|Visual Studio Tools Updates|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Thursday, 24 September 2015|
Microsoft has updated several developer tools, including TypeScript, Tools for Universal Windows apps, and Tools for Apache Cordova.
TypeScript 1.6 for Visual Studio is now available for Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2013, as well as via npm and as source on GitHub.
The new version has new features including support for JSX/React syntax, so if you’re using React you can mix TypeScript code and JSX HTML-like syntax using the new .tsx file extension. In addition to compiler support, you can use the new mixed syntax in Sublime Text, Visual Studio Code, or Visual Studio.
Another improvement is support for abstract classes. This means you can create uninstantiable classes with default function implementations. Class expressions let you declare a class just like any other expression, inline in your code. User defined type guards can be used to create type guard functions using any type or interface. Intersection types and generic type aliases have also been added. Microsoft has also added better error checking on object literals and improved the module resolution for CommonJS users.
Tools for Apache Cordova is the third area to be updated, with what, Senior Content Developer for Visual Studio Kraig Brockschmidt describes as:
“dozens of bug fixes along with performance and reliability improvements”.
If you’re using Visual Studio Enterprise, you also get a new ADAL plugin that provides straight-forward authentication for your Apache Cordova apps using Windows Server Active Directory and Windows Azure Active Directory.
One interesting addition is a new command line toolset, Tools for Apache Cordova CLI (a.k.a. “TACO”).
TACO is a command line utility that you can use when creating hybrid apps for Android, iOS, and Windows using Apache Cordova. It does things like install any components you need for the various platforms you’re targeting, and creating working snapshots of everything you need for a particular Cordova version -platforms, build tools, and plug-ins.
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|Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 September 2015 )|