.NET Framework


A Visual Studio Trick for Creating External Lists for SharePoint

Make Visual Studio do the hard work to simplify the creation of external lists that can be used to connect outside data to your SharePoint projects.

With Patch Tuesday Comes .NET Framework 4.5.2

The .NET Framework update will include debugging and tracing capabilities in this round and will be automatically delivered to those using Windows Server Update Services.

ReSharper Tips for Quicker Code Delivery

JetBrains's .NET plug-in will make quick work of code inspections and refactoring. Here are a few tips to work with it that will have you wondering what to do with all your newfound free time.

Creating Complex XML Documents with XML Literals

If you're creating an XML document and want to write code that you'll actually be able to maintain … well, it may be time to learn a little Visual Basic, just so you can use XML Literals. It's a good solution even for C# shops.

Microsoft Mobile Report Offers Developers Pointers on App Success

A December report on Windows Phone Store app downloads also offers some tips for developers looking to make it big with their mobile apps.

Designing UIs for Multiple iOS 8 Devices

Even Apple devices aren't immune to the dreaded OS fragmentation problem. Thankfully, Xamarin has a solution, and Wally looks into it this month.

Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server Pricing, Licensing Updated

Microsoft's new build/test pricing and licensing reductions that were proposed last month are now in effect.

Integrating JavaScript with TypeScript (and Backbone and Knockout)

Peter looks at how to call a JavaScript function from your TypeScript code and do it in a type-safe way. Along the way, he dramatically simplifies a Backbone application by integrating Knockout.

Leveraging a Visual Studio Database Project

Peter shows how a Visual Studio database project can make you more productive when making changes to your database. But a database project also gives you a variety of tools to let you keep track of what those changes are -- which will make moving those changes to your production environment considerably safer.

How To Take Control of Amazon Web Services from Within Your .NET Application

See how the .NET SDK uses consistent naming and patterns, making it easy to work with the myriad of Web services that AWS provides.

Bing Developer Assistant Released

Bing Developer Assistant takes code searching to another level, searching well over 19M code samples, and adds contextual help and better error resolution from within Visual Studio.

Neural Network Back-Propagation using Python

Python is James's preferred language for hybrid environments. Here's how to implement neural network back-propagation training using it.

Top 7 2014 Dev Tool Releases You Should Know About

It's been a great year for new development tools and technologies. We look back at seven releases that didn't get all the attention they deserve.

VB Is Not Dead: Coming Language Features in Visual Basic 14

Microsoft skips to naming the next version of Visual Basic, and commits to new language developments that are planned for release at the same time as the release of Visual Studio 15.

In Praise of the Maintenance Programmer

The developers building new applications are very nice people, of course. But the real heroes of the programming world are the developers maintaining and extending existing applications.

Open Source, Cross Platform .NET: Round One to Microsoft

So far, so good on the work Microsoft has done, but it still has lots of work to do to get more of its proprietary offerings into the open source development pipeline. The other challenge is being able to monetize it where it makes sense.

Microsoft To Integrate HockeyApp Into Application Insights

Recent acquisition to bolster performance and monitoring of applications through Application Insights service that will be included in forthcoming Visual Studio releases.

All Talk: Using the Mediator Pattern in .NET Framework

How can one class communicate with each another, yet know nothing about that other class? That's where the mediator pattern comes in, and Eric shows how to employ it in a .NET chat application.

Simplifying Development with Visual Studio Database Projects

Peter learns something by listening to readers: Visual Studio database projects provide a great environment for making changes to your databases. Here's a brief introduction about how they'll make life easier for you and all the steps for setting one up.

Tips for Creating Windows Phone Apps Using Blend for Visual Studio 2015

Nick looks at the preview release of Blend for Visual Studio 2015 and demonstrates some tips and tricks that will save you time and help you build better looking Windows Phone applications.

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