C#, VB and TypeScript

  • Syncfusion Beefs Up Essentials Studio with Visual Studio 2017 Support

    Syncfusion Essential Studio 2017 adds bevy of new controls for charts, text, and provides more responsive menus. Bonus: It's all now .NET Standard-compliant. 03/31/2017

  • Visual F# Tools, TypeScript: A Tale of Two Releases

    The Microsoft development teams responsible for Visual F# and TypeScript recently provided their respective communities with some insight into their development efforts moving forward, now that the Visual Studio 2017 release hubbub has cleared. The goal with the insights via two recent blog posts, it seems, is toward more transparency. 03/30/2017

  • Code Focused

    C# and VB Data Conversion in a World of Cruel Users

    While Visual Basic is a bit more forgiving with data conversions, you'll need to jump through some hoops to do similar conversions in C#. 03/29/2017

  • Move Beyond Factory Methods with the Builder Pattern in C#/Visual Basic

    When your objects get sufficiently complicated to create, it's time to simplify your life by moving to the Builder pattern. The Builder pattern is not only a great pattern for creating complicated objects, it supports your application's further evolution. 03/28/2017

  • Azure Service Fabric Gets Open Source Treatment

    Azure Service Fabric team hopes to spur improvements to Service Fabric .NET SDK through the open source community. ASF and the SDK have also recently been updated. 03/27/2017

  • R Tools for VS Plug-In Launches

    It's at 1.0, with a version supporting Visual Studio 2017 to follow some time in May. 03/24/2017

  • VB-.NET Refactoring Tool Adds VS 2017 Support

    Mobilize.net now has support for Visual Studio 2017 for users of its VB-to-.NET code migration tool. 03/24/2017

  • Errors on Unused Sections in ASP.NET MVC Views

    If you don't use a section in a View, then you'll get an error. But you may not find out until it's too late. 03/24/2017

  • Visual Studio Code 1.10 Updates Workbench, Previews a Code Minimap

    Visual Studio Code's February Build is now available, and it sports quite a few updates having to do with the workbench and debugging features, and includes a preview of a new code view. 03/23/2017

  • Xamarin.Forms -- Caching for the ListView

    Similar to the UITableView in iOS and ListView in Android, the XF version can be used to cache images for use in other locations of an application. 03/22/2017

  • Checking Up on Your Entity Framework Objects with DbEntityEntry

    The Entity Framework DbEntityEntry object lets you do all sorts of things you probably didn't think were possible, including getting the latest data from the database (without losing your current data) and invoking the .NET Framework validation subsystem. 03/20/2017

  • In-Depth

    The Key to Cross-Platform Coding is .NET Everywhere

    No longer a pipe dream, cross-platform coding has been made fairly straightforward and nearly ordinary with tools from Xamarin and others. At VSLive!, Microsoft's James Montemagno demonstrated the ease with which cross-platform apps can be delivered without venturing too far from the C# space. 03/16/2017

  • Revealing Secrets with R and Factor Analysis

    Let's use this classical statistics technique -- and some R, of course -- to get to some of the latent variables hiding in your data. 03/16/2017

  • All of Visual Studio 2017 Visually In One Suite Release

    Nifty, printable info graphic shows everything new and updated in the latest developer suite. 03/15/2017

  • Google App Engine Adds .NET Support

    .NET developers now have another option for the streamlined creation of cloud apps, now that Google App Engine has announced support for the Microsoft developer stack. 03/14/2017

  • Efficiently Loading Related Objects in Entity Framework

    If you're not using the Entity Framework DbCollectionEntry object when working with an entity class's related objects, then your application is running too slow. Using DbCollectionEntry lets you asynchronously retrieve related objects and get only the objects you want. 03/13/2017

  • Visual Studio Team Services Sprint 114 Delivers

    Visual Studio Team Services team are in the midst of rolling out yet another sprint, this one with additional Delivery plans features, a more optimized mobile work item experience, and some other Team features. 03/09/2017

  • Yes, Finally, Visual Studio 2017 Now Available

    No secrets here, as features and updates of the suite have been portioned out in public testing in the months and weeks leading up to the launch. So much of what's new in this morning's announcements has to do with the current state of several VS iterations, including the Mac and Mobile Center previews, as well as some new benefits. 03/07/2017

  • Tools, Services Supporting Visual Studio 2017

    With Visual Studio 2017 making its debut next week, a number of software and services that comprise its tooling ecosystem have already embedded support for the development platform. 03/02/2017

  • Mimic Lazy Loading with Entity Framework 6 and Entity Framework Core 1.1

    Entity Framework Core doesn't have lazy loading (at least, not yet). But you can fake it by using explicit loading, though it doesn't work quite the way you might want. In fact, it's probably a good idea to use this in Entity Framework 6. 03/02/2017

  • Managing Modules in TypeScript 2.1

    If you want to ensure that the right code is loaded at the right time (and only loaded when you need it), you can use TypeScript code to organize your code into modules. As a side benefit, managing your script tags will get considerably easier. 02/28/2017

  • In-Depth

    Visual Studio Code and the Third Wave of Source Code Editing

    Imagine platform-neutral, language-agnostic tools for writing code. Awesome, yes, but using tools like Visual Studio Code to compose your programmatic masterpiece will require a bit of rethinking. 02/28/2017

  • In-Depth

    Solving UWP App-to-App Communication in IoT Apps

    Writing Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that rely on inter-process communication is actually easy. Debugging and making them fault-tolerant is the tricky part, but it can be done with the AppServiceConnection for UWP and IoT Apps. 02/27/2017

  • Selecting Groups in LINQ

    Some questions can only be answered by organizing your data into groups and then finding groups that contain particular members or have particular properties. 02/24/2017

  • Grouping Results in LINQ

    Complex queries can be solved with a combination of simpler LINQ queries, anonymous objects and the Group/By/Into clauses. Using Group/By/Into will also give you the best possible performance for those complex queries. 02/20/2017