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Package Management for Python Tools for Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 02, 2015

Package Management for Python Tools for Visual Studio Microsoft is continuing its efforts to support Python in Visual Studio. Still in beta, Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.2 (PTVS) brings more of the standard features found in other VS supported languages such as C# and VB including code snippets, an auto watch window, and package management.

WebStorm 10 Compiles TypeScript 1.4 to JavaScript on the Fly

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2015

JetBrains WebStorm 10 compiles TypeScript 1.4 code to JavaScript while editing. It has added support for unions, modules, decorators, plus let and const keywords. It comes with an application dependency diagram, source maps and a CPU plus memory profiler for V8.

Windows 10 SDK Brings Universal Apps to Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 26, 2015

The Windows 10 SDK, dubbed the Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview, has been released allowing developers to experiment firsthand with writing apps for Windows 10 that take advantage of the Universal App platform. When enabled developers can produce an app that runs unmodified across all Windows 10 enabled devices: including PC, phone, and XBOX.

The Demise of Open Source Hosting Providers Codehaus and Google Code

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 22, 2015 1

Open Source project hosting sites like SourceForge, Codehaus and Google Code inspired developers to share their code for projects not associated with a foundation like Apache or Eclipse. Over the past few years, these hosting sites have been superseded by GitHub, to the extent that they are closing down over the next year. InfoQ looks back at their contributions and into the future.

MSBuild Joins GitHub, Paving Way for Non-Windows Build Systems

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 20, 2015 1

MSBuild, the command-line tool used to build Visual Studio solutions and projects has been released to GitHub under an open source license. This paves the way for non-Windows systems to build .NET-based applications without requiring Visual Studio to be installed.

Using PVS to Find Bugs in .NET Core

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 19, 2015

The makers behind PVS Studio, a C++ static analyzer, have released their study of the CoreCLR source code. Though meant primarily to demonstrate the capabilities of their tools, it does reveal how difficult it is to write bug free C++ code.

On the Relationship between Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 16, 2015

The March 10th update to Visual Studio Online illustrates some of the important relationships between it and Team Foundation Server. These two products share most of the same code and feature set, but their release cycles couldn’t be more different.

Android Lollipop for Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2015 1

The preview of Visual Studio 2015 has been updated to include an emulator for Android Lollipop, also known as Android 5.0. Along with the new SDK, Visual Studio also gained “OpenGL ES support, multi-touch input, and advanced camera simulation”.

On the Future of TFS Version Control

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2015 1

With all the news about git in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server, it isn’t hard to see why many developers think that TFVC, the centralized version control inside TFS is a dead product. Brain Harry, the Product Manager for TFS, recently addressed these concerns.

True Windows File System Access with AlphaFS 2.0

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2015

A major limitation of the .NET framework is its inability to truly work with the Windows file system. Even seemingly basic operations such as working file paths longer than 260 characters long is beyond the capabilities of System.IO. This is where AlphaFS comes into play.

AutoMapper and Working with Cross-Platform Assemblies

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 11, 2015

With the creation of CoreCLR and the increasing popularity of Xamarin, it is becoming more and more important that .NET libraries are offered in a cross-platform fashion. Sometimes one can get away with using the PCL format, but more often than, cross-platform really means multiple platform builds. Jimmy Bogard of AutoMapper fame ran into just this problem with AutoMapper.

Pooled Memory Streams for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 09, 2015

Like most languages that rely on a mark-and-sweep garbage collector, C# can run into performance problems when allocating memory too often or when making large allocations. Ben Watson, a Senior SDE at Microsoft working on Bing, ran into just that problem with the MemoryStream class.

Creating Mobile Native Apps in JavaScript with NativeScript

by Abel Avram on  Mar 06, 2015 1

Telerik has opened for public access NativeScript, a framework for creating native cross-platform applications for Android, iOS and Windows Universal.

Angular 2.0 Concerns Addressed at ng-conf 2015

by David Iffland on  Mar 05, 2015 3

Addressing a crowd of developers eager to know what will happen with Angular 2.0, core team members took the stage at ng-conf to allay some fears. From migration paths, language development, and release dates, much was covered to allay the community's fears.

ASP.NET5 Advances in VS2015 CTP6

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 03, 2015

The sixth CTP for VS2015 includes the latest changes to ASP.NET 5. It includes better support for JavaScript tooling and some changes to the K Package Manager.

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