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  • Reducing Technical Debt with SonarQube and Visual Studio

    Java developers have long been able to use SonarQube to measure and analylize their code base for technical debt. Now C# developers using can benefit from this tool thanks to its improved cooperation with Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.

  • Azure Logic Apps

    Historically working with BizTalk has been overly difficult. Once you get past very simple scenarios, the learning curve for BizTalk was so steep that most developers didn’t even bother trying. They would either hack something together or just skip BizTalk entirely and just use purely custom code. Azure App Logic seeks to correct this problem with a new approach.

  • Universal Programs and API Contracts

    Historically, creating universal or “run anywhere” applications meant restricting yourself to the lowest common denominator. New features can’t be used until all devices support it, which may be never depending on your customer base. In the Windows 10 vision, that isn’t going to be the case.

  • Deep Dive into Universal Applications

    Developing Universal Applications require an understanding of .NET Native, their “compiler in the cloud” that allows one application to run on a variety of devices with paying for JIT compilation.

  • Entity Framework 7: New Platforms and New Data Stores

    Entity Framework was created solely for working with relational data on the full version of .NET. In EF 7, neither of those statements is true.

  • Compiling Objective-C into C++ with Visual Studio

    While there were rumors that Microsoft would be adopting Android for the Windows 10 platform, no one expected the announcement that iOS applications would also be adopted. This is made possible, by combining C2 with Clang.

  • Enhancements for C2, the Compiler Behind VC++ and Native .NET

    Most developers don’t know much about C2, but it is a vital part of the Windows development lifecycle. It acts as the backend compiler for Visual C++, .NET natively compiled code, compiled T-SQL, and Objective-C on Windows.

  • Quick Take: Build 2015 Day 2 Keynote

    Microsoft's Build continued today with demonstrations on what modern Windows 10 apps can do and how developers can quickly bring their existing apps to the platform.

  • Visual Studio 2015 RC Targets All Devices

    Microsoft has delivered the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2015, demonstrating their desire to be the first choice for developers regardless of the platform that they are targeting.

  • Microsoft Unveils Visual Studio for Linux and OS X

    Microsoft has announced the release of a native Visual Studio application for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

  • New Build Automation Features in Visual Studio Online

    Microsoft has completely rewritten the build server in Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online. The new tool completely eliminates the massive XAML-based Windows Workflow files that were used as build definitions.

  • Cross Platform Applications for Office 365

    A major focus of Build 2015 is Office 365 as a platform. The desktop version of Office has been treated as a development platform since the early days of macros written in a variant of BASIC. Microsoft intends to recreate and expand upon that by turning Office 365 into a cross platform development platform available on any form factor or operating system.

  • Compile Time Bindings in Universal XAML

    Universal XAML isn’t just an application UI toolkit, it is being used throughout Windows 10 for OS programs. As such, cross-platform consistency and performance are of upmost concern. To address this, new features such as compile-time data binding has been added.

  • Best Practices for IoT on Azure

    Depending on who you ask, IoT is something brand new and revolutionary or just a natural progression of what we’ve been doing for decades. The truth is somewhere in the middle; consumer devices replacing the simplistic, mass produced sensors and expensive aviation-grade components. With this in mind, Kevin Miller of Microsoft offers these basic guidelines for starting an IoT project.

  • Quick Take: Build 2015 Day 1 Keynote

    Microsoft's premier developer conference began today with several announcements that will affect all developers whether they are formally targeting Windows or not.

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