Recap of Connect() announcements, from Shahed Chowdhuri

My peer in DC, Shahed Chowdhuri, put together a great recap of yesterday’s Connect() event. Recap of Connect() announcements: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2015/11/18/news-and-announcements-from-connect-2015.aspx   TL;DR:   Visual Studio Code beta release, Added extensibility support, open source project .NET Core 5 RC and ASP.NET 5 RC with Go-Live license, can start using it in production Visual Studio Online is……


Some of my favorite Visual Studio extensions

I recently wrote an article about some of my favorite Chrome extensions, partly because I wanted to share some of the things I felt worked well, but also because I wanted to learn about what others were using as well. I’ve added quite a few extensions in my daily use based on those recommendations, and……


A developer’s guide to Windows 10 and the best of //build MVA

There are two new pieces of content on Microsoft Virtual Academy that I want to highlght, considering the //build tour we are doing at the moment. I’m just wrapping up the first day of the tour in New York City, and we’re headed to Atlanta next. One way to get caught up on all of……


Unity, Unreal Engine 4, & Cocos2D will now ship with Visual Studio set as the default IDE, free to use

Recently Microsoft announced a new deal with these engine providers: Unity Technologies, Epic Games, and Chukong Technologies. When you go to install these engines now, Visual Studio will be the default IDE selected.The Community Edition is included, which is basically VS 2013 professional. If you are using Unity, we also have the free Visual Studio……


Visual Studio 2015 Preview Tools for Unity is out now

Herr’s a link to download it. You’re probably already familiar with Visual Studio tools for Unity (formerly UnityVS), which allows you to debug your Unity sessions while using Visual Studio. The problem up until this point though, was that there wasn’t support for it in the latest version of Visual Studio. Since Microsoft bought the……


Microsoft web camps across the US in January

We’re hosting a series of web camps across the US in January. Specifically, I’ll be teaching camp at Chevy Chase, MD – Jan 19, and New York, NY – Jan 23. Specifically, I’ll be covering ASP.NET MVC, Web API, Angular, and the web tools included in Visual Studio. We also have some hands on labs prepared for……


Numerous updates to Cordova tools for Visual Studio, iOS & Android apps

There are a number of big updates to announce this week for Cordova on Microsoft platforms. We’ve had Cordova tools built into Visual Studio for some time now, which allows developers to write and test on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, all from within Visual Studio. Apache Cordova offers JavaScript APIs that gives Web apps……


Open Source of .NET Core Framework, .NET Core Distribution for Linux/OSX

    If you told me, even one year ago, that Microsoft would begin open sourcing as much technology as they do right now, I would have flat out said “No”.Today at Connect() developer event,  Microsoftt announced that we’d open source the .NET core. The .NET Foundation is an independent forum to foster the open development……


Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova Azure VM Available

I’ve been pushing for HTML5 tools for some time now. Today, the VIsual Studio team announced a VM that you can instantly deploy in Azure, which comes pre-installed with everything that you’ll need to get going with writing iOS (yes, in Visual Studio), Android, and Windows apps in Visual Studio. No crazy downloading and installing……


Upcoming video series: Single Page Apps w/ jQuery and Angular

Stacey Mulcahy and I are putting together a brief video series for Microsoft Virtual Academy next week. If you’re interested in learning how to write SPAs, debug using Visual Studio or the new F12 developer tools, and want to know how deploy to Azure, then we’ve got all of that covered for you. Following that, Stacey……