Microsoft has launched the beta of an interesting product for developers using their Visual Studio suite.
Visual Studio Achievements Beta is now available as a free download. The idea behind this program is to make programming fun.
Developers can now get badges and achievements while doing the rather boring work of coding at work.
With the Visual Studio Achievements Extension, achievements are unlocked based on your activity. Your code is analyzed 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.
These achievements are recorded on the user’s account on Channel 9 network. Users also get the ability to share their badges and achievements on their social network profiles.