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Visual Studio Live Share for real-time code reviews and interactive education

December 6th, 2018 No comments

Collaborating with your team using Visual Studio Live Share keeps getting easier! Since making Live Share available for the public use at BUILD last May, we’ve heard so much great feedback from our users, which has helped guide us in continuing to build a tool that truly enables developers to collaborate in all the ways they need from the comfort of their favorite tools. Your feedback has pointed us towards new collaboration scenarios that we had not previously thought of (e.g. technical interviews and hackathons), as well helped us prioritize releasing some of the biggest feature requests and issues, like sharing multi-root workspaces, making it easier to visually interact with a Live Share session, as well as allowing guests to start a debugging session. We’ve come a long way, and we have so much more collaboration goodness to bring you! If you haven’t checked out Live Share yet, get started collaborating today!

Live Share + Visual Studio 2019

After installing the Visual Studio 2019 Preview, you’ll immediately notice a Live Share button in the top-right corner of your IDE. Starting with Visual Studio 2019, Live Share is now installed by default with most workloads, making it easier than ever to start collaborating with your teammates.

For a quick overview of how to get started with Live Share, we have a walkthrough for you to watch:

We’ve also been working to bring features to enable better Live Share support for Visual Studio users. For our public preview release, we announced universal language support for all languages and platforms. We’re happy to say we’ve continued to expand this capability and have recently added language support for more languages, including: C++, VB.NET, and Razor, with F# and Python on the way soon.

Additionally, one of the top feature requests from Visual Studio users of Live Share was enabling Solution View for guests. Now, you will see the project-based view of the codebase, rather than the “folder view”. The guests and host no longer have different views into the project, and now have the same view, as if they were all developing locally.

Real-time code reviews

Another big area of collaboration among teams comes when committing your code and conducting reviews. Live Share wants to further enhance that experience and offer new ways to work with your teammates.

When a host shares their code during a Live Share session, guests will have access to the shared source control diffs. Available in both Visual Studio (with the Pull Requests for Visual Studio extension), and Visual Studio Code, guests can view the diffs to get context on what changes have been made before or during a session. This can help with having real-time code reviews in your tool of choice, or even figuring out a merge conflict.

Another aspect of the reviewing experience is comments. For that, Live Share enables in-line commenting. While in a session, participants can add comments to code for others to see in real-time. You can use this for making notes about certain changes found in a shared diff or making a to-do list of things to accomplish during the collaboration session.

To further enhance your code review experience, and ensure you can use the tools you’re already familiar with, we’re excited to announce that GitLens has added support for Live Share! As a guest, you can visualize code authorship with Git blame annotations, navigate through line/file/repo history, and view diffs between arbitrary baselines (e.g commits, branches, or tags).

Collaboration comes in so many different forms, so working with the extension ecosystem to holistically address the various ways developers work together is integral to Live Share. We’ve also partnered with other 3rd party extensions to augment Live Share collaboration sessions with their additional capabilities, like auto-sharing servers created by Live Server, sharing Test Explorer results with guests, and letting guests execute code as it is written with Quokka.js.

Interactive Education

The primary goal of Visual Studio Live Share is to enable developers to collaborate with each other more easily, and education is a scenario we care deeply about. Whether you’re mentoring a developer on your team, or giving a lecture to a classroom, Live Share provides participants with an experience that is more engaging and truly personalized to everyone’s learning needs.

While Live Share was already applicable to education, we’ve specifically addressed the following key feedback items, in order to ensure it’s further optimized for the diverse needs of instructors and students everywhere:

Get Collaborating!

If you haven’t had a chance, give Visual Studio Live Share a try! The extension is also available for download for Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio Code users. Additionally, it available as a default install option in the new Visual Studio 2019 Preview.

For more information about using Live Share, please check out our docs! We’re so grateful for all the amazing feedback we’ve received from you, and love hearing more. We talked a about a few new use cases we’ve optimized for based on your feedback, and we’re so excited for all the new ways we can enhance how you collaborate. As always, feel free to send us your feedback by filing issues and feature requests on GitHub.

Happy Collaborating!

Jon Chu, Program Manager
@jonwchuJon is a Program Manager on the Visual Studio Live Share team bringing collaboration tools to developers, enabling them to tell their own unique stories. Prior to Live Share he’s worked on XAML tooling and NuGet.

Making every developer more productive with Visual Studio 2019

December 4th, 2018 No comments

Today, in the Microsoft Connect(); 2018 keynote, Scott Guthrie announced the availability of Visual Studio 2019 Preview 1. This is the first preview of the next major version of Visual Studio. In this Preview, we’ve focused on a few key areas, such as making it faster to open and work with projects stored in git repositories, improving IntelliSense with Artificial Intelligence (AI) (a feature we call Visual Studio IntelliCode), and making it easier to collaborate with your teammates by integrating Live Share. With each preview, we’ll be adding capabilities, improving performance, and refining the user experience, and we absolutely want your feedback.

For a quick overview of the new functionality, you can keep reading this blog, or if you want a video overview, check out our team member Allison’s introduction to Visual Studio 2019. But before you do either, make sure to kick off the download.

Enabling you to focus on your work

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that Visual Studio 2019 opens with a new start window on launch. This experience is better designed to work with today’s Git repositories – whether local repos or online Git repos on GitHub, Azure Repos, or elsewhere. Of course, you can still open an existing project or solution or create a new one. (This experience is also coming soon to Visual Studio 2019 for Mac.) We’ll have a more detailed blog post on the new start window experience next week, which will also go into some of the research that supported this revamp.

Visual Studio 2019 start window

Visual Studio 2019 for Mac start window

Once you’re in the IDE, you’ll notice a few changes to the UI and UX of Visual Studio 2019. Jamie Young recently published a blog post with more detail on these changes, but to recap, they include a new product icon, a refreshed blue theme with small changes across the UI to create a cleaner interface, and a more compact title and menu bar – for which we’ve heard your feedback loud and clear and are working to further optimize.

In addition to the enhancements Jamie mentions, today we’re sharing the new search experience in Visual Studio 2019, which replaces the existing “Quick Launch” box. You can now search for settings, commands, and install options. The new search experience is also smarter, as it supports fuzzy string searching to help find what you are looking for even when misspelled.

The new search experience in Visual Studio 2019

When you’re coding, Visual Studio 2019 makes it easier to get your work done quickly.  We’ve started by focusing on code maintainability and consistency experiences in this preview. We’ve added new refactoring capabilities – such as changing for-loops to LINQ queries and converting tuples to named-structs – to make it even easier to keep your code in good shape. With the new document health indicator and code clean-up functionality, you can now easily identify and fix warnings and suggestions with the click of a button.

The document health indicator and code clean-up command

Common debugging task are also easier. You’ll immediately see that stepping performance is improved, allowing for a much smoother debugging experience. We’ve also added search capabilities to the Autos, Locals, and Watch windows helping you track down objects and values. Watch for a future blog post that goes deeper into the debugger improvements in Visual Studio 2019, including the new Time Travel Debugging for managed code feature (coming to a future Preview), updates to the Snapshot Debugger to target Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS), and better performance when debugging large C++ projects; thanks to an out-of-process 64-bit debugger.

Search in the Watch window

Helping your team work together

Building on the work we started in Visual Studio 2017, we’re improving Visual Studio IntelliCode, our context-aware and AI-powered IntelliSense, to enable training it on your own code repositories and share the results with your team. IntelliCode reduces the number of keystrokes you need since the completion lists are prioritized on the most common coding patterns for that API combined with the context of the code in your existing project. We’ll have a blog post on all the improvements in IntelliCode coming later this week, including more details on learning from your code, and C++ and XAML support being added for Visual Studio 2019.

Visual Studio IntelliCode using a trained model

Earlier this year, we introduced Visual Studio Live Share to help you collaborate in real-time with anyone across the globe using Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code. Live Share is installed by default with Visual Studio 2019, so you can immediately invite your teammates to join your coding session to take care of a bug or help make a quick change. You’ll also find it’s easier to start a session and view who you’re working within a dedicated space at the top-right of the user interface. We’ll also have a deeper-dive post on Visual Studio Live Share improvements in the next few days, including support for any project, app type, and language, Solution View for guests, and support for more collaboration scenarios.

Visual Studio Live Share integrated in Visual Studio 2019

Last, we’re introducing a brand-new pull request (PR) experience in Visual Studio 2019, which enables you to review, run, and even debug pull requests from your team without leaving the IDE. We support code in Azure Repos today but are going to expand to support GitHub and improve the overall experience. To get started, you can download the Pull Requests for Visual Studio extension from the Visual Studio Marketplace.

The new pull request experience in Visual Studio 2019

.NET Core 3 Preview 1

We also announced .NET Core 3 Preview 1 today, and Visual Studio 2019 will be the release to support building .NET Core 3 applications for any platform. Of course, we also continue to support and improve cross-platform C++ development, as well as .NET mobile development for iOS and Android with Xamarin.

.NET Core 3.0 development in Visual Studio 2019

Help us build the best Visual Studio yet

We are very thankful to have such an active community and can’t wait to hear what you think about Visual Studio 2019. Please help us make this the best Visual Studio yet by letting us know of any issues you run into by using the Report a Problem tool in Visual Studio. You can also head over to the Visual Studio Developer Community to track your issue or, even better, suggest a feature, ask questions, and find answers from others.

We will share more about the full feature set and SKU lineup of Visual Studio 2019 in the coming months as we release more previews. You can try Visual Studio 2019 side-by-side with your current installation of Visual Studio 2017, or if you want to give it a spin without installing it, check out the Visual Studio images on Azure.

I also want to take a moment to thank our vibrant extension ecosystem, who have made over 400 extensions available for Visual Studio 2019 Preview 1 already, and more are being added each day. You can find these extensions on the Visual Studio Marketplace.

Microsoft has always been a company with developers at the heart – we’re humbled that the community of users of the Visual Studio family has surpassed 12 million. We aim to make every second you spend coding more productive and delightful. Please continue to share your feedback on the preview for Visual Studio 2019 to help guide the future direction of the product so it becomes your favorite tool. Thank you!

John Montgomery, Director of Program Management for Visual Studio
@JohnMontJohn is responsible for product design and customer success for all of Visual Studio, C++, C#, VB, JavaScript, and .NET. John has been at Microsoft for 17 years, working in developer technologies the whole time.