Getting Started with Visual Studio 2017 RC

by Santhakumar Munuswamy

  Posted on  18 November 2016

  Visual Studio


 

In this article, we will discuss in detail about the new release of Visual Studio 2017, list of features, setting up the environment, prerequisite and so on. Microsoft announced the new release of Visual Studio 2017 on 16th November 2016.

Prerequisite

We will see in detail about the minimum system requirements of Visual Studio 2017.

Visual Studio 2017 will quietly work on the following operating systems and hardware as given below: 

Operating Systems

  • Windows 10 version 1507 or higher
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows 8.1 (with Update 2919355)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (with Update 2919355)
  • Windows 7 SP1 (with Update 3033929)

Hardware

  • 1.8 GHz or faster processor
  • 4 GB RAM ( Recommended)

If you are going to install no of features or component based on that we required hard disk space in your PC/Laptop.

Setting up the Environment

If you want to know how to install the Visual Studio 2017 RC to your PC/Laptop. I have downloaded the Visual Studio Community 2017 RC from Microsoft as given the link. You can see step by step guidelines as given below

You can download the Visual Studio 2017 as following URL 

https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/visual-studio-2017-rc/ you can copy and paste URL into your browser as below screen


Double Click and Run the vs_Community.exe file. If you will receive a user control prompt and Click Yes button.

The Visual Studio window will open and Click Continue button. 


Now, started to initialize Setup


Installing Visual Studio Community 2017 RC window will open. You have to choose the required workloads as below screenshot. In my the case I have selected a .NET Desktop development and Web development workloads. I have continued the default location for installation. Then Click Install button.


The Visual Studio Products window will open and started to downloading as well as installing at the same time as shown below screen shot.


After successfully installed Visual Studio 2017 Community 2017 RC. Then Click Launch button.


Now, getting Visual Studio ready 


The Microsoft account window will open and you can give your Microsoft account credential and logged in the below screen.


Lets preparing for first use 


Visual Studio Community 2017 RC first look 


How to modify components on Visual Studio 2017

If you want to know how to modify the development component to Visual Studio 2017 in your PC/Laptop. You can see the step by step guidelines as below

Go to Start -> you can find the Microsoft Visual Studio Installer. Then Click Microsoft Visual Studio Installer. After, you will receive a user control prompt and Click Yes button. 


The Visual Studio products window will open and Click Modify button.


Modifying Visual Studio Community 2017 RC window will open. Additionally, I have selected a Game development with Unity workloads. I have continued the default location for installation. Then Click Modify button.


After successfully modified Visual Studio 2017 Community 2017 RC. Then Click Launch button.

How to Uninstall or Repair Visual Studio 2017

If you want to know how to uninstall the Visual Studio 2017 to your PC/Laptop. You can see the step by step guidelines as below

Go to Start -> you can find the Microsoft Visual Studio Installer. Then Click Microsoft Visual Studio Installer. After, you will receive a user control prompt and Click Yes button.

The Visual Studio products window will open and Click Options. You can choose repair or uninstall the Visual Studio 2017.


What’s new in Visual Studio 2017 RC?

If you want to know what are all things that are new features innovation or improvements for Visual Studio 2017 RC with this release, you can see the list of features as given below

  • New Installation Experience
  • Enhanced Visual Studio Feeback Workflow
  • Visual Studio IDE
  • Live Architecture Dependency Validation
  • Live Unit Testing
  • Developer Command Prompt
  • Debugging and Diagnostics
  • Visual C++
  • C# and Visual Basic
  • F#
  • Python
  • R
  • JavaScript and TypeScript
  • Tools for XAML Apps
  • Tools for Universal Windows App Development
  • Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova
  • Xamarin Preview
  • NuGet
  • Developer Analytics Tools
  • Team Explorer
  • SQL Server Data Tools
  • Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio
  • Visual Studio Software Development Kit
  • Azure SDK for .NET
  • Node.js Tools for Visual Studio
  • Visual Studio Tools for Unity
  • .NET Core and Docker Preview

As we seen list of features as mentioned above in that we will discuss few of recent features in detail with an experience as below

New Installation Experience (My Experience of Visual Studio 2017)

I am feeling awesome for the new announcement of Visual Studio 2017 on yesterday. In generally, I am eager to learn new things such as a way I tried to install the new release version of Visual Studio to my laptop. I had great experience and share to my end user experience to others

  • You can easy and quickly install, modify and uninstall cleanly 
  • You can select a required workloads (development platform) and install it.

Visual Studio IDE

As far as, overall the improvements for visual studio 2017 RC as given below

  • The Github extension for Visual Studio can be selected in the Visual Studio installer.
  • Visual Studio has been optimized to reduce startup and solution loading time.
  • Visual Studio will now monitor extension performance the impact startup, solution load or editing. You will be alerted about poorly performing extensions via the Notification bar in the IDE.
  • File globbing capabilities for .Net Core and Asp.Net Core project have been enhanced.
  • You are now automatically taken to the folder view of your repository after cloning. You can view files or open solutions with new solution selection list in the Solution Explorer.
  • Pre-release license expiration message more clearly communicates the current license state.

Python

It is an available Python workload for developing scripts and web application. The following changes or improvements are made for this release as given below

  • Install options are provided for either Python or Anaconda from Continuum Analytics.
  • Use Ctrl + Enter to send the current line or code cell to the interactive window.
  • Create a many interactive window as you like, with the same or different version of Python
  • Define custom scripts to automatically run when you start an interactive session.

R

It is an available Data Science workload for the analytical solution. The following changes are made for this release as given below

  • Multiple data table viewer + sorting per column.
  • Delete vars from Variable Explorer.
  • Intellisense, Peek in RMarkdown.
  • Search the web (StackOverflow) for current token under the cursor.
  • Integrated Microsoft R Client

Reference
Conclusion
I hope you understood the Visual Studio 2017 Installation, Uninstall or Repair, Modify steps, Prerequisite, List of features and so on. I have covered all the required things. If you found anything which I missed in this article, Please let me know. Please share your valuable feedback or comments and suggestion to improve the future articles.
 


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