Visual Studio now supports Solidity, the high-level contract oriented programming language used to develop programs for Ethereum Virtual machine. This move is a result of collaboration between Microsoft and ConsenSys. The inclusion of Solidity was presented at Build 2016, a Microsoft event currently underway at The Moscone Center, San Francisco.
Microsoft Build 2016 is an event where developers get together to update themselves about the latest products and platforms from Microsoft. The main purpose of Build 2016 is to support developers to create cloud-based and mobile first applications and software for enterprise level customers.
Some of the notable names at this year’s Microsoft Build 2016 event include Vitalik Buterin and Joseph Lubin. Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum believes that with the inclusion of Solidity into Visual Studio environment, the platform stands to gain a lot of new developers who are already part of the Visual Studio community. This will help in the growth of the smart contracts platform as they start developing new blockchain applications for Ethereum platform.
ConsenSys has been involved in the development of decentralized applications, blockchain enterprise solutions, and other developer tools for the blockchain ecosystem. Joseph Lubin is one of the founders of ConsenSys and he is also the co-founder of Ethereum.
The widespread research on the use of Ethereum based blockchain solutions for different industrial sectors is well known. Companies like R3CEV and Digital Asset Holdings Inc. are well-known for implementing Ethereum in their respective projects for the banking consortium and the Australian Securities Exchange.