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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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

After Getting an Integrated Terminal, Will VS Code Get an Integrated Browser? Uh, No

Microsoft suggests using an extension or judiciously rearranging windows.

Unit Testing AJAX Calls to an ASP.NET MVC Controller

Sometimes what you want to test is how your Action method behaves when it's invoked through an AJAX call. Here's how to mock up that call using Moq.

Mono Linker Tool Now Reduces Size of .NET Core Apps

Microsoft is building on top of the Mono platform's handy Linker tool to turn its code-shrinking powers loose on reducing the size of .NET Core apps.

The Future of Programming

If you’ve been programming long enough, then you know that the "right way to do things" keeps changing. Here’s why, a description of where we are now and a guess about where we’re going.

Clippy the Office Assistant Reborn as Visual Studio Extension

Developer Eros Fratini has resurrected Clippy, the infamous cartoon paperclip that served as an assistant for users of the Office productivity software suite many years ago.

Quick Tip: Read the Inner Exception!

That's often where the real problem is.

VS 2017 15.4 Preview: Code Windows Fall Creator UWP Apps with .NET Standard 2.0

Support for the new .NET Standard 2.0 spec continues to spread into the Microsoft ecosystem, as a new Visual Studio preview enables the development of Universal Windows Platform apps for the upcoming Windows Fall Creators Update, leveraging the spec's APIs.

JetBrains Upgrades ReSharper Ultimate Tools, Adds .NET Core 2.0 Support

JetBrains is out with the year's second upgrade to its ReSharper Ultimate suite of tools for enhancing .NET development, featuring the popular ReSharper offering for code refactoring.

LocalDB: The Database Without a Connection String

If you just want to get going with a code-first database, you don't even need to define a connection string -- just write your objects.

Xamarin Q&A: Cross-Platform Is the New Platform

Once again, Mr. Xamarin comes to Visual Studio Live! to discuss cross-platform development.

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