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Visual Studio Code January Build Gets Interactive

Version 1.9 of the online code editor sports a new look and some new tools to get developers up to speed quickly, including an Interactive Playground to test-drive some of the news features.

Q&A: What's New in Visual Studio 2017

Visual Studio 2017 is coming March 7. Microsoft Dev Evangelist Robert Green talks about the top new features, best improvements for mobile/Xamarin developers and more in this Q&A preview of his Visual Studio Live! session on the same topic.

Window 10 Creators Update Gets Its Day with Developers

Microsoft offers a laundry list of developer-oriented features to get devs up to speed with the newest, feature-complete Windows 10 Creators Update slated for early 2017 release.

Visual Studio Team Services Sprint 112 Limbers Up

Developers who use Visual Studio Team Services will start seeing some new Agile-focused features rolling out this week, with Mobile Work Item Forms and Delivery Plans among the highlights.

Microsoft Needs Developers for New Data Sciences Beta Exam Testing

Even though this new data sciences exam is aimed at MCSEs, Microsoft Learning is seeking out developers and data scientists to beta test it.

Update: Visual Studio 2017 RC 3 Is Re-Released

The third release candidate of the venerable, all-encompassing and integrated Microsoft developer platform has been re-released after being pulled for a short time due to reports of developer machines crashing due to an odd installation issue.

Team Foundation Server 2017 Update 1 RC Gets Personal

TFS 2017 Update 1 RC is a "go live" version, which means it's about five nines ready as it'll ever be, with more personalization features and version control, build, and cross-platform improvements across the board.

Visual Studio Test Platform Released To Open Source Community

Portions of the unit test execution infrastructure that's used in Visual Studio is now an open source project.

Windows 10 Devs Can Check Out Windows 10 Creators Update SDK

A not-ready-for-production preview, which contains updates and additions to the Windows namespace, is available for testing to Windows Insiders members.

Visual Studio Team Services Sprints 110, 111 Roll Out Slower Than Molasses in Winter

A winter chill will hinder progress somewhat on the next VSTS sprints, which includes two previews for new UX features.

Building onto the AWS Cloud with Visual Studio

Amazon offers solutions specifically for Visual Studio developers who want to start deploying services on its cloud. Here's a guide to do it with minimal effort and all it takes is digging into the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio.

Visual Studio Team Services Feature Slated for Removal

The Visual Studio Team announces the end of the Team Room feature in upcoming sprints, as the feature is deprecated.

Coding Without a Plan

I don't believe in coding design tools. I've been programming for more than 30 years now (40 years if you go back to my first class in programming). I think in code. Code is my design language and procrastination is my friend.

Ensure Consistent Testing with Mock Objects and Moq

If you run an automated test and your test fails then you want to know that it's your fault -- not a problem in someone else's code or the result of a change in your test data. Moq lets you do that in two lines of code, even if your code uses the ASP.NET Session object.

Azure, Amazon Web Services Ramp Up with Dev Tools for Serverless Computing

Amazon and Microsoft are anticipating the serverless computing space to heat up, with support and developer tools.

Testing Experimental Code in Production with Scientist.NET

A .NET port of the Ruby library allows for experimental testing of code that's gone to production.

New Xamarin Tools in Visual Studio 2017 RC

Two new tools for cross-platform developers provide insight into app performance and allow for real-time XAML previews.

Testing Only the Code You Write: Isolating Components with Moq

When you're testing an ASP.NET MVC controller (or, really, any class at all) you want to make sure the code that fails is the code you're testing. Moq provides a simple way to isolate the code you're testing and lets you generate test cases.

It's Safe to Handle Unhandled Visual Basic and C# Exceptions

Pile on the exceptions, and .NET will have your back with the tools it provides at your disposal.

What the Single Responsibility Design Principle Has to Do with C# Best Practices

In this Q&A, highly regarded developer and educator Scott Allen shares his thoughts on coding with C#.

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