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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