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April 21st, 2017, 19:07
This is something some of you might like to know. I think.

MS Visual Studio Community Edition is a full-fledged, single developer (no Team Foundation or enterprise support), free to use version of Visual Studio. The 2017 edition comes with a personal Unity 5.4 license.

I haven't tried it yet. For all I know there are better 3d tools out there. But this one is available without cost and at least to some degree integrated with VS. I haven't checked conditions for use, so there may be clauses limiting how to use it.

So now you know, use it or not. FYI: I'm not prepared to enter a discussion about the quality of VS/Unity, I'm only here for the beer (but it's no secret that I like VS and use it professionally).

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April 22nd, 2017, 12:42
Does VS support linux like unity
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April 22nd, 2017, 13:30
Developing C++ programs for Linux is supported. I haven't tried that, so I can't say how well it does the job, and how to do it. Don't know about unity.

There is some information about VS.C++ and Linux here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vcb…x-development/

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April 22nd, 2017, 16:46
If I understood that correctly, Visual Studio remains to be a Windows application that you run on a Windows machine and that you can connect to a Linux machine to do remote builds and debugging on that Linux machine. Sounds a bit like a hassle and I don't really see the benefit. Why not use a Linux IDE to do your development on Linux instead.

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April 22nd, 2017, 17:07
It also has Xamarin built in. I haven't checked yet if its the full Xamarin. The free version before MS bought them out would only let you do very small apps.

Having Unity built in should make C# development smoother, although Unity is really its own thing and there's more buzz these days with Javascript.

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April 22nd, 2017, 18:27
Originally Posted by Myrthos View Post
If I understood that correctly, Visual Studio remains to be a Windows application that you run on a Windows machine and that you can connect to a Linux machine to do remote builds and debugging on that Linux machine. Sounds a bit like a hassle and I don't really see the benefit. Why not use a Linux IDE to do your development on Linux instead.

The last Visual Studio I intensively used was 2013.
AFAIK, you're right. Personally I would use a Linux environment for Linux. However, I assume that VS for Linux might be useful for cross-platform development(?).

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