Visual Studio 2013 RTM and SQL Server 2014 CTP available


Visual Studio 2013 RTM was released for MSDN Subscribers today. If you would like to download any of the versions, you can go here. Here is 20 of the new features.

  1. TFS Support for Epics
  2. A new team explorer
  3. Cloud Load Testing
  4. Git integration: Can use Git as your source repository
  5. Copy the output of a build to a server – Already in the Team Foundation Service, now in Team Foundation Server
  6. Improved Diagnostics for build
  7. Default build process template
  8. Post and Pre-Built Scripts (love this one personally)
  9. Simplified Build process template
  10. Pending Changes window is back
  11. Coding indicators to show method dependencies
  12. Coding indicators to show whether code changes break your tests
  13. Some pieces of InRelease (recently purchased by Microsoft) integrated into TFS – more workflow (gates)
  14. Team Room: Project chatter in one place
  15. Roaming settings – allows you to have your settings go to any computer you use (excellent feature, much like settings in Windows 8 or 8.1)
  16. Peek definition – no need to open a file to see its definition
  17. Code Lens – see references when hovering over a method
  18. Browser Link  – Can refresh a browser inside Visual Studio when running/debugging an application
  19. Blue Theme – Ho Hum
  20. Feedback tools

As of two days ago (10/15/2013), you could also download SQL Server 2014 CTP 2. The link to download is here. My favorite new feature since CTP1 is the enhanced In-Memory OLTP, but it is still not as awesome as I would like for range operations, which, to me, is the feature that may make SQL Server 2014 a must have upgrade.

Peace and Grace,
Greg

Twitter: @gbworld
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