Just a few weeks after releasing Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, Microsoft has released the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP 1 . Update 3 appears to be a fairly minor upgrade. with no significant new features. That doesn’t mean it has nothing of interest for developers, however. Improvements have been made in a number of areas, including:
- IntelliTrace, which is now more tightly integrated with Application Insights.
- Profiler, with an expanded Performance and Diagnostics hub.
- Testing tools, which now allows custom fields and custom work flows for test plans and test suites.
- The Visual Studio IDE, with numerous enhancements to CodeLens, Code Map, Debugger Map and binary functionality.
- The Debugger has one interesting upgrade: debugging is now supported for x86 applications built in .NET Native. .NET Native, released as a developer preview in April, is a compiler that strikes a compromise between the performance of C++ native code and the efficiency of C# managed code. The first release of .NET Native only supported x64 architecture.