Microsoft continues to build out capabilities for its Visual Studio IDE, offering a second preview release of the upgrade, which improves account settings and XAML capabilities. The company also is making available via open source its macros extension for Visual Studio.
"New features include making the account settings dialog more accessible to screen readers, diagnostics improvements to help track down focus-related issues, Edit and Continue for XAML apps, and simplified debug configuration in Folder view," said Microsoft's John Montgomery, director of program management for Visual Studio.
Montgomery is alerting developers to one breaking change involving how Visual Studio consumes templates: Developers must define templates in template manifest files. "This change will not impact anyone in this release, but it is a heads-up that templates not defined in template manifest files will stop working in the next Visual Studio 15 release. This change will only impact anyone who authors Visual Studio project templates."
Microsoft this week also upgraded its Macros for Visual Studio 2013 extension to be compatible with Visual Studio 2015 and is making the code available via open source on GitHub. Macros let developers group commands and instructions as a single command for automating repetitive tasks. Developers can view the code and make their own improvements and fixes under the open source format.