list, go here. Microsoft is simply “getting started” with these achievements and hopes to unveil more in the future.

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