Microsoft has rolled out Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1), just several days from the release of Update 2. This preview update appears to be minor and contains several new improvements to Visual Studio, which app developers are sure to enjoy.
According to Microsoft, smaller frequent updates are beneficial to developers. "Knowing that people are picking it [Visual Studio] up in a timely manner and starting to use it validates our theory that we need to be getting more things out to our customer base faster," S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division stated in an interview.
Here are the new improvements that come with Update 3 CTP1:
- IntelliTrace, which is now more tightly integrated with Application Insights.
- Profiler, with an expanded Performance and Diagnostics hub.
- Testing tools, which now allows custom fields and custom work flows for test plans and test suites.
- The Visual Studio IDE, with numerous enhancements to CodeLens, Code Map, Debugger Map and binary functionality.
- The Debugger has one interesting upgrade: debugging is now supported for x86 applications built in .NET Native. .NET Native, released as a developer preview in April, is a compiler that strikes a compromise between the performance of C++ native code and the efficiency of C# managed code. The first release of .NET Native only supported x64 architecture.
Hit the download link below to snag the update.