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Second Preview of Office Dev Tools for Visual Studio 2015

SharePoint 2016 and add-in development support are highlights of this release that allows Visual Studio developers to customize Microsoft Office.

dotConnect ADO.NET Data Providers Support Newest Entiry Framework

Providers for Oracle, MySQL, PostgresSQL, SQLite 5.5, and DB 2.0 can now work with Entity Framework Core 1.0 RC1.

Pressure Is On with 3D Touch in iOS Apps

Add pressure-based interactions in your apps in just a few minutes.

Xamarin's Tooling Evolves, SDK Now Open Source

Slew of announcements from the company at its Evolve 16 event in Florida include a bevy of solutions to help developers connect to Macs to create native iOS apps.

Don't Cast Away Const

Too few C++ developers use const properly, or enough. A seemingly-strange guideline, suggesting you never use a particular language feature, leads to some insight about const and some good practices for you.

In July, Cost of Obtaining a Developer Certification Will Go Up

Microsoft Learning is providing early warning to exam takers that the cost of taking MCP exams, including exams for obtaining the developer-based titles, will go up worldwide at mid-year.

Eliminate the Barrier Between JavaScript and HTML (or Anything Else)

The JSX tool lets you describe your page as a set of custom elements that you define in TypeScript classes. Those elements then add to the page whatever text or code makes sense to you.

Text Processing, Type Definition, I/O and Visualization in F#

What you can do with most programming languages can be accomplished in F#'s functional programming paradigm. Here's how to handle some simple operations, which might look familiar to you already.

Exploiting the ConcurrentDictionary in Asynchronous Applications

The ConcurrentDictionary provides the most efficient (and safest) way to shared named values between asynchronous processes with several powerful methods. But the best advice might be to avoid ever needing them.

Developer Startups Can Be Pure Comedy

It's time to take a break. Have you seen Silicon Valley? It's a comedy, but the depiction of a developer startup hits very close to the bone.

Visual Studio Online Sprint 98 Improves Number of Work Item Capabilities

Latest updates allows more incremental improvements to work items, such as alerts for keeping up with them and ability to move between projects, as well as the simple act of changing their types.

Introducing the C++ Core Guidelines

Whether you're new to C++ or a seasoned C++ coder, there are times when deciding how to do something seems arbitrary. The C++ Core Guidelines have been written to guide developers of all experience levels through some of the choices we make to help us write code that is fast, readable, maintainable, and sensible.

Stack Up the Stream Objects to Combine Functionality

Using the Stream objects correctly can speed up your I/O, protect your files and simplify your code.

Build 2016, One Last Time

My colleague at MSDN Magazine, Michael Desmond, covers Build 2016 with an eye on the message Microsoft is pushing across development platforms.

No Longer in Preview, Visual Studio Code 1.0 'Ships'

The online cross-platform editor is now a finished product, now that the company has appended its name with a version 1.0.

ReSharper Ultimate 2016.1 Improves on VB, TypeScript Support

Newer version of the coding extension for Visual Studio makes incremental improvements in VB.NET 14 support, and will come with Intermediate Language viewer.

Improved UWP Support, Bug Fixes Rolled into Latest Visual Studio 2015 Update 2

An updated .NET Native toolchain, Universal Windows SDK Picker, and improved Store Package Wizard are a handful of new features in a recent rollup of Visual Studio 2015 Update 2.

SpecFlow 2, Part Two: Gherkin Steps

In part 2, Jason will map the business-readable tests we created last time to test automation code.

NativeScript 1.7 Extends Support to Visual Studio Code

Cross-platform development tool is now integrated with Visual Studio Code via an extension. The company is also workin on support for UWP and Windows Mobile 10.

Program-Defined Functions in R

The three most common open source technologies for writing data science programs are Python, SciLab, and R. Here's how to write program-defined functions in R.

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