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7 Tools That Bring Cross-Platform Languages into Visual Studio

It's been another great year for new development tools and technologies. Here are some that bring cross-platform development languages or capabilities into Visual Studio.

Microsoft Updates Band SDK

New features in SDK allow more expanded health-tracking capabilities for Visual Studio developers who want to develop apps for second-generation Band.

Opening a Dialog Box in an ASP.NET MVC Page

There are lots of benefits to gathering information by opening a dialog box instead of sending your user to another page. Fortunately, jQuery and ASP.NET MVC make it easy to do (and you don't have to worry about offending pop-up blockers).

.NET Framework 4.6.1 Improves on WPF, SQL Connectivity

.NET Framework 4.6.1 released. Meanwhile, variations of .NET Framework 4.x older than 4.5.2 are approaching end of support.

Events and the Xamarin MessagingCenter

Application code needs to raise events and respond to them. The MessagingCenter makes this whole process much simpler than standard .NET events.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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