• News

    Get Used To Calling It 'Visual Studio 2017'

    The new name for what we've been calling Visual Studio '15' is actually the smaller of several big news items to come out of today's Microsoft Connect(); event oline. Among the bigger reveals is the preview of a Mac-native version of Visual Studio. 11/16/2016

  • News

    New Visual Studio Versions Target Windows, Mobile and Mac Developers, Boost DevOps

    Microsoft Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie kicked off the Connect(); conference with an action-packed keynote where he revealed significant tooling improvements impacting mobile app development, containerized app dev, cross-platform mobile DevOps and serverless compute architectures, and more. 11/16/2016

  • News

    SQL Server SP1 Gets Connected

    One highlight of this roll-up release is the addition of row-level security and dynamic data masking, which were only available in the Enterprise version, are now in Standard, Express, and other versions. 11/16/2016

  • In-Depth

    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#. 11/15/2016

  • Code Focused

    Life Without On Error Resume Next

    The alternative to that simple error-handling combo is the Try...Catch, but it's not as simple as wrapping up your code with it. 11/15/2016

  • Practical .NET

    Setting the Order of Your Script Files

    Script bundling speeds up your application by reducing the time it takes to download all of your JavaScript code. But you'll need another object to get your files added to the page in the order you want. 11/14/2016

  • News

    TypeScript 2.1 Is Now Smarter Than Ever

    It's like a better version of TypeScript 2.0, only this incremental update adds "smarter" inference and a bevy of other improvements. 11/11/2016

  • News

    VS Team Services Sprint 108 Is More Like a Jog

    Visual Studio Team Services is at Sprint 108 this week, and it might seem like a lightweight with mainly fixes, but it does pack quite a few new features -- integrating Team-based collaboration features, build and replace enhancements, Docker support -- to be worthy of attention. 11/10/2016

  • The Data Science Lab

    Neural Networks Using the R nnet Package

    The R language simplifies the creation of neural network classifiers with an add-on that lays all the groundwork. 11/10/2016

  • Practical .NET

    Organize Your Tests to Reduce Overhead

    In test-driven development, you have to decide how you'll divide your test methods between your test classes. The best solution is the one that requires the least effort on your part and implements the Single Responsibility Principle for tests. 11/09/2016

  • News

    MCSD and MCSE Titles Revamped

    Changes take effect immediately, and MCP transcripts are being evaluated now. Also, new rule: New MCSE and MCSD titles will no longer expire (but there's a catch). 11/08/2016

  • In-Depth

    What Makes SQL Server 2016 a Game-Changer

    Polybase, Query Store, dynamic data masking, row-level security, and temporal data JSON support -- just some of the new features that veteran SQL Server Live! presenter Leonard Lobel covers in this exclusive Q&A with Lafe Low. 11/08/2016

  • Practical .NET

    Defining Columns, Primary, and Composite Keys in Entity Framework

    There are two attributes you can put on your entity class properties: one is a convenience, the other is essential, and both are required when the primary key for a table consists of two columns. 11/07/2016

  • Cross-Platform C#

    Sez Who? Support for iOS 10 Speech Recognition in Xamarin

    With Apple's update to its phone OS, we look at the support that Xamarin has for it by building a simple speech app. 11/07/2016

  • News

    JavaScript IntelliSense Disabled in Visual Studio Code 1.7.1

    Just as the Visual Studio team started rolling out the October 2016 Build version 1.7 this week, the team did an about-face with an incremental "recovery build" update that disables JavaScript IntelliSense for the time being. Still, there's lots of new and enhanced productivity and debugging features to check out in this version. 11/04/2016

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