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.

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.

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.

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.

Long Wait Over for Team Foundation Server 2015 Management Pack for System Center

Finally out of development, SCOM Management Pack for TFS 2015 allows monitoring of TFS 2015 from System Center Operations Manager.

Visual Studio Fares Well in IDE Report

Strategy Analytics ranks the mobile developer environments from Apple, Google, and Microsoft, with Visual Studio getting slightly outpointed by Xcode.

Updates to Visual C++ Include New Build Tool, Experimental Editor Tools

With Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 comes a few changes to the build tools as well as the addition of experimental tools in Visual C++.

Cloud Foundry Now Supports .NET, Azure Natively

Pivotal's Cloud Foundry 1.6 platform allows .NET apps to run on Pivotal's cloud, as well as on a number of ALM toolchain products.

Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 Updates Near RTW

Vast list of improvements and changes across the board for the Microsoft developer tools platforms as the products get closer to final Web release: support for iOS 9 and Android Marshmallow in Tools for Apache Cordova, and a number of improvements specific to Visual C#, Visual C++and Node.js Tools for VS.

.NET Framework Dons the Red Hat with Deeper Linux Integration

Microsoft and Red Hat join forces to provide more Red Hat solution capabilities in the Azure public cloud, as well as .NET Framework integration with Red Hat platform offerings.

Visual Studio Online Defines 'Visual' in New Team Interface

Latest sprint comes with new dashboard capabilities that are meant to replace the Team Overview page, as well as improved pull request and testing features.

Revamped ReSharper Ultimate 10

The Visual Studio coding extension suite from JetBrains has a whole host of improvements, and includes a new build tool.

SQL Server 2016 Breaks Out

Microsoft reveals a community technology preview of the venerable RDBMS that sports Always Encrypted technology and built-in R language services, among other features. Also in preview: Azure Data Lake Store and Analytics Services and Azure SQL Database In-Memory OLTP and Operational Analytics.

Language API from Project Oxford in Public Beta

Microsoft has offered a few of the machine learning APIs to developers to incorporate into apps. Out in public beta now is LUIS, the Language Understanding Intelligent Service that now has Chinese language support and adds dozens of prebuilt models.

Xamarin Bolsters Cross-Platform Tools with RoboVM Buy

The acquisition adds Java development capabilities to the company's cross-platform development arsenal.

Securing ASP.NET: Find a Flaw, Get $15K

Microsoft's ASP.NET team is willing to pay $15,000 to developers who discover specific security gaps in .NET Core and ASP.NET.

Visual Studio Online Supports Azure AD Groups

Sprint 89 now has support for Azure Active Directory Groups, and previews a new work item form that will be the basis for work item forms moving forward.

Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 Updated

Three months from their original releases, both tool suites have a handful of fit-and-finish improvements meant to smoothe over the development process.

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