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The latest anything .NET by Microsoft is not only good, it is excellent!
Continuously outdoing itself for 18 years has led to amazing results!
To be fair I think one must thank the competition for putting Microsoft under pressure to excel. But excel it has!
I hope it will continue to do so!
I've been using Visual Studio for 25 years (it was Visual C++ 6.0 back then) and have never looked back. MS' tooling is the primary reason I stuck with them (and since moved to C# in 2003). So much so, that I use Xamarin/C# to build native Android apps, instead of Eclipse or Android Studio and Java.
I applaud your willingness to take another look at a product that you believed to be inferior. I, too, detest Microsoft - they were the first to sell defective products and charge for fixes, the first to eliminate product manuals, and the first to abandon any semblance of customer support. Since then, many other producers and programmers have adopted their user-hostile business model to everyone's loss. But the Visual Studio IDE has been from the beginning, and remains, one of the best tools available for the job. Since they introduced the Community Edition, and stopped charging an obscene price for the most rudimentary version, there has been no equivalent product for small developers, and I honor them for that.
Thanks for giving them a second look; I don't think you'll be disappointed. I don't do much programming anymore, but when I do, VS is the first IDE I open.
Congrats for being open minded … I use C#/VS for about 18 years now in various projects/teams, underway had an opportunity at least 2x times to work with Java/Eclipse/Tomcat stack, and so far my preference goes to C#/VS environment. I guess it depends a lot on the project what to choose. Anyway being open minded and curious helps to make informed choices (if they are possible of course),
Visual Studio is an amazing tool, as you are realizing. But if you still want to bitch at MS, feel free to bash the ribbon to high heck! Working with Word, and continually finding the icons disappearing and not where you expect them is frustrating, to say the least. (Just because you don't have the window wide enough.)
And for extra emphasis:
I could go repeat the emojis many more times, but you've probably gotten the idea. The old menu system was far superior.
I think you eventually realize that there are great Microsoft projects and bad ones. VS is a great one, although it varies (the help system used to be great, now it sucks). A good example of a bad one is Orca, the msi decompiler, which I eventually found out was written by a Microsoft intern. (To be fair, the mess that is the msi internals was probably a lot of the problem.) Orca helped in Wix installer development, but only after beating your head against the desk for a prolonged period.
Well, the great news is that the guys who've spent the last 13 years "improving" ms office are being transferred to the VS team.
So the kind of great "fixes" that have made ms office the pile of cr@p that what it is today will also be implemented in VS, to **ck up everyone's productivity make sure that coders, too, can profit from the way of the future.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
As I'm in Australia Christmas Day is in full swing. Up at 6:00 and lunch for 13 will be at our place today by the beach. The forecast is 32C which should please most. I have a 4kg fish and roast potates and pumpkin to cook and that combined with what others bring should make for a pretty good feed. Yes we do live in a lucky country, if only others could enjoy the same.
Please enjoy your Christmas.
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
Prawn cocktails, with homemade bread.
Sous Vide turkey, with roast, Hasselback, and Dauphinoise potatoes; chestnut stuffing; roast sprouts with bacon and chestnuts; cauliflower and roasted onion purees; pigs in blankets.
Christmas pudding with cream.
Home made chocolates to follow ...
And the spreadsheet is up and running for when I need to do what...
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