What You Need To Know About Visual Studio 2017 In A Nutshell

On March 7 and 8, 2017, Microsoft celebrated 20 years of Visual Studio and announced the release of Visual Studio 2017.

Visual Studio 2017 has landed

In this article, I will concentrate on answering the following questions:

  • What's new in Visual Studio 2017?
  • What are the system requirement for Visual Studio 2017?
  • What platforms is Visual Studio 2017  targeting?
  • Which are the SharePoint versions supported by Visual Studio 2017?
  • Which edition of Visual Studio 2017 should I download?

What's new in Visual Studio 2017

  • New Installation Experience.
    • When you first install Visual Studio 2017, you'll have a brand new experience.

  • Install multiple editions on the same computer.

    • Visual Studio Enterprise and Community (among other products) can now be installed side-by-side on the same computer, and you can identify these installations by specifying a short name or "nickname".

For example, if you were to install Visual Studio Enterprise, and then install Community, both would appear the same on the Start menu. You can give the second one a nickname like "community", and the Start menu items will appear with names such as "Visual Studio 2017".

  • Small Installation package.
    • The smallest install is just a few hundred megabytes (VS Community is 600 MB).

  • Fast Startup and solution load
    • Visual Studio has been optimized to reduce startup time and solution load time. The very first launch of Visual Studio is at least 50% faster.

  • A new Performance Center. (Help > Manage Visual Studio Performance)
    • Visual Studio will now monitor extension and tool windows performance that impacts startup, solution load, or editing.
    • You will receive alerts about poorly performing extensions via the Notification bar in the IDE.

  • New Reload Solution.
    • Reload All Projects has been replaced with Reload Solution to support better performance when switching branches external to VS.

  • The GitHub extension for Visual Studio.
    • The GitHub extension can be selected in the new Visual Studio installer.

  • Offline help.
    • It is now available by installing the Help Viewer component from the Visual Studio installer.

  • New Solution selection list in the Solution Explorer.
    • You are now automatically taken to the folder view of your repository after cloning.

  • New version control status bar.
    • to keep track of uncommitted and un-pushed work.

      Version Control - Unpublished commits example
      Version Control - No pending changes example
  • Multiple users interface languages.
    • You can now add and remove multiple user interface languages at any time using the Visual Studio installer on the Language Packs tab. You can select the current user interface language among those installed using Tools > Options > International Settings.

  • Redesigned Start Page.

    Start Page with Get Started and News

Code Navigation Improvements.

  • Go To All.
    • (Ctrl +, or Ctrl + T) lets you quickly find and go to files, types, methods, and other elements in your code.

  • Go To Line.
    • (Ctrl + G) experience.

      Go To Line

You can find the "Go To" family of commands at the top of the Edit Menu.

  • Find All References (Shift+F12)
    • providing advanced grouping, filtering, sorting, searching within reference results, and colorization for results (for C# and VB).

  • Structure Guide Lines.
    • This feature may be disabled in the Tools > Options dialog by unchecking the Show structure guide lines checkbox under the Text Editor > General category.

      Structure Guide Lines
  • Open Folder.
    • to work with code bases without projects and solutions.

      The new Open Folder feature in the Visual Studio IDE
  • Lightweight Solution Load.
    • enables faster loading of large Solutions.

To enable globally, navigate to Tools > Options, select "General" under "Projects and Solutions" or by searching for "Lightweight Solution load" with Quick Launch. The feature can be turned ON and OFF for individual Solutions in the Solution properties pane.

The new Lightweight Solution load feature in the Visual Studio IDE

  • New Getting Started with Project Overview Pages.

    Project Overview
  • Service Capabilities changed to Connected Service.
    • Connected Services is the modern "Add Connected Service" or "Add Service Reference" feature of Visual Studio 2017.

      Connected Services
  • Visual Studio Installer.
    • If you can't find the templates you’re looking for, the Visual Studio Installer can also be opened from within the New Project dialog.

      In-product acquisition via New Project Dialog
  • New icon tray to IntelliSense.
    • enables you to filter the member list by type (e.g., methods, properties, classes, etc.).

To enable this feature, go to Tools > Options > Text Editor > [C# / Basic] > IntelliSense and check the options for filtering and highlighting.

IntelliSense Completion Filtering

  • A new JavaScript language service.
    • enabled by default.and provides richer IntelliSense and adds IntelliSense support.

      Rich JavaScript IntelliSense for jQuery
  • A new Run to click.
    • Simply click the icon next to a line of code while debugging to run to that line.
    • No longer set temporary breakpoints or perform several steps to execute your code and stop on the line you want.

      Run to Click Icon
  • Attach to Process Filter.
    • Easily search in the Attach to Process dialog to quickly find the process you want to attach the debugger to.

      Attach to Process Filter
  • Reattach to Process.
    • You can now quickly (Shift+Alt+P) reattach to processes you were previously debugging. In my opinion, it's a great feature for SharePoint Solution Debugging.

  • The New Exception Helper.

    The New Exception Helper dialog
  • Add Conditions to Exception Settings.
    • When you configure the debugger to break on thrown exceptions, you can add conditions so that the debugger will only break when exceptions are thrown in specified modules.

      Edit Conditions dialog box
  • Diagnostic Tools Window Updates.

    Summary tab in Diagnostics Tools Window

More and more new features and improvements can be read at Visual Studio 2017 Release Notes.

System requirement for Visual Studio 2017
 
Supported Operating Systems

Visual Studio 2017 can install and run on the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10 version 1507 or higher: Home, Professional, Education, and Enterprise (LTSB is not supported)
  • Windows Server 2016: Standard and Datacenter
  • Windows 8.1 (with Update 2919355): Basic, Professional, and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (with Update 2919355): Essentials, Standard, Datacenter
  • Windows 7 SP1 (with latest Windows Updates): Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate
Hardware
  • 1.8 GHz or faster processor. Dual-core or better recommended
  • 2 GB of RAM; 4 GB of RAM recommended (2.5 GB minimum if running on a virtual machine)
  • Hard disk space: 1GB to 40GB, depending on features installed
  • Video card that supports a minimum display resolution of 720p (1280 by 720); Visual Studio will work best at a resolution of WXGA (1366 by 768) or higher
Supported Languages

Visual Studio is available in the following languages:

  • English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Turkish

You can select the language of Visual Studio during installation.
The Visual Studio Installer is available in the same fourteen languages and will match the language of Windows, if available.

Note

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Office Integration 2017 is available in the ten languages supported by Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017.

Additional Requirements
  • .NET Framework 4.5 is required to install Visual Studio. Visual Studio requires .NET Framework 4.6.1, which will be installed during setup.
  • Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB edition is not supported for development. You may use Visual Studio 2017 to build apps that run on Windows 10 LTSB.
  • Internet Explorer 11 or Edge is required for internet-related scenarios. Some features might not work unless these, or a later version, are installed.
  • For emulator support, Windows 8.1 Pro or Enterprise (x64) editions are required. A processor that supports Client Hyper-V and Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) is also required.
  • Universal Windows app development, including designing, editing, and debugging, requires Windows 10. Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012 R2 may be used to build Universal Windows apps from the command line.
  • Team Foundation Server 2017 Office Integration requires Office 2016, Office 2013, or Office 2010.
  • Xamarin.Android requires a 64-bit edition of Windows and the 64-bit Java Development Kit (JDK).
  • PowerShell 3.0 or higher is required on Windows 7 SP1 to install the Mobile Development with C++, JavaScript, or .NET workloads.

For more details, check Visual Studio 2017 Product Family System Requirements.

Platforms targeting Visual Studio 2017

  • Compatibility on Windows.

    • Windows 10.
    • Windows 8.1 & 8.
    • Windows 7.
    • Windows Vista.
    • Windows XP.
    • Windows Server 2016.
    • Windows Server 2012 R2.
    • Windows Server 2012.
    • Windows Server 2008 R2.
    • Windows Server 2008.
    • Windows Server 2003.

  • Compatibility with previous Visual Studio.

    • Visual Studio 2015.
    • Visual Studio 2013.
    • and Visual Studio 2012.

  • Compatibility for .NET Framework.

    • .NET 4.6.1 is a highly compatible in-place update of .NET 4, .NET 4.5, .NET 4.5.1,.NET 4.5.2, and 4.6. .NET 4.6.2 is included with Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, and is a highly compatible in-place update of .NET 4.6.1.

  • Compatibility for Team Explorer and Team Foundation Server.

    • Team Foundation Server 2017.
    • Team Foundation Server 2015.
    • Team Foundation Server 2013.
    • Team Foundation Server 2012.
    • and Team Foundation Server 2010 SP1.

  • Support for

    • Android Development.
    • iOS Development.
    • Linux Development.
    • OS X Development.

For more details, check Visual Studio 2017 Platform Targeting and Compatibility.

SharePoint versions supported in Visual Studio 2017

Visual Studio 2017 supports SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2013 and Office 365.

 

To install Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2017 -

  • Open the Visual Studio Installer > Click on Modify Button.
  • Click on Workloads.
  • Select Office/SharePoint development.

For more details, check Missing Office / SharePoint template in Visual Studio 2017.

Edition that I should download

There are three Visual Studio 2017 editions.

  • Visual Studio 2017 Community:
    • Free, fully-featured IDE for students, open-source and individual developers. Free download.

  • Visual Studio 2017 Professional:
    • Professional developer tools, services, and subscription benefits for small teams. Free trial.

  • Visual Studio 2017 Enterprise:
    • An end-to-end solution to meet demanding quality and scale needs of teams of all sizes. Free trial.
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