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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.

VS Anywhere Updated with Web Workspace, Moderated Sessions, Cooperative Merge and Bug Fixes

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 21, 2014

The recently released updated VS Anywhere, a real time collaboration tool for Visual Studio includes web workspace, moderated sessions, cooperative merge in addition to several bug fixes.

Visual Commander Professional v1.3 Introduces 99 Commands, 50 Extensions and C# Syntax Highlighting

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 02, 2013

The recently released Visual Commander Professional v1.3 includes 99 commands, 50 extensions including syntax highlighting for C#. It also provides an ability to select default language for new commands and extensions by selecting the macro language in addition to several improvements.

Sync Block Edit Simplifies Code Editing

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 30, 2012

Sync Block Edit is a Visual Studio extension which simplifies code editing in multiple files.

Round-Tripping: Using Visual Studio 2010 and 2012 on the Same Project

by Jenni Konrad on  Jun 09, 2012 1

Visual Studio 2012 RC introduced a feature called "project round-tripping", which can make it possible for teams to work on a project in either Visual Studio 2010 or 2012. Microsoft states that most projects will work with round-tripping, though others like Visual Studio Installer, Windows Phone, and Windows Mobile are not yet supported.

.NET Demon Provides Continuous Compilation and Testing for Visual Studio

by Jenni Konrad on  Jan 20, 2012 4

Red Gate's .NET Demon is a new Visual Studio tool that continuously tests, compiles, and auto-saves code in the background.

ReSharper 6.1 Improves Performance, Adds Async Support

by Jenni Konrad on  Dec 16, 2011 1

ReSharper 6.1 promises to alleviate many performance problems with ReSharper 6 in Visual Studio 2010. In addition to bugfixes, the pre-release includes new features such as the async/await keywords, an updated settings engine, and experimental support for Visual Studio 11.

MSDeploy: Automatic Website Deployment and Sync

by Jenni Konrad on  Dec 08, 2011 2

MSDeploy is a utility for migrating and synchronizing websites between servers. It can create a package to deploy web content, databases, and IIS configuration, and can also be used to keep web server farms synchronized.

PowerGUI brings PowerShell scripting support to Visual Studio

by David Cooksey on  Nov 28, 2011

PowerGUI brings PowerShell scripting support to Visual Studio. This extension by Quest Software leverages the PowerGUI standalone tool to provide syntax highlighting, IntelliSense, debugging and more for PowerShell scripts inside Visual Studio.

New DAX Editor Simplifies PowerPivot Formula Creation

by Jenni Konrad on  Nov 23, 2011 3

Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) is a language used to construct formulas in PowerPivot tables and Excel PivotTables. Until this point there hasn't been an editor for DAX that supports syntax highlighting, IntelliSense, and other basic Visual Studio Features.

Microsoft Upgrades Developer Tools and SaaS Capabilities for Dynamics CRM

by Richard Seroter on  Nov 21, 2011 4

Microsoft has released new tools to accelerate development of custom components in Dynamics CRM 2011 solutions. At the same time, they published an update to Dynamics CRM Online that includes better integration with Office 365 and the introduction of social capabilities.

Windows Azure SDK 1.6 Streamlines Azure Development in Visual Studio

by Jenni Konrad on  Nov 16, 2011 3

Publishing improvements, Team Build capability and streamlined service creation allow developers to centrally manage all aspects of application creation and deployment.

A Wide Array of New Features in Windows Azure Tools 1.4

by Jenni Konrad on  Aug 11, 2011

Microsoft has released Windows Azure Tools 1.4, an update to the Visual Studio extension that allows developers to create applications for Windows Azure. The new features include performance profiling, MVC 3 support, package validation, and support for multiple service configurations.

Web Workbench Introduces Sass, LESS, and CoffeeScript to Visual Studio 2010

by Jenni Konrad on  Jul 21, 2011

Mindscape recently announced Web Workbench, a free extension that adds Sass, LESS, and CoffeeScript functionality to Visual Studio 2010. Sass and LESS are languages meant to simplify CSS3 development, and CoffeeScript increases JavaScript’s readability and conciseness.

Solution Wide Dependency Management for .NET

by Vinayak Palankar on  Jul 07, 2011

NuGet will now be available in version 1.4 which improves over version 1.3 with features such as ability to manage packages at the solution level, improvement in Update–Package command, support in constraining the range of versions while updating packages and more. Along with the new features there are total of 88 work item fixes, 71 out of those being bug fixes.

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