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Visual Studio Achievements


I recently discovered this Extension for Visual Studio. It is called the “Visual Studio Achievements”. Microsoft’s Channel 9 launched the beta on the 18th. I have already downloaded it and it bought a smile on my face every time an achievement was unlocked.

With the Visual Studio Achievements Extension, achievements are unlocked based on your activity. Your code is analysed on a background thread each time you compile.  In addition, the extension listens for certain events and actions that you may perform in Visual Studio, reporting progress on these events to the server.

When an achievement is unlocked, Visual Studio lets you know visually with a pop-up.

The only thing which I didn’t like is the way it is being promoted

  • Impress your friends!
  • Earn achievements while you code!
  • Code while you earn achievements!
  • Whoa! What has coding to do with impressing your friends???
  • This extension is not for programmers who deliberately try to unlock the achievements to impress their friends. I would recommend the Facebook “Farm-Ville” crap for that.

The thing that really caught my attention was this line and which I really liked.

“But rarely is a developer appreciated for all the nuances and subtleties of a piece of code–and all the heroics it took to write it. With Visual Studio Achievements Beta, your talents are recognized as you perform various coding feats, unlock achievements and earn badges.”

If I were to rank it on a scale of 0 – 10, I would definitely give it a 10 even though it is on a Beta version.

So go ahead and give it a try and I am sure you will love it!

  1. Stephen

    Wow, definitely an interesting extension. I would not have pictured Microsoft being associated with something like this. It seems relatively fun and cool. Who would have thought it?