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Office Developer Tools for VS 2015 Adds New Project Type

Outlook Add-in with Commands project type is a preview, as is new SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 templates for farm and sandboxed solutions.

Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 1.1 Has More (Intelli)Sense

New version is a point release, with bug fixes and more polished performance, but it also incorporates a cleaner looking mode fo IntelliSense.

Leveraging Interfaces Instead of Inheritance

If you need to have objects look alike but don't have any code to share, you don't need inheritance -- you need an interface. Here's an example of how interfaces provide a more flexible way to deal with similar-but-different classes.

Clang with Microsoft CodeGen: A VS 2015 Update 1 Gem

It's just one facet of the recent Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 release, but it's one that Visual C++ developers are excited to deploy. The update also includes numerous fixes to the standard library.

Microsoft Open Sources Chakra JavaScript Engine Components

The company is looking for the developer community's help in rewriting the newly dubbed ChakraCore to work on Linux, OS X, and other platforms.

Visual Studio Code 0.10.3 Fixes Performance Snag

Users reported a number of startup and performance issues since the beta release of Visual Studio Code in mid-November.

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1, TFS 2015 Update 1 RTM

Final releases of VS 2015 Update 1, TFS Update 1 follow quickly after release candidates that were announced during Microsoft's Connect() event in November.

Cortana, Power BI Integration Now In Preview

Developers can start testing a new feature that will allow users to ask Cortana to vocalize queries of data residing in Power BI-connected data sources.

Overloading TypeScript Functions

TypeScript has some "interesting" limitations when it comes to overloading functions. But it also offers you some options when you need more flexibility in declaring functions, including both optional parameters and infinite parameter lists.

Cortana, How Do I Add You To My Windows Apps?

With the Universal Windows Platform, you can now build apps that truly interact with the new digital assistant for Windows. In this article, Nick Randolph walks through using Cortana to launch and interact with your application.

Performance, Scalability Improved in SQL Server 2012 SP3

Latest service pack comes more than a year after the last service pack, and also adds a number of enhanced monitoring capabilities.

Microsoft Sheds Light on Open Source Developments

Microsoft's Jay Schmelzer described the current state of the developer group's open source efforts in Redmond at a Live! 360 Conference keynote.

The Easiest Way to Share Code: NuGet

You want to use a DLL in multiple projects (it's even possible that other developers at your company might find your DLL helpful). The easiest way to distribute and deploy that DLL, or any other combination of files, is with NuGet. Really.

Developers First Line of Defense When Adopting DevOps

From Live! 360: A move to DevOps requires several key changes, including the idea that end product delivered to customers will have its imperfections. So, it's key that developers get in front of that with continuous app testing, debugging and delivery to keep the IT machine running smoothly.

What's in iOS 9 for C# Developers?

A high-level look at some of the more interesting features of the newest Apple mobile OS that can trip up C# developers making apps for it.

Microsoft Showcases Visual Studio Dev Essentials, Visual Studio Code in New York

Microsoft packages a handful of developer-related services into an Essentials-style pack, and submits Visual Studio Code to beta testing. Oh yeah, and it's also being open sourced.

Sencha Ext JS Offers .NET Devs Short Cuts for Web Apps

Preview of new plugin from the developers of the Sencha Web Application Lifecyle Management Platform allows .NET developers to write JavaScript code as if it were native to Visual Studio.

Xamarin 4's New Mac Agent Gives Devs More Direct Path to iOS Apps

New additions include the Mac agent for native iOS app development within the Visual Studio IDE, as well as a beta of Xamarin Insights and updates to Xamarin Forms and Xamarin Test Cloud.

10 ORM and Data Tier Management Tools for Visual Studio

Let these tools generate your data access layer, saving you time and headaches. There's something here for the simplest or most complex projects.

Project Oxford Gets Emotional for 'Movember'

Project Oxford team releases public beta of emotion tool that recognizes a core set of emotional states, which developers can embed into .NET apps.

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