Thanks Jay, I totally get where you are coming from and to an extent I can agree with your conclusion, these entry level devices do need entry level development environments for the tinkers among us.
My input would be that Chromebooks are first and foremost Linux machines rather than MS light devices. So my query is why Visual Studio rather than something like IntelliJ which already has the potential to play nicely within a constricted operating environment? I am, of course, making a huge assumption that Visual Studio has way too much baggage to be purposeful for a Chromebook and would therefore necessitate libraries that serve no purpose other than to run VS? The memory limitation on these devices is also a major factor, for reference Android Studio which is a variant of IntelliJ gobbles up memory without remorse. Please keep posting progress, as I would love to know how this turns out.