A while ago I saw a role at Microsoft advertised, for what I considered to be quite a niche piece of the Visual Studio product. They were engineering leads for the Visual Studio Editor, and managing Identity (think Github logins). This had me wondering, is there anyone who’s job is higher level and constantly asking:
“What do web developers want from Visual Studio?”
It turns out that no - there wasn’t, but finally a year later this role has been created! …and since I promised a year ago that I’d give my feedback for what I wanted to see from this role, here are a few ideas and topics of focus for the lucky person selected to tackle this job! Better late than never 😊
PS, if you’re interested the role is still up for grabs at the time of writing.
🚨 Opening on my team in Visual Studio for .NET web developers.— Tim (@timheuer) February 15, 2022
I'm looking for a product manager who is passionate about web development and help improving the experience for the .NET developer who is using Visual Studio for front-end and backend development. 1/n
Better application launch handling
The app I work on all day has about 8 runnable things (Web apps or console apps mostly). Most of the time I want to be running 4 of those things, sometimes I would like to debug one or two of those things, and all of the time I would like to be able to build!
I’ve been used to using IIS Express to keep the web apps going, but since .net 5 or 6 (don’t know when) it appears console windows launch for just about everything. I’m not a CLI/Console fan so I may be biased, but I would love a panel that has all my runnable things, the running status and the ability to switch between running, stopped and debugging. No console windows, just a convenient heads up display and the ability to build without needing to stop and rerun projects.
[more to come]
I’m still writing this post as I go, but figured I’d publish it so what I already have is visible.