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Fit, Finish Features Are Highlights in Visual Studio 15 Preview 4

Many of the new features previewed in the IDE -- setup engine, revamped the Start Page, quick launch from clone, etc. -- have been enhanced and improved. Dozens of language-specific improvements are also embedded in this fourth preview.

PowerShell on Linux? It's About Time

Microsoft is open sourcing its popular scripting language and porting it to the Linux and Mac OSX platforms. PowerShell capabilities will also reach into the cloud via extensions for Microsoft Operations Management Suite.

DevOps is In The Details, Says Microsoft's Brown

How can developers gain the trust of the operations side? As Microsoft's Donovan Brown explains in a Visual Studio Live! keynote, automation is key in gaining that trust. He then live-demoed a DevOps pipeline within an Azure environment to prove his point.

Test Out Code Variations at Runtime Using a Static Variable

Recompiling source code while debugging is possible, but sometimes your C++ project might not be configured to use it.

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).

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.

Declarative Programming in TypeScript with Decorators

If you've used attributes in your C# or Visual Basic programs, then decorators in TypeScript are going to look very familiar to you. They're still in development, but here's a look both at how to use them and how to write them.

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.

Run Additional Test Code with SpecFlow 2 Hooks

You know how to run business-readable tests. Let's continue with a few more hooks.

C++ Debugging in Visual Studio: Let's Start with the Basics

Debugging is a crucial part of the development process. In this new series of tried and true C++ tips, we look at the basics of debugging and step through some more advanced debuggings tips for C++ developers.

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.

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.

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.

Stepping Through Binding Styles Using SpecFlow 2

SpecFlow offers a number of binding styles for bridging business-readable tests with test-automation code.

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.

May Release of Visual Studio Code 1.2 Includes Tab Preview

A big user request, tab support, is developed enough that it's now available in preview form for those working with the VSC Insiders Release.

As Devs Code .NET Core, Microsoft Offers Bug Bounty

As developers churn through coding the next versions of .NET Core and other key Microsoft technologies, the company offers new bounties on bugs. Program runs to September.

Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 RC Now Available

Updates to TACO, AppInsight and HockeyApp are features of this release along with stability, performance, and bug fixes.

Visual Studio, .NET Framework Blogs Are Branching Out

The MSDN blogs can't contain all the information that's being produced on the various Microsoft developer tools and technologies.

Sprint 100: A Milestone Visual Studio Team Services

Last week, Microsoft's Visual Studio team released the 100th sprint for VSTS. It includes Docker release management and a Dashboard SDK for VSTS dashboard customization.

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