• Code Focused

    Make The Debugger Focus on Code That's Important To You

    When you debug a C++ application, the debugger can take a number of detours through lots of trivial functions or code from third-party libraries. You can filter out those unnecessary paths and have the debugger focus on just the code you want. 08/24/2016

  • News

    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. 08/23/2016

  • Practical .NET

    Reduce Trips to the Database Service with EF.E's Future Queries

    One way to slow down your application is to make multiple trips to the database. Here's a way to cut those trips in half (at least) and it has to do with the EntityFramework.Extended library. 08/22/2016

  • News

    SharePoint Framework To Hook In Developers

    Web Parts support is a highlight of this for-testing-only developer preview, and Visual Studio tooling and "modern page editing experiences" are also in the works. 08/19/2016

  • News

    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. 08/18/2016

  • Code Focused

    It's All About Character in C# and Visual Basic

    How C# and Visual Basic handle characters and single-character strings is a bit inconsistent. There's no tidy solution, but it's something you do need to know. 08/18/2016

  • Visual Studio Toolbox

    17 New Extensions for Visual Studio 2015

    Here's a round-up of the most recently released extensions for Visual Studio. There's something here for everyone, from starting a new project to deploying your code. 08/17/2016

  • News

    Visual Studio 2015 Approaching Single Sign-On Nirvana

    It's not quite there yet, but Visual Studio 2015 has improved the authentication process so that developers aren't forced to sign into it more than twice a day. 08/16/2016

  • Practical .NET

    Making Your Data Updates and Deletes More Efficient

    By adding one open source library to your application (and adding two methods to your LINQ statements) you can cut the time spent on database updates and deletes in half. 08/15/2016

  • Visual Studio Toolbox Shortcuts: Expand, Collapse, and Find

    Here are three tips to make interacting with the toolbox faster. 08/12/2016

  • News

    Running Custom Code in SharePoint? Not For Long...

    As the end approaches for code-based sandbox support in SharePoint sites, Microsoft and third parties point to a few resources for inventorying sites that use it. 08/11/2016

  • Code Focused

    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. 08/11/2016

  • News

    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. 08/11/2016

  • News

    What's In Xamarin for Visual Studio Developers?

    Developer evangelist James Montemagno explains the benefits that developers will derive in the coming months as a result of the company's acquisition by Microsoft earlier in the year (one hint: open source). He also doesn't hide his affinity for a certain mobile platform. 08/10/2016

  • The Data Science Lab

    R Language Basic Data Structures

    Vectors, lists, arrays, matrices and data frames -- a look at five of the most fundamental data structures built into R. 08/10/2016

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