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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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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Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2014 – Power View for Multidimensional Models

Power View for Multidimensional Models   The ability to create Power View reports against multidimensional models was first introduced in SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Cumulative Update 4. Power View for Multidimensional Models functionality is now included as part of SQL Server 2014. Power View Report for a Multidimensional Model This functionality helps organizations…

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Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2014 – SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)

  Updates to Design Tool installation   SQL Server Data Tools for Business Intelligence (SSDT BI), previously known as Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS), is used to create Analysis Services models, Reporting Services reports, and Integration Services packages. In this pre-release version of SQL Server 2014, SQL Server Setup no longer installs SSDT BI. The…

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Why create a TechNet Wiki article when you can just link to an MSDN Forum thread?

So why should you create a TechNet Wiki article when you can just link to an existing forum thread? This blog post is part of the Social Synergy series.   Well, I think the need for a Wiki really hit me a few years back when I was searching for a solution to get my software…

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