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Visual Studio 2017 launch: our products are ready, are you?

Today, March 7, is a big day in the Microsoft developer world: Visual Studio 2017 has been released.

VS2017 launch date - 7 March 2017

So, where does DevExpress stand with regard to our .NET products? Will we be ready? Will you be able to download VS2017 on Day One and use your favorite user interface controls, tools and frameworks with it? I’m sure it will come as no surprise that we have been diligently working with the betas of VS2017 to ensure that you can start immediately.

In fact, on February 28 (a week ago) we released DevExpress Universal and DevExtreme 16.2.5 as well as CodeRush 16.2.6, and it is these builds which have our official support for VS2017. So if you are a “real” active customer, staying abreast of our latest releases, you already have the right bits for the Visual Studio 2017 launch. There is nothing else to download.

I’m certainly ready for this new version of Visual Studio. VS2015 is so passé! VS2017 is where it’s at!

Published Mar 07 2017, 09:00 AM by
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Dean J.

DevExpress WinForms version 15 is only 1 major version behind 16.  Will version 15 install on VS 2017 and function correctly?

March 7, 2017 9:39 AM

Martin Pelletier

Hello Julian,

Does Coderush for Roselyn still have a future? Seem after seeing some coding helpers in VS2017, I have the impression they stole many features from Coderush.  

March 7, 2017 10:39 AM

Julian Bucknall (DevExpress)

Dean: We currently have no plans to add the new support for Visual Studio 2017 to versions other than DevExpress 16.1 and 16.2.

Cheers, Julian

March 7, 2017 2:43 PM

Mark Miller (DevExpress)

Hi Martin,

CodeRush for Roslyn has a strong future. CodeRush's test runner remains *twice as fast* as Visual Studio's. CodeRush's debug visualizer helps you find bugs much faster than built-in tooling. CodeRush templates are still more powerful than snippets. And CodeRush's smart duplicate line learns as you work.

Of course, the price you pay when you build a plugin for a host IDE, is that when you do something really well, the host IDE is likely to "borrow" something to implement in a future implementation. This has happened again and again in the past, and with every new release it seems we get a question like this. My take: the fact that CodeRush features are showing up in Visual Studio (and other IDEs & tools), isn't a sign that the product's future is uncertain, but rather a sign that we continue to be moving in the right direction. Better to be a leader than a follower.

March 7, 2017 3:55 PM

James S K Makumbi

Julian just unfriended me publicly :-(

I am not a "real" active customer (yes, I use devexpress universal daily just... not 16.1 or higher)

Oh well, I am not ready to do vs2017 either.

That said, this support and upgrade is what I have come to expect from devexpress. I see coderush as pretty valuable today and going forward. Why? Because I have spent the last 6 years using it and I will be damned if I am going to learn how to use vs for coderush things. The only thing I want to figure out is how to get vs2017 out of the way of coderush. I am tempted to pay for just coderush for now then dx universal later when I am ready to upgrade everything to vs2017.

March 8, 2017 1:38 AM

Julian Bucknall (DevExpress)

James: Unfriended you? Never! :) Regarding VS2017 support: although it seems like that it's "just another version" of Visual Studio, there have been some big changes in the underlying structure of the IDE (as a small example, you don't have to install C#, WinForms and all that, and can just use it for node.js development) and those changes mean big changes in our installer (another small example, CRR installs via a VSIX in VS2017). All in all, we decided that providing what amounts to two installers in one for just v16.1 and v16.2 would be sufficient, given our resources at the moment.

Cheers, Julian

March 8, 2017 7:05 AM

Carl-Hermann Hempen

Well I don't think your tools are completly ready.

The visual designer for XPO is still missing (T451510).

March 8, 2017 10:21 PM

Julian Bucknall (DevExpress)

Carl: Unfortunately the full Modeling SDK in VS2017 was only made available with the official release, and not in the various betas. We use this to create the XPO data model visual designer. Now that we have it (along with everyone else, of course), we are working hard to make the designer available in the next minor release. Our apologies for the delay.

Cheers, Julian

March 9, 2017 7:08 AM

Jaime Alvarez [VOLUNDAT]

Visual Studio 2017 and Xamarin world are ready, are you?

March 9, 2017 9:13 AM

Dennis (DevExpress Support)

@Carl: We've published intermediate builds for v16.1 and v16.2 with XPO designer support for VS2017 at https://www.devexpress.com/Support/Center/Question/Details/T451510.

March 10, 2017 8:30 AM

Steven Olensky

Do you support Core MVC Standard with .Net MVC Controls?

March 16, 2017 8:49 AM

Nikolai (DevExpress Support)

@Steven: Our ASP.NET MVC components do not support ASP.NET Core. However, you can use our DevExtreme MVC Wrappers in ASP.NET Core projects. Please take a look at the following help topic to learn more: js.devexpress.com/.../Prerequisites_and_Installation

March 20, 2017 10:15 PM

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