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Take advantage of the new features and enhancements in Visual Studio 2013 for better developer productivity.

 

Released late last year, Microsoft's Visual Studio 2013 is a widely used, popular IDEthe next-generation IDE for software developers willing to develop applications that leverage at the managed environment. Visual Studio 2013 is built on the features available in Visual Studio 2012 and subsequent Visual Studio Update releases. This article presents a bird's-eye view of some of the new features and enhancements in the Visual Studio 2013. It also discusses in brief the new features and enhancements to Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1. Note the .NET Framework 4.5.1 comes with Visual Studio 2013.

System Requirements

The minimum software requirements for you to have Visual Studio 2013 up and running in your system is that you should have Windows 7 or later installed with a minimum of 1 GB of RAM. I use 8 GB in my laptop, and Visual Studio 2013 works just fine. Here's a quick look at the hardware requirements and supported operating systems.

 

Hardware requirements:

  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 20 GB of available hard disk space

Operating systems that support Visual Studio 2013:

  • Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)

You can download a copy of Visual Studio 2013 from the Visual Studio downloads page. You can download a trial copy of Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate here. After you download and install Visual Studio 2013 in your system, you will be prompted to sign in using your Microsoft account (hotmail.com, live.com, etc.).

 

 

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Figure 1: The Welcome page will prompt you to sign in.

 

Now, the reason this feature is provided is that it allows you to use Visual Studio 2013 from different systems while at the same time preserving and using the same settings on each of the nodes. When you sign in using your Microsoft account, your settings are synched; you can use the same Microsoft account that you used to sign in from one system to be applied in another system when you sign in. In essence, this saves you the time needed to otherwise configure your settings each time you use Visual Studio 2013 from a new system.

New Features and Enhancements in .NET Framework 4.5.1

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1 comes with Visual Studio 2013. You also have multi-targeting support in Visual Studio 2013 IDE; you can compile your application to generate assemblies that are targeted at earlier versions of the framework. Note that multi-targeting support in Visual Studio was first introduced in Visual Studio 2010.

 

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1 provides support for Multi-Core JIT, which can improve your application launch time considerably. Multicore JIT compiles methods on two cores in parallel. It uses two modes of operation: recording mode and playback mode. While in the former the JIT compiler records all the methods it has to compile and saves a profile of the methods that have been executed, the latter loads the profile information to compile the methods using a background thread. These profiles are stored in the disk.

 

The CLR uses two types of heap for storing objects: the small object heap (SOH) and the large object heap (LOH). Note that LOH is not compacted, which can lead to memory leaks as fragmentation can occur due to non-availability of adequate free memory.

 

With .NET 4.5.1 you have built-in support for on-demand LOH compaction. You can now compact the large object heaps using the following code:

 

GCSettings.LargeObjectHeapCompactionMode = GCLargeObjectHeapCompactionMode.CompactOnce;

 

Note that LOH compaction is an expensive operation and should be used only after you perform a through memory analysis.

 

With .NET Framework 4.5.1, you now have a new worker process state: the suspended state. In this state, your website will be transitioned into a suspended state in which the CPU and memory resources the website needed while it was active are released. Suspended sites are those that were in the running state earlier and have been paged out into memory. To enable this feature, you need to start IIS manager and right-click on the application pool on which you would need to have this feature. You would then have to select the "Idle Time-out Action" property and select the value as "Suspend." When the App Suspend feature is enabled in IIS, your application start-up time would drop drastically.

 

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Figure 2: These are the states of the IIS worker process

 

ADO.NET idle connection resiliency is another great new feature added to .NET Framework 4.5.1. It can work in both synchronous and asynchronous mode. This feature helps you to recover broken or idle SQL Server connections automatically so you no longer need to write code to re-establish broken connections to your database.

IDE Enhancements in Visual Studio 2013

Visual Studio 2013 includes many new features and enhancements to the IDE. This section discusses most of these with screenshots wherever appropriate.

 

Peek Definition Window

 

Visual Studio 2013 includes the new Peek Definition Window. Peek definition allows you to see the definition of a method without having to open the file in which the method is present. To invoke the Peek definition window, all you have to do is select the method for which you would like to see the definition, right-click, and then select "Peek Definition" from the drop-down list that appears. You can invoke the Peek Definition Window by pressing Alt + F12.

 

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Figure 3: The Peek Definition window is shown.

 

 

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Figure 4: Look inside the Peek Definition window.

 

CodeLens

 

The introduction of CodeLens is one of the most striking new features in Visual Studio 2013. CodeLens is a window to your source code, a window that acts as a lens and enables you to see things that you cannot see by just looking at the source code in the IDE. You can use CodeLens to find references, changes to your code, linked bugs, work items, code reviews, and unit tests without having to leave the editor. Note that you can use CodeLens together with CodeMap in Visual Studio 2013 IDE. You can enable CodeLens in your Visual Studio 2013 IDE by going to Tools > Options > Text Editor > All Languages > CodeLens > Enable CodeLens in the menu.

 

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Figure 5: Enable CodeLens.

 

Auto Brace Complete

 

The Auto Brace Complete feature is a Productivity Power Tool in Visual Studio 2013 IDE. This amazing new feature automatically adds the closing parenthesis, quote, bracket, or brace when you are writing your code in the code editor.

 

Navigate To

 

The Navigate To feature was first introduced in Visual Studio 2010, and it has been extended a lot in Visual Studio 2013. It enables you to type a part of a symbol (class, property, method, etc.) and then locate its definition using semantic search. As an example, say you have a method that calculates the salary of an employee but you don't remember the exact name of the method. You can just type in the name you remember and then use this feature to search for this method in files, classes, properties, methods, or other symbols that contain the text you have typed. You can invoke the Navigate To feature by pressing the CTRL and comma keys together on a symbol.

 

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Figure 6: Use "Navigate To" in Visual Studio 2013.

 

Other Interesting Features

 

The Just My Code feature is another addition. When enabled, it allows you to debug your code while ignoring frameworks and other code. To enable this feature, turn it on from Debug > Options and Settings > General > Enable Just My Code.

 

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Figure 7: Enable Just My Code in Visual Studio 2013.

 

You now have live debugging and tracing support for your Azure websites. Another new feature in Visual Studio 2013 is Browser Link, which enables you to refresh the browser window from within the Visual Studio 2013 IDE. Visual Studio 2013 also provides better support for developing Windows 8.1 applications.

Enhanced Support for Performance, Debugging, and Optimization in Visual Studio 2013

Visual Studio 2013 provides better support for optimization and debugging. With Visual Studio 2013 you have many tools that can help you to develop, optimize, debug, and diagnose applications seamlessly.

 

When you write programs in .NET's managed environment, you need not explicitly clean the objects that are created at runtime to free up the space occupied by them. The Garbage Collector of .NET takes care of cleaning up unused memory as and when needed. However, there can be unnecessary allocations and memory leaks due to inefficient memory usage. Your application can crash out due to "Out of Memory" exceptions or exhibit decreased performance if resource consumption is high. In order to analyze the potential memory leaks, you need to collect memory data and create memory dump files. Such files have a .dmp extension. Visual Studio 2013 includes a new feature named Memory Dump Analyzer that can help you to analyze memory dumps and detect why memory leaks have occurred. You can also compare two memory dumps to see how memory consumption has changed over time. It should be noted that Memory Dump Analyzer is available in Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate edition only.

 

Debugging is a feature that enables you to break into the source code to inspect and detect runtime errors. Visual Studio 2013 comes with improved support for debugging. The Edit and Continue feature enables you to edit your source code while in debug mode. The earlier versions of Visual Studio provided support for this feature only for 32-bit applications. With Visual Studio 2013, support for this feature is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit environments. You can verify whether this feature is enabled in the Visual Studio 2013 IDE from the Tools > Options menu option.

 

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Figure 8: Use the Edit and Continue feature in Visual Studio 2013.

 

Another interesting new feature in Visual Studio 2013 allows you to examine the return value of a method while you are in the debug mode. You can explore this feature using the Autos Window. To enable this window, you need to choose Debug >Windows >Autos from the menu while you are in the debug mode. The Autos window displays the values of the objects for both the current and the previous statement. You can also change values of objects in the Autos window while still in the debug mode. Note that you can also examine the return values of a method by typing $ReturnValue in the Immediate window.

 

Visual Studio 2013 provides enhanced support for asynchronous debugging. Support for asynchronous debugging was available in Visual Studio 2012 as well. However, with Visual Studio 2013, you have a much cleaner view of the call stack for methods that execute asynchronously. The tasks window is also improved; you can now see the active tasks, completed tasks, and scheduled tasks in the tasks window.

TypeScript Support in Visual Studio 2013

TypeScript is an open-source superset of JavaScript. It is built by Microsoft and is available at CodePlex. The official website of TypeScript states: "TypeScript lets you write JavaScript the way you really want to. TypeScript is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. Any browser. Any host. Any OS. Open Source."

 

Typescript support doesn't come with Visual Studio 2013 by default. You can use the TypeScript project template for Visual Studio 2013. When you select this template, you will be taken to the site from where you can download and install the latest version of TypeScript. Note that TypeScript 1.0 is a part of the final release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.

 

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Figure 9: Create a new TypeScript Project in Visual Studio 2013.

Better Support for Application Lifecycle Management

Application Lifecycle Management comprises of a collection of tools that include IDE, source control, work items, collaboration, metrics, reporting tools, etc. Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management consists of the following:

  • Visual Studio IDE
  • Visual Studio Test Professional
  • Team Foundation Server
  • Visual Studio Lab Management

You can use Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2013 for better version control, efficient management of your product lifecycle, reduction of the risks involved in the project, and deployment facilitation, testing, and overall team collaboration and productivity.

 

With release management in Visual Studio, you can configure, approve, and deploy your applications for any environment. You can create automated deployment orchestrations for each environment, no matter how complex the configuration. You'll be able to deliver your software more frequently and easily to an environment that allows your testers to get to work validating your system and keeps your stakeholders involved in giving feedback.

 

Release management for Visual Studio 2013 incorporates InRelease. InRelease is a product from InCycle software. Release management in Visual Studio 2013 enables you to manage application releases and helps you to easily and more confidently configure and automate complex deployments. Note that you should install Release Management Server for Team Foundation Server 2013 before you start using the release management capabilities of Visual Studio 2013.

CodeMap: Debug Your Code Visually

When you are in the debug mode in the Visual Studio 2013 IDE, you will find an option called CodeMap in the toolbar. When you click on this, you will be able to see a visual representation of the flow of execution of your code in a new window.

 

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Figure 10: Use CodeMap in Visual Studio 2013.

 

This option helps you to debug your source code with ease, and most importantly, you can easily understand the flow of execution. CodeMap helps you to understand the dependencies in your code, which this comes in handy for debugging complex code. You can use CodeMap to navigate across pieces of code and understand the relationships. You can do many more things with CodeMap: you can navigate and examine the code, highlight the references, change colors, and add comments if you need to.

 

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Figure 11: Explore CodeMap

 

Visual Studio 2013 is one of Microsoft's most popular IDEs. In this article, we explored some of the new features and enhancements to this IDE and learned how we can make best use of it. Leverage these features and enhancements to the best extent to improve developer productivity. Happy reading!

References

 

Joydip Kanjilal

Joydip Kanjilal is a Principal Software Engineer in Hyderabad, India.

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Awarded the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in ASP.NET six times in a row from the year 2007 to 2012. A speaker and author of several books and articles with over 18 years of industry experience in IT and more than 14 years in Microsoft .NET and its related technologies.

Currently working as a Principal Software Engineer at DELL International Services at Hyderabad. Was selected as an MSDN Featured Developer of the Fortnight (MSDN) a number of times and also Community Credit Winner at www.community-credit.com several times.

Authored the following books:

·  Entity Framework Tutorial (Second Edition) by Packt Publishing

·  ASP.NET Web API: Build RESTful Web Applications and Services on the .NET Framework by Packt Publishing

·  Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Six-in-One by Wrox Publishers

·  ASP.NET 4.0 Programming by McGraw Hill Publishing

·  Entity Framework Tutorial by Packt Publishing

·  Pro Sync Framework by APRESS

·  Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET AJAX in 24 Hours by Sams Publishing

·  ASP.NET Data Presentation Controls Essentials by Packt Publishing

Also reviewed more than 10 books and authored more than 350 articles for some of the most reputable sites, such as www.msdn.microsoft.com, www.code-magazine.com, www.asptoday.com, www.devx.com, www.ddj.com, www.aspalliance.com, www.aspnetpro.com, www.sql-server-performance.com, www.sswug.com, and so on.

Has years of experience in designing and architecting solutions for various domains. His technical strengths include C, C++, VC++, Java, C#, Microsoft .NET, AJAX, WCF, JQuery, ASP.NET Web API, REST, SOA, Design Patterns, SQL Server, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. Has been exploring Cloud technologies, IoT and Machine learning these days.

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    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.

     

  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using NodeRun.com as a pre-built development environment

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.