Recently, an amazing Visual Studio Code extension Microsoft Teams Toolkit has been released for developers who are willing to build apps for Microsoft Teams. It is easier and faster to build bots, tabs or messaging extensions with Microsoft Teams Toolkit that provides developers to create, debug and deploy Teams apps directly from Visual Studio Code.
Microsoft Teams Toolkit Extension
If you are interested in building apps for Microsoft Teams, simply you can go to Visual Studio Code Extensions tab, and install Microsoft Teams Toolkit extension.
After a successful installation of Microsoft Teams Toolkit extension, Microsoft Teams icon will appear in the activity bar.
When you click on Microsoft Teams icon in the activity bar, you can direct to Open Microsoft Teams Toolkit for getting a guidance and documentation about setting up your environment, building an app or publishing your app to Microsoft Teams. Each step redirects to the related official documentation.
To create a new Teams app, click on Create a new Teams app, give a name to your project and choose the capability you wish to create.
Microsoft Teams Toolkit provides Tabs, Bots and Messaging Extensions as types of Teams apps.
After creating any type of Teams app, our project is ready for development, debugging and publishing. ( .publish folder will be generated automatically under the project folder and manifest.json will be available for testing on Microsoft Teams App Studio. )
In addition to creating Teams apps from scratch, we can also import a current app package and edit app package from Visual Studio Code.
Microsoft Teams Toolkit is a very practical extension that helps us avoiding multiple manual steps while building applications for Microsoft Teams. Next, we will be exploring how to build Teams apps and run it on Microsoft Teams.
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