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Visual Studio Marketplace (mostly) Replaces VS Gallery

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 08, 2016

Visual Studio has a new website for extensions. Known as Visual Studio Marketplace, this site aggregates extensions for the Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and Visual Studio Team Services.

JetBrains Rider: A New .NET IDE Based on IntelliJ and ReSharper

by Abel Avram on  Nov 22, 2016 4

JetBrains Rider was introduced in January of this year but spent the most part of the year in private Early Access Preview, not yet ready for the public. Now the EAP has been made available to everyone who wants to see what it is like to develop for .NET on the IntelliJ platform. There are some issues to be fixed before it becomes generally available but the tool is quite stable.

Microsoft to Announce Visual Studio for Mac

by Abel Avram on  Nov 15, 2016 3

The MSDN Blog briefly published a post on Visual Studio for Mac, then they took it down because the new product is supposed to be announced at Microsoft Connect(), which is to take place from Nov 16-18, 2016. A copy of the page can be accessed on Google’s cache.

VS Code Breaks NPM Registry

by James Chesters on  Nov 08, 2016 1

Microsoft has launched VS Code 1.7.1, after breaking NPM registry with its 1.7 release. Project manager Wade Anderson said VS Code's Automatic Type Acquisition unintentionally flooded npm with requests for non-existent packages.

VS2015 Update 3 Focuses on Performance and Stability

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 29, 2016 1

The full release of Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 has been made. Update 3 places a great emphasis on improving the stability of the product and reducing the amount of memory used by the IDE for solutions of all sizes. Other changes include better C++ support and better handling of product activation.

Taking a Look at Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 RC

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 17, 2016

The Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 has been released. This latest update includes several bits of polish and bug fixing.

Writing C++ for Linux on Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 16, 2016

Visual Studio 2015 users have a new way to write C++ code for non-Windows environments. Thanks to the Visual C++ for Linux extension, VS2015 supports writing C++ code under Windows and then deploying that code to a Linux machine for compilation, execution, and debugging. New features increase the usefulness by adding a Linux Console Window and fixing several bugs.

May Release of Visual Studio Code

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 14, 2016

The latest release of Visual Studio Code adds terminal support to the editor, bug fixes to several annoyances, and revised whitespace handling.

Macros Return to Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 06, 2016 2

Writing macros to automate tasks was a popular feature in older versions of Visual Studio. Since Visual Studio 2012, macros have not been available but now a new extension promises to provide macros to users of Visual Studio 2013 & 2015.

Introducing the Roslyn Project System

by Jonathan Allen on  May 17, 2016 1

After 15 years, Microsoft is replacing the COM-based C# and Visual Basic project systems. The new system is being written in a mixture of Visual Basic and C# with an eye towards working outside of Visual Studio.

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.

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