• Visual Studio Toolbox

    22 New Tools and Extensions for Visual Studio 2017

    Summer is coming to a close, and there's a new class of Visual Studio tools and extensions available specifically for the latest release, Visual Studio 2017. 09/21/2017

  • News

    GrapeCity Offers Spreadsheet Server API Across .NET Platforms

    GrapeCity Developer Solutions enhanced its portfolio of .NET developer components with a new spreadsheet server API for creating and working with Microsoft Excel-compatible spreadsheets. 09/21/2017

  • News

    How Microsoft Graph Provides an 'Internet of Your Things'

    It can't help with your teen's geometry homework, but it can make your life as a developer in the Microsoft ecosystem much easier, said Microsoft exec Mark Stafford, who explained just how that works in today's Visual Studio Live! keynote address in Chicago. 09/20/2017

  • News

    JNBridge Offers Java Coding in Visual Studio

    Java/.NET bridging specialist is soliciting developers to try out its upcoming Java.VS extension, which enables Java programming within Microsoft's flagship IDE. 09/20/2017

  • News

    The Evolving Role of the Developer

    Jay Schmelzer, director of Program Management for the Visual Studio Team at Microsoft, described the new face of application development in today's keynote presentation at the Visual Studio Live! conference in Chicago, titled "Modern Application Development with Visual Studio, .NET and Azure." 09/19/2017

  • Practical .NET

    Working with JSON in SQL Queries

    SQL Server 2016 lets you treat JSON objects like rows in a table, allowing you to use data from AJAX queries in joins, updates and any other SQL statement you can think of. 09/19/2017

  • News

    Microsoft Addresses Angst About Visual Studio XAML Designer with Update

    Microsoft admitted that while it added many new features to the Visual Studio XAML Designer over the years, the tool lost some of its allure among developers, who spoke up about dragging performance and asked for improvements -- which are now here. 09/18/2017

  • News

    Visual Studio 'Eclipsed' as Top IDE in Popularity Ranking

    Visual Studio lost its position atop the IDE rankings compiled by the PYPL Index -- based on Google Trends search data -- ceding No. 1 honors to the open source Eclipse. 09/18/2017

  • News

    Telerik Targets Mobile Biz Apps with New Xamarin Theme, DataGrid

    The new Telerik R3 2017 release from Progress aims to beef up line-of-business mobile apps with a new Telerik UI theme for its Xamarin offering, along with a preview of a DataGrid component. 09/18/2017

  • News

    Are GitHub and Facebook Challenging Visual Studio?

    Microsoft may not have much to worry about yet, but there's a new IDE in town, open source and backed by a couple of heavy hitters in the coding industry. 09/15/2017

  • Implementing Default Behavior in an ASP.NET MVC Controller

    If there's something you want to do every time an Action method is called in a Controller, there's an easy way to achieve that. It may even be a best practice. 09/14/2017

  • News

    Microsoft Heeds Developer Feedback in New Visual Studio 2017 Preview

    According to Microsoft, community developers are driving changes to its flagship IDE, including a host of improvements in the just-announced second preview of Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.4. 09/13/2017

  • News

    Visual Basic Support Coming to Open Source Windows Template Studio

    In announcing Windows Template Studio 1.3, Microsoft hinted that work has begun to support Visual Basic programming in the wizard-driven dev tool for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. 09/13/2017

  • Practical .NET

    Returning Simple Strings from Action Methods

    When you want to return a string result -- either as text, HTML or XML -- then a ContentResult object gives you the right balance of simplicity and control. 09/12/2017

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