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Shaping the Future of Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 15, 2017

Breaking from the past, Microsoft has already released a preview edition of its latest release of Visual Studio that includes new Python functionality.

Current State of UWP App Development

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 14, 2017

Microsoft continues to seek ways to encourage and support UWP app development. The recently updated UWP Community Toolkit makes new app controls available, while Microsoft MVP Thomas Claudius Huber demonstrates what controls are still missing.

.NET Core Tools 1.0 Released with Full C# Support

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 13, 2017

The .NET Core Tools has produced its first 1.0 release. Focused on C#, the tools provide .NET Core developers easy-to-build applications for .NET Core and ASP.NET Core. While their release coincides with the launch of Visual Studio 2017, this is a multiplatform toolset supporting Windows, Linux, and Mac OS systems.

Visual Studio 2017 Officially Released

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 07, 2017

Marking the 20th year since Visual Studio's first release, Visual Studio 2017 has formally been made available. VS2017 focuses on improvements to its core developer experience, in addition to greater support for mobile & cloud applications as well as more capable DevOps functionality.

Latest Power Tools Brings 15 Extensions to Visual Studio 2017

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 07, 2017

The latest edition of the Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2017 brings 15 extensions to the IDE, offering ways for developers to improve their experience. It also provides great examples on how to write Visual Studio extensions.

Building the Hyperconnected Future on Blockchains Paper Released at World Government Summit

by Kent Weare on  Mar 04, 2017

At the recent World Government Summit, Hexayurt Capital and ConsenSys released a paper called “Building the Hyperconnected Future on Blockchains.” The purpose of the paper was to provide an Internet of Agreements (IoA) strategy and roadmap for the next wave of innovation in order to drive Globalization 2.0.

New DevOps Tools Aid Visual Studio 2017 Deployments

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 28, 2017

The changes made to the Visual Studio 2017 installer mean that traditional methods of querying the system registry to determine the state of the build environment are not going to be useful. A new API, PowerShell module, and standalone set of utilities have been released to provide developers and build engineers the tools needed to better automate their build environment.

.NET Core Debugging Support Returns to Rider IDE

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 27, 2017

EAP18 of JetBrains' Rider features the return of .NET Core debugging support for Windows platforms. The previous preview of Rider saw this support removed in order to comply with the licensing terms of a subcomponent. An otherwise small release, EAP18 is crucial for .NET Core developers.

Microsoft Releases Managed Disks, Scale Sets

by Richard Seroter on  Feb 24, 2017

In an effort to simplify virtual machine (VM) storage and scaling in Azure, Microsoft released two new capabilities. Managed Disks eliminate the need to configure "storage accounts" for holding VM disks. Scale sets make it possible to deploy hundreds of identical VMs at once.

Microsoft Makes it Easy to Create JavaScript Web Apps with New Tool

by David Iffland on  Feb 24, 2017 2

Microsoft's new dotnet new tool provides JavaScript developers an easy way to spin up Single Page Applications using ASP.NET and Node.js.

GitLab.com Postmortem Digs into Root Causes of 18 Hour Outage

by David Iffland on  Feb 21, 2017

GitLab's postmortem into the root cause of their 18 hour site outage is a detailed look at how the incident began, how it got worse before it got better, and how they plan to learn from the mistakes and improve the service.

Rider EAP17 Brings Improvements, But Loses .NET Core Debugging

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 21, 2017

The latest release of JetBrains' Rider IDE for .NET brings some new features in its latest preview build, but licensing issues are preventing it from providing complete .NET Core support.

What's New in .NET Core Tools

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 15, 2017

The release of the latest Visual Studio 2017 RC joined an update to the .NET Core tooling. This brings several improvements, including changes to templating and many needed bug fixes.

Setting up a DevOps Pipeline for an IoT Application

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Feb 13, 2017

In a recent article on the MSDN site, Daniel Meixler explores a complete DevOps lifecycle for an Internet of Things (IoT) application using Microsoft frameworks and components. The concepts can be generalized to other IoT platforms with some changes.

Microsoft Adds Team and LUIS Support for Flow

by Kent Weare on  Feb 11, 2017

Microsoft has recently announced changes to its cloud workflow service, Flow, to enable teams to contribute and manage flows centrally. This new sharing capability is also available to SaaS and custom API Connectors. In addition to these collaboration features, Microsoft has also announced support for Gmail connectivity and integration with additional Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs.

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