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Microsoft Graph Unifies Access to All APIs

by Jerome Louvel on  May 03, 2016

At the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, InfoQ had the opportunity to speak with Gareth Jones, API architect for the Microsoft Graph API which aims at making life easier for developers by providing a unified API endpoint. With the prevalence of Microsoft products in most businesses around the world, it is interesting to see how Microsoft solves this issue at their scale.

How VS2015 Update 2 Improves .NET Native Code

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 26, 2016

Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 has brought several new capabilities and improvements to VS2015. One area that has seen improvement is compiling code for .NET Native, yielding better support for generics and an improved backend compiler.

How Node Replaced Macros in Microsoft Word

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 01, 2016

Writing extensions for Word used to be handled by BASIC. Now, the language of choice is JavaScript and the platform Node.

V.Next Announced, Use Visual C++ for Linux Today

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 31, 2016

Microsoft has announced the first preview of Visual Studio 2015's successor. Even more impressive is a new extension available now that provides VS2015 with the ability to create and develop C++ projects for Linux and UNIX based systems.

The 6 Main Reasons to use VS2015 for C++ Development

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 30, 2016

Today at Build, the presentation “6 Reasons Move your C++ code to VS2015” was given which discussed the new features in VS2015 that make it more useful to C++ developers. VS2015 has been evolving since its original July 2015 release and there are several new features that should increase its attractiveness to C++ developers regardless of the platforms they target.

Microsoft Joins the Eclipse Foundation

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 08, 2016 1

At today's EclipseCon, Microsoft announced that they have joined the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions member, including open-sourcing their Team Explorer Anywhere on GitHub. InfoQ reports.

Previewing VS2015's Improved C++ Compliance

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 17, 2016

Microsoft continues to increase its compliance with the C++11, C++14, and upcoming C++17 language standards with its second update to Visual Studio 2015.

VS2015 Update 2 Focuses on Stability

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 16, 2016 2

Microsoft has released its first preview of the second update for Visual Studio 2015 that debuts a few new features while focusing on bug fixes and stability enhancements.

Introducing Paket, a Package Manager for .NET

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 13, 2016 4

Paket is a package manager for .NET languages, intended to be an alternative for the popular NuGet. InfoQ reached out with Steffen Forkmann, co-creator of the project, to learn more about Paket's origin and features.

Rico Mariani on Why Visual Studio Isn’t 64-bit

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 05, 2016 3

For a long time now developers have been asking why Visual Studio hasn’t made to switch to 64-bit. Rather than effort or opportunity cost, the primary reason is performance. Rico Mariani of Microsoft explains.

VS2015 Update 1 Improves C++ Edit and Continue Support

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 09, 2015

Microsoft debuted improved Edit and Continue (EnC) support for C++ projects with VS2015 launch. The first update to VS2015 brings several improvements to EnC users. Windows Store apps and DirectX applications can now use EnC. And all C++ EnC users will find bug fixes and usability tweaks.

Reducing Project Build Times on Visual Studio 2015

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 03, 2015

Microsoft's new partnership with Xoreax has produced a "freemium" version of IncrediBuild for Visual Studio users. This tool uses several techniques to dramatically reduce project build times for several different project types.

Linux Debugging Comes to Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 19, 2015

Visual Studio 2015 continues to expand its reach into non-Windows development scenarios. A new extension enables Visual Studio to be used to debug C++ code being run on Linux-based systems.

Visual Studio Code Now Extensible and Open Sourced

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 18, 2015

Microsoft's multi-platform code editor, Visual Studio Code, now supports extensions and is fully open source. The November release of VS Code has been designated a beta release and includes a number of additional enhancements.

The SharpDevelop Community Releases Refactoring Essentials 2

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Nov 04, 2015 1

The SharpDevelop Community recently released version 2 of Refactoring Essentials for Visual Studio. The release brings new analyzers, new refactorings and several improvements to the Visual Studio extension.

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