Visual Studio Toolbox: What’s New in Visual Studio 2017

This is the 200th episode of Visual Studio Toolbox and the perfect opportunity to celebrate the release of Visual Studio 2017, as well as the 20th birthday of Visual Studio and the 15th birthday of .NET. I shows some a number of new features in Visual Studio 2017, including: The new Install experience [02:10] The revised…

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Episode 70 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Visual Studio 2013 Preview

Visual Studio 2013 Preview is here with lots of exciting new features across Windows Store, Desktop and Web development. Dmitry Lyalin joins me for a whirlwind tour of this preview of the next release of Visual Studio, which is now available for download. Dmitry and Robert show the following in this episode: Recap of Team…

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Episode 63 of Visual Studio Toolbox: Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

Starting with Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft has moved to providing updates to Visual Studio on a regular cadence of shorter intervals. The second such update, Visual Studio 2012 Update 2, is now available. In addition to bug fixes, Update 2 contains new features in four areas: agile planning, quality enablement, line of business applications, and developer experience. In…

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Episode 19 of Visual Studio Toolbox (Project Compatibility in Visual Studio 11) is now live

Backward compatibility of projects and solutions has always been a tricky issue for developers. Previously, if you built a solution in Visual Studio 2008 and opened it in Visual Studio 2010, you were presented with the Visual Studio Conversion Wizard. After running the Wizard, you could open your project in Visual Studio 2010, but you…

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Episode 9 of Visual Studio Toolbox (JScript Editor Extensions) is now live

Damian Edwards of the ASP.NET product team joins us this week and shows off the JScript Editor Extensions. These four extensions add support for brace matching, the <para> tag, outlining, and highlighting instances of a word. Damian will demonstrate how these enable you to more quickly and easily write JScript. After the demos, we talk…

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Episode 8 of Visual Studio Toolbox (LightSwitch Starter Kits) is now live

This week we look at LightSwitch, which launched on July 26 and is now available for purchase. Of course, if you are an MSDN Subscriber you get it as part of your subscription. LightSwitch is the fastest way to build database applications for the desktop and the cloud. In this episode, you will see how to…

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Episode 6 of Visual Studio Toolbox (All-In-One Code Framework) is now live

Mei Liang is our guest this week. She is here to talk about the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework, a code sample library provided by the Microsoft Community team. The Microsoft Community team monitors the MSDN forums, as well as other developer hangouts, and then creates code samples that address the issues developers run into. In…

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Episode 5 of Visual Studio Toolbox (Reporting Performance Issues with PerfWatson) is now live

This week we look at using the PerfWatson extension to log and report when the Visual Studio UI thread has become unresponsive. We are joined by Cameron McColl, who explains what PerfWatson is, why it was invented and what it does. Basically, PerfWatson monitors the VS UI thread and any time it is unresponsive for 2 seconds or…

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Episode 4 of Visual Studio Toolbox (Creating and Using Code Snippets) is now live

This week, we look at code snippets. This is one of my favorite features in Visual Studio. Whenever I give talks, I always use code snippets. Some people copy code from Notepad. Some people drag code from the Toolbox. Not me. I create snippets. I store all the snippets for each talk in their own…

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Episode 3 of Visual Studio Toolbox is now live

Perfect timing. While everyone is blogging and tweeting about Steven Sinofsky showing Windows 8 at D9, I post episode 3 of Visual Studio Toolbox. 🙂 In this episode of Visual Studio Toolbox, we talk about reuse, something we want as much of as we can get. We look at how you can create your own…

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