Visual Studio Community – Free Python Development Tools!

But isn’t all Python free? Yes! As it should be. But now you get the sweet Visual Studio features for Python… FOR FREE!!!   Download Visual Studio Community here: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691978   And we’re going to dig into it! When? Right now!!!   Python Tools for Visual Studio Completely free Python support within Visual Studio. CPython,…

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Visual Studio Code – All the Git Features!!!

Visual Studio Code supports Git… like a BOSS!!! VS Code gets Git!   Let’s look at the features! Git version control Commit, diff, pull and push Embrace modern workflows with the power and flexibility of Git. See changed files, diffs, and make commits right from within the editor. Connect with the entire Git universe by…

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Visual Studio Code – NEW FEATURES: Git Services, Git Status, & GitHub!!!

The 0.10.5 December release features a plethora of improvements, including… Scoped Git Services It is now possible to open a sub-directory of a Git repository in VS Code. VS Code’s Git services will still work as usual, showing all changes within the repository, but file changes outside of the scoped directory are shaded and have…

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Visual Studio Code – NEW FEATURES: 4 Language Improvements (JavaScript, TypeScript, JSX, & TSX)

The 0.10.5 December release features a plethora of improvements, including… ES6 is the new default We have made ES6 the default for JavaScript files. This means you don’t need to create jsconfig.jsonfiles to enable new syntax and by default you get suggestions for ES6-types, like Promise, Set, Map,String.startsWith and much more. Thanks to a community contribution. At the same time, the…

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Visual Studio Code – NEW RELEASE: v0.10.5 – New Insider’s Channel + 32 New Features/Updates!!!

We have a new December release! First, the Visual Studio Code team would like to thank you with a personal note and information about closing bugs on GitHub. Please read that here: https://code.visualstudio.com/updates   Next, let’s look at the new Insider’s Channel feature so you can automatically get the prerelease builds! Insider’s Channel There is now…

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Small Basic: Turtle Polygon Patterns

Here is a gallery of some of our favorite patterns made with the Turtle object in Small Basic!   This first Turtle pattern comes from litdev: Turtle.Speed = 10 For i = 1 To 600 Turtle.Move(10) Turtle.Turn(i*11) EndFor   Next, here’s an interesting shape from Zock77: Import code: FFB727   As a bit of a…

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NEW WHITEPAPER: Using Power BI in a Hybrid Environment

Summary: Many organizations are taking advantage of the benefits of cloud computing such as lower capital expenditures and increased agility, while still maintaining data in on-premises data stores. This paper describes best practices for security, networking, and component architecture for building a hybrid business intelligence (BI) environment by using a combination of Microsoft Office 365,…

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Collecting some good ASCII Art

This blog post is just exploring some ASCII art that can be used for quick exercises for new programmers to display on a TextWindow.   1. Elf Man   *——*  _| (.)(.) |_  \|   /\    |/   |  \__/ | *–  | |  –*    __/\__   2. Hello     __  __     ____        / / /…

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Good Comments and Bad Ones

This is Day 5 of 30 Days of Small Basic Part 1.   Different languages use different methods to block off code comments. Here are three different syntaxes of code commenting: <!– Code Commenting to give a section title –> // Code commenting, usually after a statement on that same line ‘ Code commenting, usually after…

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The Hunger Board Games

We’re looking at some crazy ideas for community challenges in the Small Basic forums: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbasic/threads/   So what about Hunger Board Games? What would that look like?   I think it would be an interesting group project (usually they are individual projects). But a group could team together to program a silly board game like…

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