The Microsoft company has released another software product - a new, free Visual Studio version whose only limitation is a prohibition of corporate software development.
So how does this affect our product - PVS-Studio?
Visual Studio Community 2013 is a new, free edition allowing developers to create solutions for multiple platforms and scripts, including web, clouds, desktop computers, and mobile devices.
There are two basic differences between Visual Studio Community Edition and Express Editions:
Obviously, what is important for PVS-Studio is that the new version allows installing plugins and extensions. Being a full-fledged product with almost the same features as offered by the commercial Visual Studio 2013 Professional version, the free Visual Studio edition appears to be an attractive IDE for development of large applications where static analysis becomes of high importance for controlling the code quality.
I guess this step is aimed to extend the community of Microsoft-platform software developers by providing a full-fledged IDE to startups, small companies, single developers, open-source developers communities, and students.
To test how smoothly PVS-Studio integrates into the new version and how well plugins for Visual Studio 2013 work in Visual Studio Community 2013, we analyzed a few projects.