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10+ powerful debugging tricks with Visual Studio
Debugging is a major part of the development lifecycle. Sometimes challenging, sometimes puzzling, sometimes annoying, one for sure - it is unavoidable for any not-so-trivial program. the progress of debugging tools over the last years has made many debugging tasks much easier and less time-consuming.
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.NET Core Tools 1.0 Released with Full C# Support
Coinciding with the release of Visual Studio 2017 last week, Microsoft released .NET Core Tools 1.0. These tools are useful for all .NET Core developers, whether they use VS2017, Visual Studio for Mac, Visual Studio Code or a non-Microsoft IDE of their choice.
March 13, 2017
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.NET Core Tools Switch to MSBuild
The desire for .NET Core and ASP.NET Core to comfortably support platforms beyond Visual Studio running on Windows led Microsoft to create a project system based on project.json format. Unfortunately, this new format led to incompatibility with the previous system based on .csproj/MSBuild. Microsoft's Rich Lander has announced that the .NET Core tools will be migrating to the MSBuild format in a new alpha release.
November 30, 2016
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.NET Docker Development with Visual Studio 2017
Develop .NET Framework Apps with Windows Server Core Containers and .NET Core with Linux Containers with the productivity you'd expect from Visual Studio, while maintaining the native Docker experience.
March 7, 2017
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.NET Productivity Improvements
In this brief overview, we present some of the new productivity features to come for Microsoft .NET in Visual Studio 2017, including improvements in debugging, unit testing, live code analysis, and IntelliSense.
November 21, 2016
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Addressing Visual Studio 15's Memory Usage
As previously mentioned, Microsoft has committed to improving the all-around performance of the Visual Studio "15" IDE. In this article we will examine the changes they have made to improve VS15's memory handling in Technical Preview 5 (TP5). While the main executable remains a 32-bit process, several key components have been migrated into their own process.
October 25, 2016
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Advancements in Data Technology
In this episode, Robert is joined by Scott Klein, host of the Data Exposed and SQL Unplugged shows, for a whirlwind tour of some of the advancements in data technology that have appeared recently. they review data technologies and services covering both on-premises and the cloud.
July 13, 2016
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AES Using C++ & Crypto++ In MS Visual Studios 2015
Encrypting and decrypting data is a necessary knowledge for hackers. we have to secure position whether it's obfuscating a piece of malware, storing sensitive information or transmitting communications between devices. Understanding how to handle encryption in C++ will expand your ability as a secure programmer and a hacker.
April 11, 2017
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Announcing Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio 2017
With the right DevOps tools, developers can run continuous integration builds that automate testing, analysis and verification of their projects, and streamline continuous deployment to get innovative applications into user's hands quickly.
March 15, 2017
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Announcing new ASP.NET Core and Web Development Features in Visual Studio 2017
We are pleased to announce updates to our ASP.NET tools, ASP.NET Core tools, Container tools, and frameworks that are shipping as part of the Visual Studio 2017 release today. we have made significant updates to the web development tools to make them easier for you to use and help make you more productive in your daily web development tasks.
March 7, 2017
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Announcing the new Visual Studio for Mac
At this morning's Connect(); 2016 keynote, Nat Friedman and James Montemagno introduced Visual Studio for Mac, the newest member of the Visual Studio family.Visual Studio for Mac is a developer environment optimized for building mobile and cloud apps with Xamarin and .NET.
November 16, 2016
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Announcing Visual Studio 2017 General Availability... and more
Now is an exciting time to work with developer tools. with a 25% increase in monthly active users of Visual Studio, 1.3 million active monthly users of Visual Studio Code, and a two-fold increase in active users of our Mac IDEs, I think our customers are excited too.
March 7, 2017
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ASP.NET MVC 5 -- Using Angular 2 with TypeScript in Visual Studio
ASP.NET MVC 5 is widely used web development framework, it's stable, matured and most importantly its is used in production on large scale. Many folks had requested me to write how to wire up Angular 2 in MVC 5.
July 28, 2016
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Assembly Load Debugger for Visual Studio 2017
Today's extension from Mads Kristensen is one that I hope you'll never need, but if you do, it will come in REAL handy...
February 20, 2017
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Best of Visual Studio 2017 Launch
Join us for the top highlights from the Visual Studio 2017 Launch including: "Inner Loop" and "Shift Left", new 3rd party add-ins now included, and how Visual Studio 2017 can provide features and insights to a developer earlier in a DevOps process
April 28, 2017
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Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor
Crappy Chromium code is the culprit, we're told
March 23, 2017
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Build a Unity Game Part 2
In this episode, Robert is joined by Stacey Haffner, co-owner/dev of what Up Games, who will show us how to build a Unity game that includes simple mechanics such as audio, animations, AI and UI. the game is Super Space Shooter and it involves shooting enemy spaceships. In part 2 of this 3 part series, Stacey sets the player up so it can shoot a laser and refactors the player object to a ship object, making it easier to create the enemy ship.
May 11, 2016
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Build a Unity Game Part 3
In this episode, Robert is joined by Stacey Haffner, co-owner/dev of what Up Games, who will show us how to build a Unity game that includes simple mechanics such as audio, animations, AI and UI. the game is Super Space Shooter and it involves shooting enemy spaceships. In part 3 of this 4 part series, Stacey adds the ability for the player and enemy ships to shoot each other.
May 23, 2016
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Build a Unity Game Part 4
In this episode, Robert is joined by Stacey Haffner, co-owner/dev of what Up Games, who will show us how to build a Unity game that includes simple mechanics such as audio, animations, AI and UI. the game is Super Space Shooter and it involves shooting enemy spaceships. In part 4 of this 4 part series, Stacey focuses on UI issues, particularly how to display shooter score and health and how to add a start screen to the game.
June 1, 2016
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Building a Windows 10 IOT App
In this episode, Robert is joined by Daniel Jacobson, who shows how he built a Windows 10 IOT app that can be used by a coffee shop to know when customers enter and exit the shop. with that data, the shop can monitor traffic flow and figure out things like what days and times are the most, and least busy.
September 7, 2016
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Cloning your VS 2017 Packages
So, you've just installed VS 2017. now you want to "copy" that setup and share what you installed with your coworkers, say you're trying to create a standard work or class setup...
April 3, 2017
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Codenvy teams with Microsoft to help developers work together
A new Visual Studio Team Services extension ties development workspaces to work issues
March 8, 2016
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Codenvy teams with Microsoft to help developers work together
A new Visual Studio Team Services extension ties development workspaces to work issues
March 8, 2016
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Coloring VS Instances with SolutionColor
Today's Visual Studio Extension is one you'll love if you constantly keep multiple instances of Visual Studio running (like I do). it's simple, yet once you see it, brilliant in hindsight (and it's open source too).
November 28, 2016
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Compiling on Windows without Visual Studio
Developers working with the Microsoft platform that have a copy of Visual Studio installed, typically find themselves in a good situation regarding their projects: they can open a solution, make changes, and compile it with the knowledge that all of the required files and settings are configured correctly.
November 29, 2016
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Connect IoT to Azure IoT with Visual Studio Connected Service Extension
In our last Visual Studio Extension Theme Week post, how do we include not only VS Extensibility but also device/hardware/IoT?
March 18, 2016
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Create custom code snippets in Visual Studio Code
In Visual Studio Code, you have the ability to create custom code snippets that are available via Intellisense. this is really useful when you want to get things done quickly, as there is no limit to how complicated the code in the snippet can be!
June 16, 2016
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"Daddy is Working" Light
Looking for a fun little project? Work at home? Wish you had an "on the air" kind of light that's instead tied to Visual Studio?
August 19, 2016
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Database DevOps with Redgate Data Tools
DevOps is a wonderful thing. with it comes better collaboration across teams for early feedback in the development cycle, joint accountability for fixing problems, and working together to get value to customers quickly and efficiently. When considering the database, it can be tricky to extend DevOps processes used for the application to the database.
March 7, 2017
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Debugging Epoch Programs Using Native Windows Tools
One of the key usability traits of a new programming language is the debugging experience. Without a solid set of tools for debugging, any novel language faces a serious uphill battle for adoption. Epoch has been since its inception a pragmatic language first and foremost; if it doesn't help get work done, it isn't doing its job. Debugging is no exception (pardon the pun) so we want to have a first-class debugging experience ready for future Epoch programmers.
July 18, 2016
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Debugging Golang
To do anything complex in Golang, it'll be necessary to be able to debug your code at runtime.
January 16, 2017
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Debugging Karma tests with VSCode
tl;dr: I was able to put it as a video on YouTube, however it was my first video, and it started to take bit too much time, so it's not a super pro one:
April 3, 2017
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Debugging Tips and Tricks for C++ in Visual Studio
When we write software our goal is to create correctly functioning applications the first time. Unfortunately, it rarely works that way and we spend a significant amount of time and effort debugging problems in the code rather than adding new value. Fortunately, when issues arise that need investigation Visual Studio ships a world class debugging experience to help find the issue quickly.
July 14, 2016
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Developer Productivity in VS 2015 and VS 15
In this episode, Robert is joined by Kasey Uhlenhuth, who shows off a number of features that increase your code writing productivity in the current and next versions of Visual Studio. Among the things she shows are the C# Interactive window, Quick Launch, Navigate To, IntellliSense improvements, refactorings and better feedback from the code editor.
July 20, 2016
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Dial into Debugging with the Surface Dial
When you're a dev and you've just got a cool new input device, what is the first thing you do?
December 14, 2016
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Dialing Visual Studio
Mads Kristensen decided to marry a couple of his favorite things, Visual Studio and his shiny new Surface Dial!
March 19, 2017
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Elastic tabstops - a better way to indent and align code
Since the days of the character mapped display, programmers have argued over whether tabs or spaces should be used to line up text. While both strategies can be used if all of a project's programmers can agree on how many spaces wide a tab should be, experience has taught us that this is not always the case. Even if all of the programmers working on a project are diligent enough to stick to only using tabs or spaces and have tabs set to the agreed number of spaces, there is still a problem if any programmers wish to use modern proportional fonts (because a space is no longer the same width as every other character).
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Entity Framework Core
In this episode, Robert is joined by Julie Lerman, who takes us on a deep-dive tour of many of the features that are new in Entity Framework Core.
February 2, 2017
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Episode 143: Visual Studio 2017 with Amanda Silver
We talk with Amanda Silver about the massive Visual Studio 2017 release. Background tabs in your browser might start using less power. and did I mention how awesome VS 2017 is turning out to be?
March 19, 2017
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Exploring our newest sample app, BikeSharing360
In this episode, Dmitry is joined by Erika Ehrli, who shares the BikeSharing360 E2E demo scenario, architecture, and suite of apps used in Connect(); 2016 keynotes.
December 14, 2016
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Everything you want to know about Visual Studio ALM and Farming
Today at TechEd, I announced Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 and many of the Application Lifecycle Management features that they include. Today, we enabled some of those features on Team Foundation Service for you to try out immediately and I announced that a preview of VS 2013 and TFS 2013 will be available at the Build conference later this month.
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Extending Visual Studio "15"
As we have previously covered, with Visual Studio "15" Microsoft has made it a priority to reduce the start-up time and installation size of the editor. Supporting these developments are changes in how extensions are utilized.
November 16, 2016
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Extending Visual Studio with menus, menus, menus and toolbars...
Carlos Quintero, Mr. Visual Studio Extension himself, is back with a great set of samples and how-to's on how you can add menus and toolbars to your next VS extension
October 22, 2016
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Extensions by Mads Kristensen
In this episode, Robert is joined by Mads Kristensen, author of many of the most useful and cool Visual Studio extensions around. Mads shows the following extensions:
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Extensions in Visual Studio 2017
In this episode, Robert is joined by Justin Clareburt, who shows us what users of extensions can expect in Visual Studio 2017. Justin first reviews the new setup experience, because that impacts extensions.
February 9, 2017
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February 2017 (version 1.10)
Welcome to the February 2017 release of Visual Studio Code. There are a number of significant updates in this version that we hope you will like, some of the key highlights include:
March 1, 2017
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Fifth Visual Studio '15' preview has lots of performance improvements for developers
Microsoft has released the fifth preview version of Visual Studio "15," the code name for the next edition of the company's development tools. this new build offers, among other things, a bunch of performance improvements.
October 5, 2016
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First look: Visual Studio for Mac is here at last, almost
Xamarin-inspired IDE will allow C# and F# programmers to develop for iOS, Mac, and Android on a single machine, but is currently limited
November 23, 2016
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Fourth Visual Studio '15' preview now available for developers
Microsoft has released the fourth preview version of Visual Studio "15," the code name for the next edition of the company's development tools.
August 22, 2016
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Functioning Private Visual Studio Gallery via Azure Functions
Today's project from Daniel Cazzulino is one that I thought kind of neat and different.
April 24, 2017
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Get Started with .NET Core and Visual Studio 2017
This is a quick tutorial for getting set up with Visual Studio and .NET Core.
March 13, 2017
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Get 19 VS 2017 Web Extensions with Just One Install
Mr. Visual Studio Extension Man, Mads Kristensen, is back with a huge Web Extension pack for the recently released Visual Studio 2017. While we highlighted his Web Extension Pack last year, Mads Mad Web Extension Pack, this time, he's out down himself, packing up 19 (and counting) must have web extensions for Visual Studio 2017.
December 5, 2016
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Getting started with Azure in Visual Studio 2017
Learn how to get started with Microsoft Azure using Visual Studio 2017
March 7, 2017
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Getting started with PHP, Java, and SQL Server on Linux
In this episode, Dmitry is joined by Meet Bhagdev and Andrea Lam, who show us how to get started with programming apps in PHP and Java connecting to SQL Server on Linux. PHP and Java both have open sourced connectors that can be used by applications to connect to SQL Server anywhere (on-premises or in the cloud). this includes the recently released SQL Server on Linux and we'll show you some demo's using Visual Studio Code and the newly released SQL Server extension.
December 21, 2016
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Getting Started with Xamarin
In this episode, Robert welcomes James Montemagno back to the sHow to talk about how you can get started developing with Xamarin. James shows exactly what you need to get started building mobile apps with Xamarin including the hardware required and software you need to install. He then shows how to leverage your existing .NET and C# skills to create iOS, Android and Windows mobile apps in Visual Studio with Xamarin. He also shows how to reuse existing .NET libraries and share business logic across apps.
June 29, 2016
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GoingNative 57: VS 20th Anniversary Special
In this special episode commemorating the 20th anniversary of Visual Studio, Steve Carroll sits down with a number of people who have played a big role in the long history of Visual C++. they share their stories using or developing with Visual C++...and carrying huge product boxes and MSDN documentation books around. the following people talked about their history with C++ and Microsoft:
March 7, 2017
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GoingNative 54: What's new In Visual Studio 2017 RC and Introduction to Vcpkg
This episode of GoingNative comes to you in two parts:
November 16, 2016
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Graphic Asset Previewer for Visual Studio
If you've got DDS, ANI, PES, MDL, SDF, or Urho XML files, you've got to get this Visual Studio Extension...
August 15, 2016
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Happy Birthday .NET with Anders Hejlsberg
A few nights ago we got together with the Microsoft Alumni Network and threw a big .NET birthday bash with former .NET team members & rock stars. we caught up with Anders Hejlsberg, father of the C# language, to share some stories and thoughts on .NET and open source.
February 13, 2017
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Happy Birthday .NET with Dee Dee Walsh
Last month we got together with the Microsoft Alumni Network and threw a big .NET 15th birthday bash with former .NET team members & rock stars. we caught up with Dee Dee Walsh, who was one of the original Developer Relations and Community person starting before Visual Studio!
March 14, 2017
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Hello Code, VS Code 0.9.1 that is...
With the recent VS Code update, VS Code v0.9.1 (October 2015), I'm going to make it a VS Code Theme week.
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Hello Holographic 3D World
Saw this Hello World from the awesome All-In-One Code Framework team (aka "The Code Sample Super Stars") and thought it might help you all get started...
March 23, 2017
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Hex Visualizer Extension for Visual Studio 2015
Sometimes you just need to see the Hex... Mladen Mihajlovic thought the same, took a hex editor control and mashed it up into a Visual Studio Extension and here you go!
July 25, 2016
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Improvements to Visual Studio "15" Startup
Throughout the technical preview phase of the Visual Studio "15" development process, Microsoft has stated that one of their primary goals is to improve performance. While they have made mention of these improvements to some degree, a more comprehensive set of details has been released explaining these changes. Today we will examine the changes made to give VS "15" a faster startup time.
October 20, 2016
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IL Viewer for VS Code
Are you one of those Dev's that like to see how the engine actually works? Likes to see the underlying details? One that wants to know what really happens when you compile your C# code?
February 6, 2017
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Integrating Power BI Into your Web Applications
In this episode, Robert is joined by Charles Sterling, who shows how to use Power BI in your development efforts, specifically how to call REST APIs with Power BI without writing any code.
September 14, 2016
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Introduction to the Bot Framework and why DevOps for it
In this session we give you an overview of the Microsoft Bot Framework for developers using two different bot examples, one in Node.js and one in C#. we then talk about DevOps and how it applies to any team developing any solution including bots.
March 17, 2017
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It's Time to Update your VS 2017 Extension Manifest
Carlos Quintero, Mr. Extension and Friend of the Blog, posted a great tip on what Visual Studio Extension creators should do to ensure their extension is truly ready for VS 2017...
January 16, 2017
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July 2016 (version 1.4)
During July, we slowed down feature work in favor of reducing our bug backlog and removing engineering debt. However, we were still able to add some improvements.
August 04, 2016
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June 2016 (version 1.3)
We're really excited about the June release of VS Code. We've made some big changes to Extension management (dedicated Extensions View) and added Tabs (tabbed editor panes). other new features include global Search and Replace, improved Drag and Drop and optional indentation guides. all of this along with enhancements to existing features like the Integrated Terminal and delivering a set of important bug fixes.
July 7, 2016
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Know your Node.js (and VS Code)
Continuing with our VS Code Theme, today I've got three items for you (well, one, okay, kind of three, or whatever... )
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Language Server Protocol: a Language Server for DOT with Visual Studio Code
In a previous post we have seen how the Language Server Protocol can be a game changer in language development: we can now build support for one language and integrate it with all the IDEs compatible with this protocol.
April 5, 2017
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Latest Power Tools Brings 15 Extensions to Visual Studio 2017
Coinciding with the formal release of Visual Studio 2017, the popular Productivity Power Tools (PPT) extension has been updated and made available by Microsoft. this edition of the PPT includes 15 extensions updated for VS2017.
March 7, 2017
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Lessons Learned Creating a Visual Studio Text Adornment
Lucian Wischik, who if you ever get the chance, make sure you catch him presenting, shares some tips and a tutorial on creating a Visual Studio Text Adornment. He takes you from start to finish and the result, your first Text Adornment...
July 11, 2016
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Live Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2017 RC
We are very proud to introduce a new feature in Visual Studio 2017 called Live Unit Testing ! this feature will make it easy for you to maintain quality and test coverage during rapid development and take your productivity to a whole new level. Imagine you are fixing a bug in a code base which you may not be completely familiar with.
November 18, 2016
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Lot's O' Languages - Visual Studio Language Pack
Mr. Extension himself, Mads Kristensen, has just released an awesome set of language support for Visual Studio. it's not "compete" support, just a basic level, but sometimes that's all you need (and something is better than nothing).
August 22, 2016
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Mads Kristensen Extensions
In this episode, Robert is joined by Mads Kristensen, who shows us another batch of extensions he has written, all designed to boost developer productivity. Mads shows:
November 3, 2016
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Manipulate URIs with Visual Studio .NET's System.URI class
Irina Medvinskaya explains how you use Visual Studio .NET's System.URI class to work with Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs). this class allows you to represent and easily manipulate a given URI.
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Marvelous Markdown with VSCode
Find yourself writing a good bit of Markdown? Wish there was a better editor? Maybe in the new shiny and cool code editor, VS Code?
July 18, 2016
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May 2016 (version 1.2.0)
The May release of VS Code has some great new features, enhancements to existing features, and a set of important bug fixes.
June 7, 2016
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May update for the C/C++ extension in Visual Studio Code
We would like to thank all of you who have tried out the C/C++ extension in Visual Studio Code and have already provided rich feedback on your experiences and filed issues and requests with us. we are working hard on incorporating your feedback into the product.
June 1, 2016
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Menees VS Tools Updated for Visual Studio 2017
The venerable Visual Studio Extension, Menees VS Tools, from Bill Menees has been updated for Visual Studio 2017.
April 17, 2017
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Microsoft announces the Desktop to UWP Packaging Project for Visual Studio "15"
Microsoft is continuing to build its bridges, as today it has announced the Desktop to UWP Packaging Project for Visual Studio "15".
May 16, 2016
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Microsoft Azure Notification Hub with UWP and Xamarin
This video will show you how to use Microsoft Azure Notification Hub to send push notifications to Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.iOS and UWP applications.
March 13, 2017
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Microsoft delivers test builds of Visual Studio for Mac, Visual Studio 2017 for Windows
Microsoft is releasing a first Visual Studio for Mac preview, as well as a near-final release Candidate of Visual Studio 2017 for Windows.
November 16, 2016
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Microsoft formally announces Visual Studio 2017, offers a release candidate
Microsoft held the keynote for its Connect() developer conference today, where it announced the next version of its integrated development environment (IDE), Visual Studio 2017. the company is also offering a release candidate, which you can grab from VisualStudio.com.
November 16, 2016
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Microsoft integrates Black Duck open-source tools with Visual Studio
Is someone sneaking open-source code as their work into your Visual Studio project? Does some of the open-source code you're already using have known bugs in it? this new pairing of Microsoft and Black Duck technology can help with both problems.
March 7, 2017
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Microsoft introduces Visual Studio Mobile Center
This week, Microsoft is hosting its Connect() developer conference, where it's already made a series of announcements for software creators on all platforms. In addition to joining the Linux Foundation as a platinum member, there was plenty of news about its Visual Studio tools too.
November 16, 2016
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Microsoft launches third preview build of Visual Studio '15'
Microsoft has released the third build to software developers for the preview version of Visual Studio '15', which is the code name for the next major release of its development tools.
July 7, 2016
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Microsoft offers a third preview of the Xamarin iOS Simulator for Visual Studio
This week, Microsoft released a new preview build of the iOS Simulator for Xamarin on Visual Studio.
August 10, 2016
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Microsoft previews upcoming improvements in .Net
C#, Visual Basic, and F# will get attention in a coordinated effort across Microsoft's development platform
February 2, 2017
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Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2017
After formally announcing Visual Studio 2017 in November, Microsoft has officially launched the latest version of its integrated development environment today. Visual Studio celebrates its 20th anniversary this year - and unsurprisingly, the company is touting this newest edition as its best yet.
March 7, 2017
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Microsoft to Announce Visual Studio for Mac
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.
November 15, 2016
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Microsoft to deliver Visual Studio for Mac
Microsoft is readying a preview of Visual Studio for Mac, which is an 'evolution' of the Xamarin Studio IDE.
November 14, 2016
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Microsoft to Offer Live Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2017
With more features being pushed down into less expensive versions, Microsoft is always looking for ways to justify the hefty price tag for Visual Studio Enterprise Edition. new for this year, the headline feature is "live unit testing".
February 7, 2017
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Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac is now official, preview available to download
Microsoft spoilt the surprise a few days ago by prematurely publishing a blog post, but today, it officially announced Visual Studio for Mac, bringing a version of its popular software development suite to Apple systems. Microsoft described it as a "one-stop shop for .NET development on the Mac, including Android, iOS and .NET Core technologies."
November 16, 2016
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Microsoft's Visual Studio 2017 hits general availability
Microsoft's latest IDE release is focused on multi-platform development
March 8, 2017
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Microsoft's Visual Studio 2017 is now generally available
Microsoft's latest Visual Studio tool suite is now generally available, as are updates to a number of the other Visual Studio family members.
March 7, 2017
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Modern Web Development
In this episode, Robert is joined by Sam Basu and Ed Charbeneau, for an in-depth discussion about what it means to be a modern Web developer. they cover a lot of ground, including JavaScript frameworks, package managers, ASP.NET Core and how you build a Web solution that relies on a lot of moving parts. they also provide lots of good advice on how you should think about modern Web development, especially if you are new to it.
March 15, 2017
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MSSQL Extension for VS Code
This week's episode of Data Exposed welcomes Kevin Cunnane to the sHow to talk about the Big Data Partner Program. Pranav is a Senior Software Engineering Manager in the SQL Server tools team.
April 25, 2017
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New DevOps Tools Aid Visual Studio 2017 Deployments
One of the big changes found in Visual Studio 2017 is a complete rewrite of its installation program. Previous builds of Visual Studio were fairly monolithic, requiring significant time and disk space in order to complete their installation. These changes to the installation process have been welcomed, however they require a change in how Visual Studio and its components are detected.
February 28, 2017
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November 2016 (version 1.8)
1.8.1 Recovery Build
December 14, 2016
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OCaml support for VS Code
This is an VS Code extension that provides OCaml language support.
June 8, 2016
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One of Microsoft's Best-Kept Secrets - Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS)
I've talked some about the sweet support for node and PHP in Azure. you can also File | new | Node.js express application in WebMatrix, or run WordPress and get intellisense as well.
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Optimizations in Syntax Highlighting
Visual Studio Code version 1.9 includes a cool performance improvement that we've been working on and I wanted to tell its story.
February 8, 2017
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PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio 2015
n this episode, Robert is joined by Adam Driscoll, author of the very popular PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio. this extension is a set of tools for developing and debugging PowerShell scripts and modules in Visual Studio.
September 21, 2016
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Productivity Power [Tools] Pack 2017 now Available!
I don't know about you, but one of the very first things I install for Visual Studio is the Productivity Power Tools. not having a version that was compatible with VS 2017 was real bummer.
January 23, 2017
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Productivity Power Tools 2017
In this episode, Robert is joined by Justin Clareburt, who shows off the Visual Studio 2017 version of the Productivity Power Tools, a collection of 15 extensions that provide additional features for the Visual Studio IDE. Justin covers:
April 5, 2017
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Putting EditorConfig to Work in Visual Studio
One of the features included in Visual Studio 2017's first release Candidate (RC) was support for the EditorConfig standard. Adhering to this standard allows developers to define a coding style once and then easily reuse that style across different editors.
January 10, 2017
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Rearchitecting Visual Studio 2017
In this episode, Robert is joined by Art Leonard, who explains how and why Visual Studio was rearchitected to support faster and more flexible installs. He discusses the Core Editor, breaking up the product into smaller parts, installing workloads, the ability to install multiple versions of Visual Studio (eg Pro and Enterprise) side-by-side, early access to new features with the Visual Studio Preview and more.
April 26, 2017
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Redesigning the Visual Studio Installation Experience
One of the big release themes for the next version of Visual Studio is improvements to installation and updating the product. the Visual Studio team has been hard at work refactoring the installation experience to be smaller by default, faster and more reliable, and easier to manage.
June 15, 2016
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Release Management with Team Services
Learn the fundamentals of release Management, how it relates to DevOps, and benefits it and continuous deployment bring to any organization. More specifically, I will present an overview of release Management. I will also cover what Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Services are.
March 14, 2017
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Robert Green Gets the Most from Visual Studio at DEVintersection Fall Count Down Show #6
Are you getting the most from Visual Studio? Robert Green and Richard Campbell discuss the huge number of features in Visual Studio that often go overlooked by busy developers. at DEVintersection you can attend sessions that will show you features of Studio that can increase your productivity and software quality.
September 20, 2016
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RoomAlive Toolkit Revisited
Been a while since we've covered RoomAlive, so when I this this download I thought it a good time to revisit the project...
March 2, 2017
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Roslynator and Roslynator Refactorings for Visual Studio 2017
Josef Pihrt, whose projects we've highlighted a few times (Roslyn Tools, Analyzers, Refactorings and source..., the Essential C# Snippet Source..., Snippetica, 1,581 Snippets and Counting...) has updated his awesome Roslynator and Roslynator Refactorings for Visual Studio 2017 (More VS 2017 information here, Visual Studio Downloads, download it directly, Visual Studio 2017 RC)
January 9, 2017
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Running the Latest .NET Core SDK on Visual Studio Team Services Hosted Build Agent
Depending on your project, you might need to run the latest version of the .NET Core SDK on your hosted build agent. Hosted agents are pulled from the VSTS hosted pool. with great flexibility comes great responsibility, so the build agent has some limitations when it comes to picking the software that needs to be deployed.
July 7, 2016
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Second preview of Visual Studio Tools for Tizen released
Microsoft announced today in a blog post the release of the second preview of Visual Studio Tools for Tizen, developed by Samsung. Tizen is a Linux-based open-source OS that powers more than 50 million Samsung devices. this includes wearables, TVs, and in the future it may be the OS running on all Samsung products.
February 1, 2017
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"Secret" Productivity Tips for Visual Studio 2017
I've written a few blog posts thus far regarding Visual Studio 2017, so I thought I would take some time to discuss of the features that were introduced in this latest version that might help your productivity, or that you just may find useful.
April 7, 2017
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September 2016 (version 1.6)
1.6.1 Recovery Build
October 10, 2016
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Set PowerShell as Visual Studio Code's Integrated Terminal
Visual Studio Code v1.2.0 was just released with a bunch of new great features! One of the most desired ones was an integrated terminal. In Windows, by default this is cmd.exe.
June 7, 2016
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Setting Up Visual Studio for F# Development
Today I'm going to talk about how to get your environment setup to use F#. as I mentioned before in my last video, I am a C# developer in my regular job. My assumption is that if you are also a C# developer that you use Visual Studio to write the majority of your code and you already have it installed. If you don't use Visual Studio, that is ok, because in my next video I am going to show you how to setup a different editor for writing F#. Today, I am going to walk you through the steps that you need to take in order to start using Visual Studio for F# Development.
November 14, 2016
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Shaping the Future of Visual Studio
Taking a page out of the Windows Insider's Program, Microsoft has started an early access program for Visual Studio. Called Visual Studio Preview, the program allows anyone interested in the future of Visual Studio to participate. Installers have been provided for each of the three major Visual Studio editions (Community, Professional, and Enterprise), which allow developers to see how new features function in their tool.
March 15, 2017
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Simplifying Form Creation with XAML Power Toys
Developers writing XAML-based data bound applications have a new way to automate the routine process of generating data-entry code. Karl Shifflett has written XAML Power Toys for Visual Studio 2015 (XPT), an extension that greatly simplifies the tedious process of writing data entry forms.
September 7, 2016
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SOLID Design Patterns
In this episode, Robert is joined by Phil Japikse for a chat about design patterns. Software design patterns have been around long before the MVC Framework gained momentum. Phil starts with a review of Robert C. Martin's (Uncle Bob) SOLID macronym. After building the proper foundation,he reviews several design patterns, their C# implementation and when and how they should be used in modern software development.
January 11, 2017
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Solution Explorer gets Markdown
A few weeks ago I highlighted an article on turning VSCode into an awesome Markdown editor, Marvelous Markdown with VSCode.
August 08, 2016
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Spell Checker for VS 2017
I don't know about you, but I need all the help I can get with the spelling of my strings in my code. Seems there's always one or two words I butcher...
February 13, 2017
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SQL Server Extension for Visual Studio Code
In this episode, Robert is joined by Eric Kang, who shows the SQL Server extension for Visual Studio Code. with this extension, you can connect to SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouses, create and manage connection profiles and most recently used connections, write T-SQL scripts with IntelliSense and Go to Definition, execute your scripts and view results in a simple to use grid, and save the result to json or csv file format and view in the editor.
January 4, 2017
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Squish that Whitespace
Today's Visual Studio extension from Omar Rwemi is simple, yet shows off the kinds of things you can do in the code editor window.
April 10, 2017
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Sublime Text vs Visual Studio Code vs Atom Performance Test (Dec 2016)
Speaking of text editor, I have been using Sublime Text for around 3 years, and I have no issues with it. I tried Atom one or two year ago and I was impressed by its active community (GitHub! I love GitHub). the UI especially intrigued me. the reason I sticked with Sublime Text was performance: Atom was slow, even after when Atom 1.0 was announced.
January 1, 2017
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Misc. - T

Targeting Linux Made Easier in Visual Studio 2015
The Visual C++ for Linux extension provides Visual Studio 2015 users with the ability to write C or C++ code in VS2015 and then deploy the code to a Linux-based system for compilation and debugging. Source code and project files are transferred via SSH to the remote machine, and the program's output is shown from within Visual Studio.
September 15, 2016
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Telemetry for the Bot Framework
In this session we cover telemetry and learning from users for bots built with the Microsoft Bot Framework.
March 23, 2017
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The future of Microsoft's languages: C# to be powerful, Visual Basic friendly
A change that should have been made fifteen years ago.
February 1, 2017
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The next versions of Visual Studio are here on Windows... and Mac
Visual Studio '15' gets a real name, and Microsoft bestowed the VS brand on Xamarin Studio.
November 16, 2016
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The Xamarin Show 2: Continuous Integration with Simina Pasat
This week, James is joined by Simina Pasat, HockeyApp Program Manager, who walks us through exactly what Continuous Integration (CI) is and how it applies to mobile application development.
September 14, 2016
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There's an Arduino in your VS Code...
The final post for the VS Code Theme week comes from the man, the myth, the legend in his own mind :) Fabien Royer.
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Time Savers, the Definition of a VS Extension
It's the day after Christmas. You've gotten some cool tech gifts, so of course you're firing up Visual Studio to get to coding for/against/with them.
December 25, 2016
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Tools for Apache Cordova Updates in Visual Studio
In this episode, Robert is joined by Jordan Matthiesen, who shows us enhancements to the Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO). Jordan shows how quickly you can install Visual Studio 2017 with just the Mobile development with JavaScript workload (less than 10 minutes!) [03:30]. He demonstrates new Ionic templates in Visual Studio 2015 [05:30]. He then shows several new features in VS 2017 that speed up the edit-debug cycle [14:45], including a new browser based simulator, live reload and plugin simulation.
November 30, 2016
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Tuesdays with Corey: Coolness of Visual Studio Azure Functions Tools!
Corey Sanders, Director of Program Management on the Microsoft Azure Compute team dives into Azure Functions ONCE AGAIN. this time we have Donna Malayeri, Program Manager on the Azure Functions team showing us the new Visual Studio Azure Functions tools.
January 11, 2017
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TWC9: Visual Studio 2017 Powers Up your Productivity, Holoportation, Slack on the C64 and more...
This week on Channel 9, Nikola and new host Kriti Jindal discuss the week's top developer news, including;
December 2, 2016
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Two Hot Visual Studio Extensions, Hot Keys and Hot Commands
Today we've got two hot extensions from Justin Clareburt, two extensions that will help you save time and effort...
December 12, 2016
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Misc. - U

Use the mssql extension for Visual Studio Code
This topic shows how to use the mssql extension for Visual Studio Code (VS Code) to develop SQL Server databases.+
November 17, 2016
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Using Distributed Caching in .NET Applications with NCache (Open Source)
This videos gives an overview of how you can use NCache to scale your .NET applications. NCache is a 100% Native .NET Open Source distributed cache (released under Apache License, Version 2.0).
October 12, 2016
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Using Espresso Tests
In this episode, Donovan Brown is joined by Adam Barlow, who shows how to use Espresso tests with Xamarin Test Cloud and Visual Studio Team Services. He shows how to leverage your existing Espresso tests with in your continuous integration build.
February 22, 2017
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Using Git and GitHub
In this episode, Robert is joined by Jeremy Foster, who just did a GitHub for Windows users course for Microsoft Virtual Academy. Here, he focuses on how you can use GitHub in both Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code.
October 5, 2016
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Using Java Build Script Tasks in Visual Studio Code
The shortcoming with Tasks was that you could only define one, which is (in my humble opinion) by design to help developers by forcing them to create a build script rather than setting up tasks, as a build script is not coupled to the IDE and can be used elsewhere.
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Using the Desktop Bridge
In this episode, Robert is joined by Stefan Wick, who shows how to convert a desktop app to a UWP app using the Desktop Bridge.
October 12, 2016
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Using the Kanban Board
In this episode, Donovan Brown makes his debut as a co-host. He is joined by Sondra Batbold, who shows the Kanban board in Visual Studio Team Services. She shows how quickly you can customize the board to fit your team and how it is integrated with Microsoft Teams.
December 6, 2016
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Using the new IntelliSense: Pascal Case
Now this one is seriously awesome! Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to use IntelliSense to get a method but there are a TON of methods that start with same word and you have to type almost the entire method name?
January 5, 2017
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Utilizing Keyboard Shortcuts in Visual Studio
Visual Studio has a rich and powerful command system that enables users to take full control of the IDE from the keyboard.
February 1, 2017
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UWP Community Toolbox
In this episode, Robert is joined by David Catuhe, the project lead for the UWP Community Toolkit, an open-source collection of helper functions, custom controls, and app services that simplifies and demonstrates common developer tasks for building UWP apps for Windows 10. David shows how easy it is to use the Toolkit and discusses some of the motivation and goals behind its creation.
August 31, 2016
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UWP++ with UWP Community Toolkit 1.1
Remember when I highlighted the UWP Community Toolkit, Do you UWP? Then you'll want this...? how I stated that if you build UWP app's, you HAVE to get it?
October 12, 2016
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Misc. - V

Visual F# Tools
In this episode, Robert is joined by Phillip Carter, who shows F# 4.1 and the Visual F# Tools for Visual Studio 2017. Phillip shows that the F# Tools now use Roslyn and so you get the same IDE experience you enjoy in C# and VB. and he demonstrates scenarios that showcase the power and efficiency of writing code with F#.
April 12, 2017
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Visual Studio 15 Improves C++ Project Loading
As we continue our review of the performance improvements that are part of Visual Studio 15, today we will take a look at some new functionality that should help C++ developers. this new feature is C++ specific and is called Faster Project Load (FPL).
October 27, 2016
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Visual Studio '15' will make it easier to turn a Windows desktop app into a UWP app for Windows 10
Microsoft has announced the Desktop to UWP Packaging Project for its upcoming Visual Studio "15" developer tools, which should make it easier to convert Windows desktop apps to Windows 10 UWP apps.
May 16, 2016
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Visual Studio "15" Improves Performance and Usability
As the development of Visual Studio "15" has progressed, Microsoft has continued to discuss the efforts it is taking to improve both the execution speed and the size of the installed application. the fifth technical preview has been released, bringing more examples of these improvements.
October 10, 2016
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Visual Studio "15" Preview 4 Released
Among the first details of Visual Studio "15" that has emerged, one surrounds the program's installation process. Throughout the years the program has added functionality, which resulted in a larger disk space footprint as well as a lengthier installation time. with VS15, Microsoft intends to shorten the installation time for developers by allowing them to select only the features of Visual Studio that they want.
August 30, 2016
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Visual Studio 2017 - Update 2 Preview
Microsoft continues to use the Visual Studio Preview track as a test bed to explore new features, while using the general public to test how the additions perform in the real-world. this provides developers with a chance to see what is being developed, and enables them to give Microsoft their early feedback as to how the product should behave.
April 26, 2017
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Visual Studio 2017 Brings F# 4.1
The Visual Studio 2017 release in early March included F# 4.1 and an update of the Visual F# tools. F# 4.1 brings improvements and interoperation with C# 7 while the tools are the first version supporting the Roslyn workspaces.
March 29, 2017
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Visual Studio 2017 can automatically recommend NuGet packages for unknown types
There's a great feature in Visual Studio 2015.3 and Visual Studio 2017 that is turned off by default. It does use about ~10 megs of memory but it makes me so happy that I turn it on.
March 30, 2017
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Visual Studio 2017 Extensions Update
If you are a Visual Studio Extension writer, then with last week's release of Visual Studio 2017 RC, there's some important things you need to know.
November 21, 2016
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Visual Studio 2017 now Supports Git Via SSH
Git remains a growing, if not an essential part of most developer's toolkits, and making its myriad of features accessible is an important part of any modern IDE. In Visual Studio 2017, Microsoft has expanded the number of Git features available to developers from its UI rather than having to resort to using Git from the command line.
March 28, 2017
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Visual Studio 2017 Officially Released
Visual Studio 2017 has been officially released to developers, the culmination of a development process that began with the first preview that was made publicly available on March 2016. One year later, VS2017 brings a new workflow-based installer, and improved support for mobile and cloud application development. DevOps support has been expanded to make deploying to Azure and Docker containers easier from within the IDE.
March 7, 2017
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Visual Studio 2017 RC3 Adds .NET Core, Delays Python Support
Visual Studio 2017 saw its third release Candidate become available last week, overcoming a minor stumble as the first attempt had some difficulties with the installer. with those issue corrected, it is now worth reviewing what has been provided with this batch of changes.
January 31, 2017
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Visual Studio 2017 Update Focuses on Stability
The redesigned installer and setup engine included in Visual Studio 2017 is designed to allow Microsoft to rapidly deploy changes to their flagship development software. Benefits of this approach are already appearing as the first named update to VS2017 is available only one month after its initial rollout.
April 13, 2017
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Visual Studio Code
We are releasing a 1.11.1 update to address a handful of issues.
April 5, 2017
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Visual Studio Code 1.9 Extends Tasks, Improves Markdown Support and Terminal Performance
Following its monthly release cycle, Microsoft Visual Studio Code has reached version 1.9, which includes support for multiple-command tasks, synchronized markdown preview, faster terminal, and more.
February 8, 2017
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Visual Studio Code and Web Development
In this episode, Robert is joined by John Papa, who explains and shows why he is a huge fan of Visual Studio Code and has adopted it for Web development. Among the topics they discuss in this freewheeling show are learning new technologies, JavaScript. TypeScript, Angular, and of course lots of features in Visual Studio Code.
June 14, 2016
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Visual Studio Code Condensed
Visual Studio Code is a Free, lightweight programming editor, available for Windows, Linux and Mac. It is open source and very actively developed. the monthly updates always include many new features and improvements. Thanks to a lively community ecosystem, numerous additional functionalities are available as free extensions.
February 7, 2017
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Visual Studio Code now Supports Debugging of iOS Web Apps
A new extension for Visual Studio Code aims to allow developers to debug JavaScript web apps and sites running on iOS devices directly from their editor both on Mac and Windows, writes Microsoft program manager for JavaScript Diagnostics Kenneth Auchenberg.
August 31, 2016
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Visual Studio Development -- Productivity Enhancements in Visual Studio 2017 RC
If you want to be more productive, you have to save more time or more effort on the tasks you perform every day. Visual Studio 2017 RC boosts your productivity with automated tasks and improved navigation, as well as with immediate feedback on the quality and state of your code.
November 14, 2016
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Visual Studio Docker Tools for building ASP.NET Core Web Apps -- the September Release
In this video we Seth and Steve talk about the September (0.40) release of the Visual Studio Tools for Docker. we drill into the latest changes, including building development and release docker images for debugging locally, and building and debugging a release image. Steve talks about changing razor and .cs files, and how they're building an iterative experience within Visual Studio.
September 15, 2016
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Visual Studio Preview gives developers early look at upcoming features
Microsoft is giving developers a way to check out new features coming to Visual Studio a little early with the new Visual Studio Preview. Initially spotted by WalkingCat on Twitter, Visual Studio Preview looks to offer developers a way to work with and provide feedback on changes to the IDE before they go live.
March 9, 2017
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Visual Studio toolkit will build bootable apps
Open source Cosmos, due next year, reduces hardware dependencies for C#, F#, and Visual Basic
December 1, 2016
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Visual Studio Tools for Azure Functions
Note: this is a do-over of this episode. the first time Andrew and I recorded this, we weren't happy with how it turned out. So we rerecorded the episode. Unfortunately, on 1/25 we accidentally published the version we didn't like. we have now (1/31) updated this post with the second, much better version. we apologize for the mix-up.
January 25, 2017
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Visual Studio Update 3
Today, we are happy to announce the release of Visual Studio 2015 Update 3. One of the top issues reported in Update 2 was around high memory consumption. we addressed this issue in Update 3 RC, reached out to customers who had reported this issue, and received positive confirmation on the fix. In Update 3 you will see many such fixes addressing customer feedback around performance and stability.
June 27, 2016
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VS Macro Magic how To
As Dev's, we hear that all the time about our code. But what about when using our coding environment?
December 19, 2016
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VS Macros are back!
VBA based macros were removed in VS 2012. Since then, the community has stepped up and released extensions to fill that gap, like Extending Visual Studio with your new buddy, VsCommandBuddy.
May 23, 2016
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VSWhere? VSWhere!
With last week's launch of Visual Studio 2017, one of the much discussed topics was its new setup experience and new side-by-side capability.
March 13, 2017
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What's new for .NET Core and Visual Studio 2017
Announcing .NET Core tools are 1.0! Check out the changes in .NET Core tooling such as csproj and the new dotnet commands. Get a recap of recent .NET Core news. Refresh your knowledge of LTS and Current release trains. Learn about .NET and Docker.
March 7, 2017
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What's new for Desktop Developers in Visual Studio 2017
Visual Studio 2017 comes loaded with many features to help you be even more productive when building great desktop apps. with faster performance, improvements to debugging and code authoring, and so much more, developing your Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), WinForms, or Win32 console apps is now easier, faster, and more powerful.
April 3, 2017
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What's new in .NET Core Tools
The release of the latest Visual Studio 2017 RC coincided with an update to the .NET Core toolset. this release brings several improvements, including changes to templating, the dotnet net command, and many bug fixes. Microsoft's Rich Lander has provided an update as to what .NET Core developers can expect to find in .NET Core RC4.
February 15, 2017
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What's new in Visual Studio 2017
This is the 200th episode of Visual Studio Toolbox and the perfect opportunity to celebrate the release of Visual Studio 2017, as well as the 20th birthday of Visual Studio and the 15th birthday of .NET. Robert shows some a number of new features in Visual Studio 2017, including:
March 29, 2017
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What's new in Xamarin.Forms
In this episode, Robert is joined by James Montemagno, who shows us what is new in the latest version of Xamarin.Forms, which enables you to build a native UI for three platforms with one shared C# codebase. Simply put, if you know C# then you already know how to build iOS, Android, and Windows apps. Xamarin.Forms is already packed with tons of awesome and recently had a major overhaul with Xamarin.Forms 2.0, but the fun didn't stop there as there have been amazing new features introduced. James gives a full break down of all the spectacular features that have been recently released and a peek into the future of Xamarin.Forms.
July 6, 2016
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Windows 10 Developers Encouraged to Upgrade to Visual Studio 2017
Now that Visual Studio 2017 has been released, it only makes sense that Microsoft would begin focusing on it as its default developer platform. a good example of this shift is with the release of the Creators Update SDK for the forthcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. this SDK is only supported in Visual Studio 2017.
March 22, 2017
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Writing and debugging Linux C++ applications from Visual Studio using the "Windows Subsystem for Linux"
I've blogged about the "Windows Subsystem for Linux" (also known as "Bash on Ubuntu on Windows") many times before. Response to this Windows feature has been a little funny because folks try to:
April 12, 2017
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Writing Visual Studio 2015 Extensions? You'll want these Templates...
As our first post of the year, and the first "Extension Monday" of the year, this project seemed perfect to share...
January 1, 2017
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