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What's In Xamarin for Visual Studio Developers?

Developer evangelist James Montemagno explains the benefits that developers will derive in the coming months as a result of the company's acquisition by Microsoft earlier in the year (one hint: open source). He also doesn't hide his affinity for a certain mobile platform.

Team Foundation Server 15 RC1 Trots Out New UI

A release candidate for TFS '15' comes with UI changes on the Web side and a slew of improvements to Agile planning capabilities, Git, Build, and Release Management, to name a few (as well gobs of bug fixes).

.NET Framework 4.6.2 Ready for Prime Time

The .NET team has released a production-ready incremental update to .NET Framework that sports a number of improvements to the innerworkings of the Base Class Library, Common Language Runtime, and ClickOnce technology.

Xamarin Supports .NET Standard Libraries

Support for .NET Standard Libraries means Xamarin apps can share code among other .NET platforms, including .NET Core and ASP.NET Core.

Docker for Windows, Mac Now Available

The container technology company has made its tools that allow for streamlining the process of spinning up and managing Docker containers on Windows and Mac environments generally available.

UWP for Visual Studio 2015 U3 Released for Windows 10 AU

With the release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update, there's now a version of the Universal Windows Platform app development tools for Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 that specifically targets it.

Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 2015 1.2 Improves on Productivity

Latest update includes support for more recent Node.js release, as well as quite a few productivity enhancements and bug fixes.

Visual Studio Team Foundation Services Update: Archiving, Jenkins Support

Sprint 102 adds two new build tasks, one for archiving files on various platforms, and another for queuing up Jenkins jobs.

Visual F# Update To Include .NET Core Project Editing, Compiling

A preview of the forthcoming Visual F# Tools for F# 4.1 to be released later this year includes support for F# 4.1, editing and compiling .NET Core and .NET Framework projects, as well as support for tuples, struct records, and a number of other F# language enhancements.

Syncfusion's .NET Tools Updated with Xamarin, JavaScript Support

Highlights of Syncfusion Essential Studio Enterprise Edition 2016 Volume 2 are a number of Agile-related components on the Xamarin end, and support for Aurelia and Angular 2 on the JavaScript end. There's also a slew of UWP additions as well.

Developer Assistant Adds 21 Millions Samples of C++ to the Mix

Microsoft's Bing-powered code searching tool now adds contextually aware coding help for those writing C++ code.

Generally Available: Azure Storage Node Client Library

First previewed at Build 2016, this GA version comes with a number of samples for getting started with building Node.js apps that can take full advantage of Azure Blob, File, Table and Queue storage.

2-for-1: Application Insights Widget for VSTS, Azure Toolkit Update

Microsoft offers up a new dashboard widget for Visual Studio Team Services that monitors performance, and updates the Azure Toolkit with support for Java Web Apps.

VS 2015 Tooling Update for Unity Game Devs

Among the changes in Visual Studio 2015 Tools for Unity is a fix for an issue that prevented the abiltity to debug Unity games that incorporated Xamarin. It also incorporates support for Visual Studio 2015 function breakpoints and access to Unity MonoBehaviours.

Workbench, Editor Updates Make Visual Studio Code June Release

The Visual Studio team's latest update includes quite a number of enhancements, including tab, workbench, and editor improvements/addition, and some new debugging options.

TypeScript 2.0 Beta Supports Nullable Types

Besides support for nullable types, a beta of TypeScript 2.0 is now available that includes a smoother way of working with declaration files and makes module declarations more efficient.

Visual Studio 15, Team Foundation Server 15 Preview Now Available

IDE usage improvements, addition of Exception helper and Xamarin 4.1 are highlights of this release, notes John Montgomery, head of Visual Studio development.

Visual Studio 2015 Update 3, .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0 Out Now

Finalized versions of Microsoft's venerable software technologies are now generally available, and for Visual Studio 2015 U3, it includes the resolution of some high memory consumption issues that bedeviled some larger VS customers.

Checked C Targets More Secure, Reliable C Language Coding

Microsoft Research is open sourcing the project to help extend the C language, while also aiming to make it more secure and reliable.

Azure DevTest Labs Extension for VSTS Now at GA

A preview of the extension for spinning up Azure development and test environments right from within Visual Studio Team Services is now no longer a preview.

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