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What the Single Responsibility Design Principle Has to Do with C# Best Practices

In this Q&A, highly regarded developer and educator Scott Allen shares his thoughts on coding with C#.

VS Team Services Sprint 108 Is More Like a Jog

Visual Studio Team Services is at Sprint 108 this week, and it might seem like a lightweight with mainly fixes, but it does pack quite a few new features -- integrating Team-based collaboration features, build and replace enhancements, Docker support -- to be worthy of attention.

Organize Your Tests to Reduce Overhead

In test-driven development, you have to decide how you'll divide your test methods between your test classes. The best solution is the one that requires the least effort on your part and implements the Single Responsibility Principle for tests.

Microsoft Teams Is New and Part of Visual Studio Team Services

Microsoft Teams is a new chat-based service that's part of Office 365, used for real-time conversation and collaboration among various team members connected to projects. It's also being incorporated into Visual Studio Team Services.

SpecFlow Two-Step Parameter Conversions

Here's how to use SpecFlow to convert plain-text scenario steps into .NET types.

Integrating HockeyApp with UWP on Windows 10

HockeyApp SDK for Universal Windows Platform apps is out now, supporting all HockeyApp features from within UWP apps on Windows 10, including full symbolication for .NET Native store apps.

Strategies for Debugging Lots of C++ Objects Effectively

When you have code that is called for many objects it's hard to go through all them and just check line by line. How can you more efficiently debug lots of code?

UWP Community Toolkit 1.1 Enhancements

One month after release, there's already a slew of fixes and enhancements that are responses to user feedback to the toolkit. Also, it's now a .NET Foundation project.

Make Your Code Faster with noexcept

That noexcept keyword is tricky, but just know that if you use it, your coding world will spin faster.

Best Practices for Loosely Coupled Classes

In an object-oriented world you create flexible applications by combining objects. You'll want to keep those objects loosely coupled, though, so that a change in one class doesn't force you to rewrite every class. Here's how to keep them loosely coupled.

A .NET Developer's Life, or How To Do Production Debugging on the Fly

A case study in swift .NET application debugging using a variety of free tools that can help keep a client happy.

Team Foundation Server 15 RC2 Deemed Production-Ready

Microsoft's Visual Studio team says that even though it's a release candidate, it can be used for developing production-ready apps, which the company has dogfooded it internally. Also: Pricing for Release Management available, now that it's a part of TFS '15' RC2.

Adobe SaaS Offerings Depend Even More on Azure

From Microsoft Ignite: The partnership that kicked off between the two companies two years ago takes another leap forward into the cloud in a big way.

Visual Studio '15' Has New Setup Engine

The Visual Studio team said the goal with the new setup engine is to speed up installations, as well as install only what is necessary for what the developer requires.

Azure Service Fabric on Linux Preview at Microsoft Ignite

At Microsoft's conference later this month, it will show off the microservice-based ALM too. It won't have Visual Studio support, but developers will be able to use Linux dev tools to allow Service Fabric to tap into Linux VMs.

Custom Work Item Types Now a Thing in Visual Studio Team Services Sprint 105

Full process customization gets nearer to reality with the ability to create custom work item types. Plus, work item history and release management get more refined in this month's Web release.

Visual Studio Team Services Sprints to #104

Updates to pull requests, continuous integration features, and build definitions, and work items are highlights of the latest sprint released at the beginning of this month.

Fit, Finish Features Are Highlights in Visual Studio 15 Preview 4

Many of the new features previewed in the IDE -- setup engine, revamped the Start Page, quick launch from clone, etc. -- have been enhanced and improved. Dozens of language-specific improvements are also embedded in this fourth preview.

PowerShell on Linux? It's About Time

Microsoft is open sourcing its popular scripting language and porting it to the Linux and Mac OSX platforms. PowerShell capabilities will also reach into the cloud via extensions for Microsoft Operations Management Suite.

DevOps is In The Details, Says Microsoft's Brown

How can developers gain the trust of the operations side? As Microsoft's Donovan Brown explains in a Visual Studio Live! keynote, automation is key in gaining that trust. He then live-demoed a DevOps pipeline within an Azure environment to prove his point.

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