Entity Framework is fabulous ... but it does impose some overhead. If you like working with data in an O-O kind of way but feel the "need for speed," then you should be looking at Dapper.
It's goodbye to Portable Class Library projects and hello to .NET Standard Library projects for Xamarin.Forms development in the new Visual Studio for Mac version 7.5 Preview 1.
Announced barely a week after the official release of v15.6, the first preview of v15.7 includes productivity enhancements, better diagnostics, more C++ development improvements, better management of Android and iOS environments and more.
Visual Studio Code developers have asked for support for more test frameworks and Microsoft said it has responded in kind, announcing initial support for JUnit 5 this week, along with other Java-related features.
Sometimes you need a "collection of collections." Don't write ugly code to do that -- the Lookup object will create that collection for you in a heartbeat.
Right now is best time to be a .NET developer, said Microsoft's James Montemagno in a Visual Studio Live! keynote address. "It enables us to develop code on any OS we want, it has great tools for Visual Studio, it works with amazing languages, and there's a beautiful community of developers creating awesome libraries."
"In this ever changing and evolving world of technology, we have to be innovating to stay ahead," said Microsoft's Kasey Uhlenhuth in her keynote address at Visual Studio Live! in Las Vegas.
Microsoft is seeking developer feedback for the new TypeScript 2.8 release candidate, featuring new conditional types and more.
If your source control system won't tell you what's changed, Visual Studio is glad to help. It's just that the option is hard to get to.
Although Microsoft programming languages fared quite well in Stack Overflow's huge new developer survey, Visual Basic 6 was again named the "most dreaded" language -- just like last year, and the year before -- with VB.NET and VBA not far behind.
There are a lot of Web Forms applications out there ... but the future belongs to MVC. Here's Peter's advice on what to do about that.
RedMonk's latest programming language popularity report says Microsoft's multi-language approach is paying off, giving the company the "most to crow about" among all vendors.
If you're coding Azure Functions in Visual Studio 2017 to work with Azure Storage, one tool that can assist when running functions locally is the Microsoft Azure Storage Emulator, as shown in this hands-on tutorial.