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Link Roundup: Visual Studio Code Tips on GitHub, CodePlex Shuttering, Developer Podcasts

The Visual Studio Code page on GitHub hosts a slew of tips, and CodePlex will be shutting down later this year. Bonus: Inaugural .NET Insight Podcast!

Now that most of Microsoft's open source projects reside at GitHub, let it be known that Visual Studio developers who have yet to discover this GitHub project should head over here for some of the more useful -- some common knowledge, others obscure but sure to be put to good use some day -- tips for squeezing productivity out of using VS Code.

Speaking of GitHub, did you know that Microsoft considers the source code repository to be the company's de facto one to house your developer projects? It's true. Microsoft recommends that developers who use CodePlex should seriously consider migrating projects to GitHub, as CodePlex will be shut down at the end of this year. You can read more here.

Also, this week we launch the inaugural .NET Insight Podcast. Most episodes will feature news and information from the Visual Studio Magazine and sites, as well as other interesting information from the Web of interest to Microsoft stack developers. Links to information will be featured in this blog after we post a new podcast.

This week, we take a look at some popular developer podcasts that are worth listening to, a look at one DBA who's got killer hooks, and we talk with Tomas Herceg of Riganti sro about his Web development framework, DotVVM. Links mentioned in this episode:

You can also find .NET Insight Podcast on this SoundCloud page we set up to host the most recent episodes (you'll find only one as of this writing, but it's a start...). Let us know what you think, and if you have suggestions, do write to me at

Here are ten more links I've run across that might be useful to you, in no particular order and definitely not conforming to any particular theme:

Jeffrey Snover's blog: "We all have ten jobs and our only true job is to figure out which nine we can fail at and not get fired."

Backchannel: Love in the Time of Cryptography

The Conversation: Paradoxes of probability and other statistical strangeness

Bloomberg Technology: These Hackathon Hustlers Make Their Living From Corporate Coding Contests

ars Technica: Microsoft opens up on Windows telemetry, tells us most of what data it collects

DesignLab: Where will UX design be in 5 years? 5 Predictions

NovaTec: The problems with Swagger

zwischenzugs: Things I Learned Managing Site Reliability for Some of the World's Busiest Gambling Sites

Mozilla: Terms and Conditions, The Graphic Novel

Application Development Trends: Microsoft Adds Database DevOps Tools in VS Enterprise 2017

VSLive! Blog: Getting Started with ASP.NET Core Tutorials

Know of an interesting link, or does your company have a new or updated product or service targeted at Visual Studio developers? Tell me about it at

About the Author

Michael Domingo is a long-time software publishing veteran, having started up and managed several developer publications for the Clipper compiler, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic. He's also managed IT pubs for 1105 Media, including Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine and Virtualization Review before landing his current gig as Visual Studio Magazine Editor in Chief. Besides his publishing life, he's a professional photographer, whose work can be found by Googling domingophoto.

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