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Feature-Rich Visual Studio 2013.2 Improves Git Tools and ASP.NET

by Jeff Martin on  May 13, 2014

The official RTM release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 has been made, and unlike the first update it brings with it a host of new features that should interest if not outright benefit nearly all users. Improved areas include better Git tooling support, web development, and profiling.

Looking at Python and Node.js on Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  May 07, 2014

Visual Studio isn't just the web, .NET, and C++. It also provides a full featured editor for Node.js and Python. InfoQ speaks with Microsoft Project Manager Shahrokh Mortazavi to talk about these tools and what they offer developers.

BASIC Turns Fifty

by Alex Blewitt on  May 02, 2014 1

The Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Set, first used on 1st May 1964, turned fifty yesterday. More widely known as BASIC, in introduced a generation to programming, kick-starting many who would then go onto a path to technology in the future. InfoQ looks back at the memorable moments as well as looking to the future.

Announcing the NuGet 3 Roadmap

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2014

In a recent article, Jeff Handley outlined the roadmap for NuGet 3.x. From its humble beginnings as a way to distribute out-of-band ASP.NET MVC packages, NuGet is now considered to be a vital part of the .NET ecosystem and Visual Studio itself. The four primary areas covered in the roadmap are: Package Discovery, Package Trust/Incompatibility, API, and Package Installation/Build.

Better Late Than Never: Visual Studio Regains Installer Project

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 28, 2014 2

Through Visual Studio 2010 Microsoft included a Setup and Deployment project type. With VS2012 this project type was removed and users were told to use InstallShield LE or seek a 3rd party alternative. Due to great user demand, Microsoft has now brought the previous project type back as an extension for VS2013.

Build 2014 Retrospective

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 16, 2014

In this opinion piece, a look is taken at Microsoft's recent Build conference and how the company may be signaling its desire for an increased focus on attracting developers.

Modern C++ and Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 05, 2014 1

Modern C++ support continues to be an area of focus for Microsoft. This week at Build Herb Sutter gave a talk which provided an update on their current efforts, the level of CPP support being added in the next Visual Studio preview, and what is in store for the future.

Node.js Tools for Visual Studio Beta 1

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 04, 2014

Microsoft has just released a beta of Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, also known as NTVS. Notable for this release is support for the free version of Visual Studio, known formally as Visual Studio Express for Web, and TypeScript.

TypeScript 1.0 Released

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 03, 2014

Microsoft's TypeScript language has now reached official 1.0 status and is available for use on several platfroms, including VS2012/VS2013, Eclipse, and in source form.

Highlights from Microsoft's Build 2014 Opening Keynote

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 02, 2014

The opening keynote for Build 2014 kicked off with several big announcements. Today marked the formal announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 and the soon to be released Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft Opens Windows to the Universal App: One App for All Platforms

by Jeff Martin on  Apr 02, 2014

Microsoft has formally introduced Windows universal apps, allowing developers to write a single app that will run on all Windows-based devices: phones, tablets, and PCs. This move unifies the platform in a significant way.

Bringing Visual Studio's CodeLens Into Focus

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 20, 2014

CodeLens has been a popular feature of VS2013. The forthcoming Update 2 is bring an enhancement to CodeLens called Incoming Changes, designed to make working with multiple code branches on TFS easier.

TypeScript Becomes Full Member of Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 04, 2014

TypeScript becomes a mainline language with the release of VS2013 Update 2 CTP. As TypeScript nears official 1.0 status, several key changes have been made to the language.

IDE Integrated Search Engines

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 25, 2014

New tools are bringing the web directly into a programmer's IDE. As search engines continue to compete for customers, new programming-specific search functionality has been produced for Visual Studio users.

OpenAccess ORM Renamed As Telerik Data Access with Improved UI and Colored Visual Designer

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 18, 2014

Telerik recently renamed OpenAccess ORM as Telerik Data Access with Improved User Interface and colored visual designer in addition to Telerik.DataAccess.Core NuGet, Telerik.DataAccess.Fluent and Telerik.DataAccess.Fluent.Sample NuGet packages.

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