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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.

Debugger Canvas Brings Code Bubbles To Visual Studio

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 17, 2011 2

Developers can finally get their hands on the Debugger Canvas, a new Power Tool for Visual Studio that gives Code Bubbles like experience for navigating contextual code snippets. It displays the code of each of the methods you step into on a canvas with call lines between them, helping to keep track of the bigger picture as well as the details.

Visual Studio Gets Better Support for HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript

by Abel Avram on  Jun 16, 2011

Following Microsoft’s announcement that Windows 8’ UI will be based on HTML5 and JavaScript, it is no surprise that Visual Studio 2010 has got an update polishing its HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3 support: up-to-date W3C-based intellisense and validation for HTML5 and CSS3, plus Geolocation and DOM storage intellisense.

Update to .NET Framework 4

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 14, 2011

A General Distribution Release of .NET 4 was published on the 11th of June. This includes numerous fixes and features, many of which were previously published as individual hot fixes. There are also updates to the HTML 5 and portable library support. For your convenience we have sorted the fix list by technology. For the complete list, including file versions, see KB 2468871.

Visual Studio Database Development with SQL Server "Juneau"

by Jenni Konrad on  Jun 09, 2011 3

SQL Server Development Tools (SSDT), codenamed "Juneau", provide a new Visual Studio-based development environment for SQL Server. Some of its features are already available in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, but SSDT includes some key new additions such as the close integration of Database and Application Projects.

Spec Explorer 2010 Version 3.5 Adds Improved Change Detection, Batch Processing

by Jenni Konrad on  May 16, 2011

Spec Explorer 2010 version 3.5 is an extension for Visual Studio 2010 that allows users to generate reusable test code and create, analyze and reproduce graphical models of software behavior. In addition to several bug fixes and improved documentation, this release of Spec Explorer includes enhancements to model change detection, multiple machine processing and the Cord editor.

Unlimited Load Testing for MSDN Subscribers

by Jenni Konrad on  Apr 11, 2011

Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscribers will receive the new Visual Studio 2010 Load Test Feature Pack with Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1. Developers are now able to load-test applications with no limit on virtual users and no need to purchase extra user packs.

LightSwitch Beta 2 Adds Support for Windows Azure

by Abel Avram on  Mar 17, 2011

Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 allows publishing an application to Windows Azure, has improved runtime and design-time performance, better runtime UI, and allows any authenticated Windows user to run the application.

The Much Needed Service Pack for VS 2010 is Almost Ready

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 09, 2010

Visual Studio 2010’s first service pack is nearing completion. According to Brian Harry, the betas for .NET 4 SP1, VS 2010 SP1, and TFS 2010 SP1 together represent between 800 and 1,000 bug fixes. Also included is a new help system and improved support for Silverlight, x64, and .NET 3.5.

Developer Angst on Microsoft Visual C++ Futures

by James Vastbinder on  Dec 06, 2010 5

Yesterday a video was posted to the Visual C++ blog in an attempt to answer community concerns about its future. The post hit a raw nerve with the C++ community with no response from the Visual C++ team as yet.

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