• News

    Microsoft Exam Booster Packs: A Different Take on Second Shot

    Remember Microsoft's MCP Exam Retake Offer? This is a bit different. Instead of a second shot, take several shots at a certification exam. And many developer exams are part of the offer. 03/10/2016

  • News

    New R Language Plugin for Visual Studio 2015

    Microsoft R and R Server features are accessible almost directly through the Visual Studio IDE, with the new R Tools for Visual Studio plugin. 03/10/2016

  • Connection Strings

    What You're Missing If You're Not At Build

    Microsoft Build doesn't have the build up of, say, a major release of Visual Studio, to attract attendees, so why does it sell out? It's all about networking. 03/09/2016

  • News

    Visual Studio Team Services Sprint 96 is Jam Packed with Features

    The latest Web preview of the VSTS rounds up a number of new features -- Agile planning, testing, Git, release management, Office 365 integration, more -- that the Visual Studio Team will be refining over the next few months. 03/09/2016

  • News

    Microsoft Joins Eclipse Foundation

    Announced at EclipseCon: More tools and support for open source Eclipse platform coming in Microsoft's Azure and Visual Studio tools. 03/08/2016

  • News

    SQL Server To Run on Linux

    Microsoft's Scott Guthrie said that the company's RDBMS could be running on the Linux platform some time in 2017. He plans to preview a new SQL Server Stretch Database service at a New York event this week. 03/08/2016

  • Practical .NET

    Share Information Among Asynchronous Processes Sans Locks

    If you're creating an asynchronous application (and you should be) you'll be glad to know that .NET offers ways to share data that don't require you to lock up your application. 03/07/2016

  • The Special Case Pattern

    You have a method that's supposed to return some kind of object … except sometimes it doesn't. Good news! There's a design pattern for that. 03/04/2016

  • News

    Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 Release Candidate Now Available

    Reliability and performance improvements rule on this release candidate, and there are a bevy of new features being tested out with Team Foundation Server 2015 U2 RC as well. 03/04/2016

  • In-Depth

    In Depth: Prepare for a Windows Phone Revival

    It's iOS and Android, then all others, along with Windows Phone. But some reports believe Windows Phone is the real growth market, and developers should take heed since there's money to be made there. 03/03/2016

  • News

    HoloLens Developer Kit Ships at End of March

    Just in time for Build in San Francisco, Microsoft will make available a kit for developing for yet another extension of the Windows platform that will have you going all Johnny Mnemonic on your Visual Studio apps. You'll need to be a Windows Insider, though, before you can get your hand -- and face -- on one. 03/03/2016

  • The Data Science Lab

    Chi-Square Tests Using R

    R is the perfect language for creating a variety of chi-square tests, which are used to perform statistical analyses of counts of data. Here's how, with some sample code. 03/02/2016

  • Connection Strings

    Cross-Platform Dev Approach That Isn't Xamarin

    Xamarin this, Xamarin that. But not all cross-platform is Xamarin. Have you heard of one other option, like React Native? 03/01/2016

  • Mobile Corner

    Build Apps That Talk with the Microsoft Band

    The Microsoft Band is one of the most sophisticated fitness and health trackers available today. In this article, Nick walks through building a Windows Phone app that can communicate with it. 03/01/2016

  • News

    Xamarin's Impact on the Death of Project Astoria

    Predictably, Microsoft has pulled the plug on the Windows Bridge for Android, now that the company is absorbing Xamarin. Xamarin's cross-platform development capabilities can already be used to port Windows apps to the Android marketplace. 02/29/2016

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