Visual Studio 2019 for Mac 8.2 Ships with .NET Core 3.0 Support

Microsoft shipped Visual Studio for Mac 8.2, with support for C# 8.0 and .NET Core 3.0, the latter of which was just declared ready for production coding. Also released was Preview 1 of VS for Mac 8.3.

The company yesterday released .NET Core 3.0 Preview 7, ready for production use, and announced the .NET Core dev team was transitioning from adding new features to focus on polishing existing features and improving reliability and stability.

Meanwhile, the VS for Mac dev team "has been hard at work to add support for .NET Core 3.0 Preview and C# 8 into Visual Studio for Mac," said Sayed Hashimi, senior program manager, Visual Studio for Mac, in a blog post. "With this release you'll find that we officially support .NET Core 3.0 Preview and C# 8."

However, to put the production-ready .NET Core 3.0 preview code through its paces, Mac-based developers will need to manually download a preview of the .NET Core 3.0 SDK, which isn't yet bundled with the IDE, though it will be in the future.

Visual Studio 2019 for Mac 8.2 also continues the dev team's focus on improving the new C# editor introduced in v8.1 in response to many developer complaints, which prompted the dev team to switch gears and borrow from Visual Studio for Windows internals in an editor revamp.

"In version 8.1 of Visual Studio 2019 for Mac, we introduced the new C# editor and we continue to add features to further improve the code editing experience in Visual Studio for Mac," Hashimi said. "With the latest release, we are introducing IntelliSense Type Filtering as well as the ability to include import items in your IntelliSense completion list."

Other improvements were also made to the C# editor, along with the XAML and AXML (for Android coding) editors.

In the new Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.3 Preview 1, meanwhile, the dev team focused on .NET Core improvements, including adding publish support for .NET Core Console and .NET Standard Library Projects. It also added support for launchSettings.json and file nesting support in ASP.NET Core development.

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