Microsoft has announced the release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 (2013.2) Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2 and Team Foundation Server 2013 Release Candidate (RC).
Visual Studio 2013.2 CTP 2 builds on the newly added capabilities from CTP 1 while also providing functionality to make development teams even more productive, Microsoft said. Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2 RC not only builds on the newly added capabilities but also includes a go-live license for developers to start adopting the new features in their environments. The Visual Studio release is cumulative and contains everything already released in Update 2 CTP 1.
One of the highlights of Visual Studio 2013.2 CTP 2 is that it introduces TypeScript 1.0 RC. This is the first 1.0 release of the TypeScript language and tooling, bringing it closer towards the final release as part of Update 2. Starting with this release, TypeScript is now in-the-box with Visual Studio 2013. And TypeScript 1.0 RC also is being made available for Visual Studio 2012 customers as a standalone installer. More information about the new releases is available in blog posts here and here.
Moreover, what has powered the whole revolution in integrated development environments (IDEs) over the last 10 years or so has been those large-scale structuring concepts. In particular, it has been static typing that is the deep enabler of things like IntelliSense and statement completion, refactorings, 'go to definition,' and 'find all references,' Hejlsberg said.