VS Code Power Platform Tools Now Generally Available – Visual Studio Magazine


VS Code Power Platform tools are now generally available

Microsoft has announced the general availability of its Visual Studio Code extension for working with Power Platform, a range of business intelligence, app development, and app connectivity apps.

Specifically, the Power Platform Tools extension in the VS Code Marketplace helps developers build Power Platform solutions and packages, manage Power Platform environments, and modify Power Apps portals.

Power Apps is the low-code development component of Microsoft’s larger Power platform, which also includes offerings for business intelligence and other features.

Power Apps provides a suite of apps, services, and connectors—along with a data platform—that act as a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to data and run on web and mobile, avoiding the time and expense of custom software development. It’s part of the growing low-code/no-code and rapid app development movement that has exploded in the face of growing demand for enterprise apps amid a shortage of experienced professional coding talent who can leverage the greater power of more advanced tools like Visual Studio. and VS-code. The “democratization” movement of application development uses a variety of DIY techniques, including wizards, templates, drag-and-drop functionality, and model-based development.

After a preview stage, the VS Code extension received a few changes, including new UI features, such as a new icon to let developers know the extension is installed, whereas previously they had to use a terminal command to verify such an installation.

Speaking of terminal commands, the development team also announced the regular monthly refresh of the Power Platform CLI.

Using the Power Platform CLI in VS Code Terminal
[Click on image for larger view.] Using the Power Platform CLI in VS Code Terminal (source: Microsoft).

Another new feature – previewed – is the ability to install apps from AppSource, an online store with thousands of professional apps and services from various software vendors. “This command allows you to install applications available from AppSource that are often needed as a prerequisite when preparing new development environments,” said Kartik Kanakasabesan, senior program manager, in a blog post for the March 21st. “For this preview, we’ve implemented a basic capability to install such apps via the command line.”

Microsoft has also improved functionality around updating the version of solutions already imported into Dataverse, which is used to store and manage data used by line-of-business applications. “In case you didn’t follow a versioning paradigm correctly from the start, now you have the ability to set the correct version,” Kanakasabesan said.

The VS Code extension was installed approximately 22,000 times during the preview phase.

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