Sign up for the Visual Studio 2017 launch event

Believe it or not, this year is the 20-year anniversary of Visual Studio, and Visual Studio 2017 will be available for download on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Sign up here for the two-day celebration event on Match 7th and 8th: Join us at 8:00 AM PST on March 7 for a two-day online event celebrating…

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Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 is posted

Get it here: Visual Studio “15” Preview 5. VS “15” is cooking along at a good pace, and the latest preview dropped last week. It promises performance improvements especially around installation and load times. From the Visual Studio Blog: Shorter solution load time with lightweight project load: Working on solutions that contain upward of 100…

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK now available – Submit your desktop apps to the Windows Store by using Centennial bridge

Download here: Anniversary Update SDK. Lots of good stuff here, including improvements to Ink, Cortana APIs, and Hello. The big news is the cross-platform story: Desktop Bridge (Project Centennial): The millions of developers using Win32 and .NET to build desktop apps can now get access to the benefits of the Universal Windows Platform and the…

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Node.js Tools 1.2 for Visual Studio 2015 available

  Download: Node.js Tools 1.2. The Visual Studio Engineering Team has announced the latest version of the Node.js Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS). Having used NTVS for developing an internal publishing tool, I can strongly recommend it for all of your Node.js needs. What do you get in the latest update? Sara Itani provides details:…

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Code in new languages and get the full social programming experience with Exercism

As part of my new job, I’ve been exploring how modern devs learn new skills. Traditionally, you would pick up a dead-trees form factor and page through it, maybe install the sample code from a CD or a web site, and tinker with the platform until you felt like you wouldn’t sound like an idiot…

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Intro to DevOps: New certificate class at edX

Enroll here: Introduction to DevOps. You may have heard that the cool kids are adopting a new software methodology, named “DevOps”: DevOps is the union of people, process and products to enable the continuous delivery of value to end users. It aims to create a culture and environment where building, testing, and releasing software can…

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Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 is available

Download: Visual Studio 2015 Update 3. New and improved features: Tools for Apache Cordova Developer Analytics Tools Debugging and Diagnostics Visual Studio IDE Tools for Universal Windows apps Architecture Tools Visual C++ Node.js Tools for Visual Studio Web Developer Tools TypeScript C# and Visual Basic Team Explorer Xamarin My favorite new feature may be the…

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Going cross-platform with Visual Studio and Xamarin

Xamarin is Microsoft’s most exciting acquisition since Skype and Acompli. (Okay, LinkedIn is pretty exciting, too.) Now you can create iOS and Android apps by using Microsoft’s C#/XAML stack and shared portable class libraries. Xamarin’s great framework used to be pretty pricey ($1,000/year license for VS integration), but now it’s free. In this MVA video,…

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Visual Studio “14” CTP is available

Download here. Remember that this is a CTP and isn’t meant for production environments; please install in a test environment with no earlier versions of Visual Studio installed. Eric Battalio says: Here are some resources which may be useful as you try out the Visual Studio “14” CTP, released yesterday: Downloads: Download the Visual Studio…

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Publishing your apps to the Windows Store for Windows 8.1

With today’s announcement of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 availability, the Windows Store is now open for submitting apps targeting Windows 8.1.  Here’s more from the Windows App Builder blog: For those of you who started working on your app with our Preview versions, you’ll first need to update your Preview environment to today’s…

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