Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 is the most exciting version of Visual Studio. You can download the RC from https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/visual-studio-2017-rc/
Visual Studio 2017 has a lot of cool features, tool support and best developer experience right from Installation to code to debug to test to deploy (even it’s better if it’s to Azure).
To know minimum requirements for successful installation of Visual Studio 2017 product family, please visit this URL
Run the downloaded .exe and you will see a very unique launch screen as shown below.
Visual Studio 2017 offers a brand new way of choosing the tool set’s. You can choose one of the following:
- workloads I.e. what exactly you do or want to do.
- Individual Components I.e. hand pick all components individually. I feel it could be messy unless you want to cherry pick.
- Language Packs I.e. select language of your choice.
Workloads is the easiest and most effective way of installing all components and dependencies of your chosen field of development. For example, web, desktop, cloud, node, data science etc.
This is so much loaded that you can select up to 8 “Web & Cloud” workloads. As shown in the image below.
This is a tricky one and can cause issues if someone really starts to pick and choose options from here. However, this will be perfect choice when you just want to install “.NET Core Runtime” or so.
This enables you to pick language of your choice. Based on your operating System, it will automatically default to a language; as shown in the image below.
Once selection is made; preferably from Workloads tab; you will see that Summary section is populated with all the components which will be installed. If you want you can expand the each listed item under summary and see all the components installed under each item to a very granular level.
Now, Let’s Begin the Installation
I personally feel that this is one of the fastest Visual Studio setup since 1st version I had my hands on back in 1996.
Visual Studio 2017 RC setup requires you to Restart your PC. You may not want to do that; but I recommend to “Restart” it.
Welcome Visual Studio 2017
Notice the Recently added section and see all the Visual Studio 2017 components.
Check the Installed .NET Frameworks
Below image shows that all the .NET Frameworks are successfully installed. Which includes .NET Framework until 4.6.x and .NET 1.0 Preview 3. You can run commands as shown below to check those in any machine.
“dotnet –version” is a very handy command to be executed from Developer Command Prompt to identify if you have .NET Core or not.
Visual Studio Installer
In the installed items, there is an item listed at the very end “Visual Studio Installer” this is to Modify, Repair, Uninstall etc.
Let’s Fire-up Visual Studio 2017
Here comes the Most Awaited IDE