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Blend Moves Closer to Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 20, 2014

New details about Blend for Visual Studio 2015 provide a glimpse of what users can expect in the new release. However, a couple of key features have been removed in an effort tighten the product's focus.

Android Joins Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 18, 2014 1

Visual Studio 2015 Preview includes a newly designed emulator for Android, enabling developers to build and test their apps on Google's mobile platform. It is the latest action from Microsoft that seems to indicate that a change is underway to position Visual Studio as a tool for all developers, not just Windows-centric ones.

Full Power, No Charge: Visual Studio Community 2013

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 14, 2014 1

Microsoft has released Visual Studio Community 2013, a copy of Visual Studio Professional that is free to use for users in a non-corporate setting. While the Express editions remain available this new version of Visual Studio provides developers with a single environment that can target traditional Windows applications, the Web, Android, and iOS.

New Tricks Shown for Web Development in Visual Studio "14"

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 22, 2014 1

Visual Studio "14" is improving the web development experience through a series of changes throughout the package. These changes should benefit developers across a variety of tasks: JSON editing, HTML editing and the use of templating packages, and managing code in the editor.

Syntax Highlighting and IntelliSense support for CMake

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 10, 2014

Visual Studio’s support for new languages is quite powerful, but few people have the skill and determination to take advantage of it. David Golub, who brought CMake support to Visual Studio, is one such person.

Latest Preview of Visual Studio “14” Exhibits Growing Pains

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 08, 2014

The fourth preview of Visual Studio "14" integrates several new features, including improvements to the debugger, integration of a new high-performance 64-bit JIT compiler, and ASP.NET vNext. Alongside these changes are several rough edges that reinforces the notion this software is still under active development.

.NET Micro Framework Adds VS2013 Support

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 26, 2014

The .NET Micro Framework has a new release which adds support for Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio "14". This Framework powers devices that Microsoft intends to build the "Internet of Things" and similar hardware-centric devices like the Raspberry Pi.

Npgsql Gets Visual Studio Data Designer Integration, JSONB Support

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Sep 08, 2014

Npgsql 2.2.0 comes as a feature packed release. The release adds VS Data Designer support, several Entity Framework-specific improvements and support for the Postgres 9.4 feature, the JSONB datatype.

Using Bing to Boost C# Development

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 03, 2014

The Bing Developer Assistant is a new plugin for C# developers to enable effective searches for code samples from within Visual Studio. Rather than requiring a context switch to a web browser, the plugin lets developers make code searches while they work.

Inherent Complexity of the Cloud: VS Online Outage Postmortem

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 28, 2014

Running cloud-based always-on systems is inherently complex. Microsoft recently experienced a 5 hour outage with Visual Studio Online, rendering their service unusable to developers. Microsoft's Brian Harry has provided a candid retrospective on what went wrong and how his team his correcting the failure.

Visual Studio “14” CTP3: PerfTips and the IDE

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 25, 2014

The third preview of Visual Studio "14" has been released, combing some evolutionary improvements to the IDE with a insightful new debugging tool called PerfTips. PerfTips increases the accessibility of debugging program performance right in the editor.

ASP.NET vNext Projects Get Simpler

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 22, 2014

ASP.NET vNext alpha3 was released along with the Visual Studio "14" CTP3. Several interesting changes are around ASP.NET projects - simpler project files, ability to specify build event handlers, cleaner source folders and more.

Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC Released

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 20, 2014

Microsoft continues to polish their powerful (and open source) Python Tools for Visual Studio package, which turns their famous IDE into a powerful Python development environment. This plugin does support the Web and Desktop Express editions of VS2013.

ASP.NET Two-Factor Authentication, Web And Mobile Tooling Improvements

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 12, 2014

Visual Studio Update 3 was released last week and includes some framework and tooling improvements relevant to web and mobile developers. We go through some of these, including the ASP.NET identity update supporting two-factor authentication, new Visual Studio-Azure integrations as well as several updates to the Apache Cordova Tooling preview.

VS2013 Update 3 Continues Refinements

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 07, 2014

The 3rd Update to Visual Studio 2013 continues Microsoft's steady application of refinements to their flagship IDE. This update increases the usefulness of diagnostic tools, adds deployment options, and updates some key features in VS2013 Ultimate.

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