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Build 2014 Retrospective

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 16, 2014

In this opinion piece, a look is taken at Microsoft's recent Build conference and how the company may be signaling its desire for an increased focus on attracting developers.

Modern C++ and Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 05, 2014 1

Modern C++ support continues to be an area of focus for Microsoft. This week at Build Herb Sutter gave a talk which provided an update on their current efforts, the level of CPP support being added in the next Visual Studio preview, and what is in store for the future.

Create Your Own Scaffold in Visual Studio 2013.2

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 05, 2014

An important part of ASP.NET MVC is the set of code generators called scaffolds. Inspired by Ruby on Rails, these code generators can be used to quickly create controllers and views based on a model class. New in VS 2013 Update 2 is the ability to create your own scaffolds that plug into the overall framework.

AlchemyAPI and The State of Deep Learning

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 04, 2014 1

AlchemyAPI recently announced a taxonomy and a sentiment analysis API based on deep learning that can help transform digital content into ad inventory. IBM, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and others are working in the deep learning space. We take the high level view of what deep learning is all about and what are the key advances throughout the past months in the field.

Node.js Tools for Visual Studio Beta 1

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 04, 2014

Microsoft has just released a beta of Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, also known as NTVS. Notable for this release is support for the free version of Visual Studio, known formally as Visual Studio Express for Web, and TypeScript.

TypeScript 1.0 Released

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 03, 2014

Microsoft's TypeScript language has now reached official 1.0 status and is available for use on several platfroms, including VS2012/VS2013, Eclipse, and in source form.

Highlights from Microsoft's Build 2014 Opening Keynote

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 02, 2014

The opening keynote for Build 2014 kicked off with several big announcements. Today marked the formal announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 and the soon to be released Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft Opens Windows to the Universal App: One App for All Platforms

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 02, 2014

Microsoft has formally introduced Windows universal apps, allowing developers to write a single app that will run on all Windows-based devices: phones, tablets, and PCs. This move unifies the platform in a significant way.

Bringing Visual Studio's CodeLens Into Focus

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 20, 2014

CodeLens has been a popular feature of VS2013. The forthcoming Update 2 is bring an enhancement to CodeLens called Incoming Changes, designed to make working with multiple code branches on TFS easier.

Data Warehousing in SQL Server 2014 RTM

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 18, 2014

SQL Server has been released to manufacturing with general availability set for April 1st. Through this week we’ll be covering various aspects of the new release starting with data warehousing.

TypeScript Becomes Full Member of Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 04, 2014

TypeScript becomes a mainline language with the release of VS2013 Update 2 CTP. As TypeScript nears official 1.0 status, several key changes have been made to the language.

IDE Integrated Search Engines

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 25, 2014

New tools are bringing the web directly into a programmer's IDE. As search engines continue to compete for customers, new programming-specific search functionality has been produced for Visual Studio users.

OpenAccess ORM Renamed As Telerik Data Access with Improved UI and Colored Visual Designer

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 18, 2014

Telerik recently renamed OpenAccess ORM as Telerik Data Access with Improved User Interface and colored visual designer in addition to Telerik.DataAccess.Core NuGet, Telerik.DataAccess.Fluent and Telerik.DataAccess.Fluent.Sample NuGet packages.

More on Indexes in In-Memory OLTP

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 03, 2014

Indexes in SQL Server’s In-Memory OLTP don’t work exactly like normal indexes. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the differences need to be kept in mind to avoid performance problems.

Android++ with Zero Hardware Restrictions, MSBuild, LLVM, GCC, Integrated GDB Debugging

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 30, 2014

The recently released Android++ in closed beta enables you to build Android apps using Visual Studio with support for zero hardware restrictions, MSBuild, LLVM, GCC in addition to integrated GDB debugging.

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