Introduction:With Visual Studio Online getting some traction, it is something that is not stable but at-least it is a pathway to something great in the history of computing.
Pre-requisites:Microsoft Office/Live Account
Microsoft Azure Subscription
Demonstration:1. Signing Up with VS Online:
Goto https://online.visualstudio.com, you will see an introduction page.
|Visual Studio Sign-in Page|
|Visual Studio Online Home Page|
2. Creating Plans:
From the VS Online homepage, you are need to create a plan first. For this you will need an Active Azure Subscription. Your VS Online is then hosted as per your Azure Subscription and the location where you want to host.
|VS Online - Creating Plan|
After you select your subscription, you can view it in your VS Online Plans.
With the help of your VS Online Plan, you are allowed to create an environment with Standard (4 Cores 8GB RAM) or Premium(8 Cores 16GB RAM).
|Creating VS Online Environment|
4. List of VS Online Environments and their process:
i. Connect: Opens VS Online in the browser
|VS Online - List of environments and options|
|Azure Resource Group- VS Online.|
|VS Online - In the browser|
ii. Suspend: This turns off the VM hosting VS Online. After this you cannot access VS Online until you turn the instance ON. This means that you have option to save your Azure credits by turning this instance OFF.
iii. Delete: This action, deleted the VS Online Environment itself. After deletion of the VS Online environment, you cannot get it back. You will need to create a new environment. Also, check if the Resource Group in Azure gets deallocated or deleted.
iv. Open in VS Code: This action actually links your VS Code (Local) with your VS Online just like you are using a VM with VS Code installed on it.
|VS Code Connecting to VS Online|
|Connecting VS Code to VS Online Environment|
|VS Code Connected with VS Online Environment|
5.Installing VSIX Extensions:
After the VS Online is successfully setup, it is time to start working on it. Nothing comes first in mind except the great AL Language Extension. Lets try and install the AL Language Extension
|Installing AL Language Extension|
|AL : Go! does not work|
6. Exploring Work-space and Folder Structure:
There is a terminal present by default where you can input Linux Bash commands and get to the desired folder.
Going back to the parent folders, I discovered that VS Online is hosted on Linux Kernel.
|VS Online on Linux Kernel|
Although there are some perks with the IntelliSense and issues which are expected in Public Preview, overall this Visual Studio Online seems pretty promising.
I also understand that I couldn't demonstrate the creation of AL Project and actually use it but I think I am missing some information which will help us create a AL Project in VS Online sooner.
Hope this helps! 👼👼