|Visual Studio Online Updated|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Tuesday, 03 March 2020|
Microsoft has announced an upgrade to Visual Studio Online, its browser-based code editor that can also be accessed using either Visual Studio Code or the Visual Studio IDE, though that is currently only available in private preview. The update improves environment configuration with custom Dockerfile support.
Visual Studio Online was announced at Microsoft Build back in November, when Microsoft said that given Visual Studio Online is based on Visual Studio Code, it would gain the advantage of working with all the extensions that have been developed for Code.
The new version has support for more projects out of the box as the default environment configuration has been expanded to include PowerShell, Azure CLI, native debugging for Go and C++, updated .NET Core SDKs, and improved Python support.
Another improvement to the updated version is the option to alter environment settings after you've created a project. The developers give the example of starting out with a standard instance for editing code and when you’re ready to build or run, switching your environment to a premium instance for more power, then switching back to standard to minimize your costs.
Another fairly minor improvement adds the option to delete plans you no longer need either from within the browser or from Visual Studio Code, rather than having to go through the Azure portal as was the case with the previous version.
The final improvement is the ability for Visual Studio Code Insiders to try out the latest additions to Visual Studio Code in the browser or on a local machine. Visual Studio Code Insiders is Microsoft's scheme where developers can sign up to get the latest release of VS Code each day with the Insiders Build.