TFS Power Tools is Now Available for Visual Studio Express

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 03, 2015

Starting with this release, TFS 2015 Power Tools will support all major editions of Visual Studio include the VS Express variants. Previously you need to have Visual Studio Pro or higher to use this set of extensions.

Shadow Properties in Entity Framework 7

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 17, 2015

Shadow properties are fields that don’t exist in the class itself, but are treated as if they did by Entity Framework. They can participate in queries, create/update operations, and database migrations.

CodeRush on Roslyn

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Aug 10, 2015

CodeRush for Roslyn (CRR) is a new product from DevExpress, distinct from its predecessor CodeRush Classic. Its main difference is the use of Microsoft’s compiler platform, Roslyn. CCR isn’t offering all the features of its predecessor yet; they are being added as new versions are released.

TFS2015 Released with New Build System and Greater Git Support

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 06, 2015 1

TFS2015 was originally intended to launch alongside VS2015 in July, but was held back for final polishing and bug fixes. The wait is over and TFS2015 RTM is now available. Among the many changes included are the new build system and greater Git support.

Taking Advantage of Edit and Continue with C++ and VS2015

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 04, 2015

The Edit and Continue debugging feature for C++ code has been available in Visual Studio before in various forms. In Visual Studio 2015 this support has been expanded to include both 32-bit and 64-bit code while maintaining the use of the other debugging tools Visual Studio offers.

F# 4.0 Released for All Platforms

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 03, 2015

F# 4.0 has been released for the big three major platforms (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux). F# 4.0 brings a host of new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements that benefit users of the language whether or not they are writing code in Visual Studio 2015.

Two More Major Bugs Revealed in .NET 4.6's RyuJIT Compiler

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 31, 2015

Two more significant bugs have been found when using RyuJIT and .NET 4.6. Code recompilation is not necessary to experience the effects, merely running existing code on RyuJIT (which ships in .NET 4.6 and is enabled by default) will cause severe problems.

TypeScript 1.5 Boosts ES6 Transpilation Features

by David Iffland on  Jul 28, 2015

Microsoft has released TypeScript 1.5, dramatically improving ES6 transpilation capabilities.

Critical Bug Revealed in .NET 4.6's RyuJIT Compiler

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 28, 2015

StackExchange developers Nick Craver and Marc Gravell have reported a critical bug that affects all users and developers who have installed .NET 4.6. Once .NET 4.6 is installed, the new RyuJIT compiler is set active by default which exposes users to a serious flaw during their program's execution.

ASP.NET 5 Support for Visual Studio Application Insights

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jul 23, 2015

Microsoft has released an SDK for its monitoring platform Visual Studio Application Insights that brings support for ASP.NET 5. Application Insights is divided into two main components; the Azure portal is where the data is displayed and the SDK provides the API to send telemetry events.

Visual Studio 2013 Update 5

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 23, 2015 2

Developers who are still using VS2013 will find that new update has been made available this week, coinciding with the launch of VS2015. While mostly containing bug fixes, expanded Team Project rename support is included in Update 5.

ASP.NET 5: Three More Betas Planned

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 22, 2015 1

The roadmap for ASP.NET 5 includes three more betas between now and November’s release candidate. And that’s after dropping Visual Basic, SingalR 3, and Web Pages 4 from the list.

Performance Improves in .NET 4.6

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 22, 2015 1

.NET 4.6 comes with several CLR features to improve performance. Some are automatically enabled, others such as SIMD and Async Local Storage require changes to how you write your applications.

Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6 RTM Available

by Jeff Martin on  Jul 21, 2015 1

The long awaited official releases of .NET 4.6 and Visual Studio 2015 are now available. Exhibiting Microsoft's renewed focus on producing a compelling developer tool regardless of application target, VS2015 supports iOS and Android development in addition to the expected Windows family.

New Features for ASP.NET 5 and MVC 6

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 21, 2015 1

While most of the buzz has been about ASP.NET 5 and the cross-platform execution engine, MVC, Microsoft’s preferred UI and web service framework, is also seeing many changes. The most important being the unification of MVC, Web API, and Web Pages.

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