Visual Studio Toolbox: Using Espresso Tests

In this episode, Donovan Brown is joined by Adam Barlow, who shows how to use Espresso tests with Xamarin Test Cloud and Visual Studio Team Services. He shows how to leverage your existing Espresso tests with in your continuous integration build. For more information on the Xamarin Test Cloud, see the Test Cloud website.

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Visual Studio Toolbox: New Delivery Plan Extension

In this episode, Donovan Brown is joined by Elliott Perry, who shows the new Delivery Plan extension in Visual Studio Team Services. He shows how to use the Delivery Plan and how we use it internally at Microsoft. For more information on the Delivery Plans, see the Delivery Plan extension.

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Extensions in Visual Studio 2017

In this episode, I am joined by Justin Clareburt, who shows us what users of extensions can expect in Visual Studio 2017. Justin first reviews the new setup experience, because that impacts extensions. Among the things he shows are lightweight solution loading [07:35], how you can monitor the performance of extensions and see whether they are…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Entity Framework Core

In this episode, I am joined by Julie Lerman, who takes us on a deep-dive tour of many of the features that are new in Entity Framework Core. Julie covers: Overview of Entity Framework Core [00:35] Migrating an existing .NET Core project that uses project.json to use the new MSBuild based tooling [04:12] Field mappings…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Visual Studio Tools for Azure Functions

In this episode, I am joined by Andrew Hall, who shows us a preview of tools for building Azure Functions for Visual Studio 2015. Azure Functions provide event-based serverless computing that make it easy to develop and scale your application, paying only for the resources your code consumes during execution. Andrew shows how to create a…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: SOLID Design Patterns

In this episode, I am joined by Phil Japikse for a chat about design patterns. Software design patterns have been around long before the MVC Framework gained momentum. Phil starts with a review of Robert C. Martin’s (Uncle Bob) SOLID macronym. After building the proper foundation,he reviews several design patterns, their C# implementation and when and…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: SQL Server Extension for Visual Studio Code

In this episode, I am joined by Eric Kang, who shows the SQL Server extension for Visual Studio Code. With this extension, you can connect to SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouses, create and manage connection profiles and most recently used connections, write T-SQL scripts with IntelliSense and Go to Definition, execute your…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Getting started with PHP, Java, and SQL Server on Linux

In this episode, Dmitry is joined by Meet Bhagdev and Andrea Lam, who show us how to get started with programming apps in PHP and Java connecting to SQL Server on Linux. PHP and Java both have open sourced connectors that can be used by applications to connect to SQL Server anywhere (on-premises or in…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Exploring our newest sample app, BikeSharing360

In this episode, Dmitry Lyalin is joined by Erika Ehrli, who shares the BikeSharing360 E2E demo scenario, architecture, and suite of apps used in Connect(); 2016 keynotes. Jump ahead to any of the following demo repo discussions and demos: Demo Scenario – [09:45] Demo Architecture – [13:00] Websites GitHub Repo – [16:35] Microservices GitHub Repo –…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Using the Kanban Board

In this episode, Donovan Brown makes his debut as a co-host. He is joined by Sondra Batbold, who shows the Kanban board in Visual Studio Team Services. She shows how quickly you can customize the board to fit your team and how it is integrated with Microsoft Teams. For more information on the basics of…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Tools for Apache Cordova Updates in Visual Studio

In this episode, I am joined by Jordan Matthiesen, who shows us enhancements to the Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO). Jordan shows how quickly you can install Visual Studio 2017 with just the Mobile development with JavaScript workload (less than 10 minutes!). He demonstrates new Ionic templates in Visual Studio 2015. He then shows several new features…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Introducing Windows IoT Core

In this episode, Dmitry Lyalin is joined by Stephen Huang to go over how to get started with Windows 10 IoT Core. Learn the fundamentals such as setting up the OS on an SD card, monitoring your device, using Windows device portal, and running sample code using Visual Studio. They also show off the Intel…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Mads Kristensen Extensions

In this episode, I am joined by Mads Kristensen, who shows us another batch of extensions he has written, all designed to boost developer productivity. Mads shows: File Icons – Adds icons for files that are not recognized by Solution Explorer. Syntax Highlighting Pack – Adds syntax highlighting and snippet support for a wide variety…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: SQL Server Data Tools for Visual Studio

After 4 years and 184 episodes of this show, I decided it was time to invite others to share the hosting duties with me. In this episode, Dmitry Lyalin is joined by Kevin Cunnane to give an overview of SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio, a fully integrated SQL Server development environment. In…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Using the Desktop Bridge

In this episode, I am joined by Stefan Wick, who shows how to convert a desktop app to a UWP app using the Desktop Bridge. Stefan demonstrates some of the benefits of using the Desktop Bridge, including clean install and uninstall and taking advantage of Windows 10 features including push notifications, Live Tile updates and…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Using Git and GitHub

In this episode, I am joined by Jeremy Foster, who just did a GitHub for Windows users course for Microsoft Virtual Academy. Here, he focuses on how you can use GitHub in both Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. Jeremy covers: GitHub Extension for Visual Studio [05:30] Creating and using repos [08:00] Committing changes and…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio 2015

In this episode, I am joined by Adam Driscoll, author of the very popular PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio. This extension is a set of tools for developing and debugging PowerShell scripts and modules in Visual Studio. With this extension, you can edit, run and debug PowerShell scripts while leveraging Visual Studio’s editor and debugging…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Integrating Power BI Into Your Web Applications

In this episode, I am joined by Charles Sterling, who shows how to use Power BI in your development efforts, specifically how to call REST APIs with Power BI without writing any code.  You can parse, model and transform the resulting JSON to make creating rich interactive reports a snap and integrate this into your development efforts…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Building a Windows 10 IOT App

In this episode, I am joined by Daniel Jacobson, who shows how he built a Windows 10 IOT app that can be used by a coffee shop to know when customers enter and exit the shop. With that data, the shop can monitor traffic flow and figure out things like what days and times are…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: UWP Community Toolbox

In this episode, I am joined by David Catuhe, the project lead for the UWP Community Toolkit, an open-source collection of helper functions, custom controls, and app services that simplifies and demonstrates common developer tasks for building UWP apps for Windows 10. David shows how easy it is to use the Toolkit and discusses some of…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Advancements in Data Technology

In this episode, I am joined by Scott Klein, host of the Data Exposed and SQL Unplugged shows, for a whirlwind tour of some of the advancements in data technology that have appeared recently. We review data technologies and services covering both on-premises and the cloud. Highlights include: – SQL Server 2016 [03:30] -> Some…

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Visual Studio Toolbox: What’s New in Xamarin.Forms

In this episode, I am joined by James Montemagno, who shows us what is new in the latest version of Xamarin.Forms, which enables you to build a native UI for three platforms with one shared C# codebase. Simply put, if you know C# then you already know how to build iOS, Android, and Windows apps….

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Visual Studio Toolbox: Getting Started with Xamarin

In this episode, I welcome James Montemagno back to the show to talk about how you can get started developing with Xamarin. James shows exactly what you need to get started building mobile apps with Xamarin including the hardware required and software you need to install. He then shows how to leverage your existing .NET…

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