Azure Notebooks now support F#

Last week I blogged about the availability of the new Data Storage and Data Science workloads in Visual Studio 2017 RC. The Data Science workload specifically provides support for the following: R integration, along with Microsoft’s optimized R libraries Python integration, along with the Anaconda distro F# integration with FSharp.Data, FsLab and Nuget libraries These… Read more

dotnetConf is back! Free live streaming developer event – June 7th-9th 2016

.NET plays an important role in the lives of many Visual Studio developers, I for one have worked on many ASP.NET, WPF Desktop and other back-end .NET services over the years in my career and therefore its really exciting for me to be part of the team to bring you yet another dotnetConf, back again… Read more

10 things you should try on the leap day

It’s February 2016 and so those of us on the Gregorian calendar get to enjoy an extra day in the month! What will you do in those 24 bonus hours? How about learning some new tools and technologies? Here are ten great suggestions—OK, eleven! It is a leap year, so it’s a leap list: Get… Read more

Write once and deploy to Microsoft Azure or Microsoft Azure Stack from Visual Studio

The Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview gives enterprises the ability to deliver Azure applications and services from their own datacenters. Today, we’re happy to share that we’ve built Azure Stack support into Visual Studio’s Azure Resource Group deployment process. Enterprises today must manage both hyper-scale web applications and complex requirements such as ensuring regulatory compliance… Read more

Free Visual Studio Dev Essentials Program now includes $300 in Azure credits and Exclusive Xamarin University access

In November, we introduced the Visual Studio Dev Essentials Program to give developers everything they need to get started building and deploying apps on any platform, for free. Over the past 75 days more than 400,000 developers have signed up for the program to take advantage of deep technical training from Pluralsight and Wintellect, as… Read more

Connect(“demos”); // 2015: HealthClinic.biz

During Connect(); //2015 we showcased many technologies available to you as a developer across Azure, Office, Windows, Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team Services. We’ve also heard from you that you love to have real-world applications through which you can directly experience what’s possible using those technologies. This year, then, we built out a full… Read more

News and Announcements at Connect(); //2015

Today we held the Connect(); //2015 event in New York, where we introduced many new products and features that we’ve been working on. In this post I’ll share the highlights with you, and you can watch the Connect(); event along with many additional on-demand videos on http://www.visualstudio.com/connect2015. Visual Studio Code beta release. In this beta… Read more

Writing and Using Custom Code in U-SQL – User-Defined Functions

In my last blog post, I introduced U-SQL as the new Big Data query language for the Azure Data Lake that unifies the benefits of SQL with the expressive power of your own code. Today we are announcing the availability of the Azure Data Lake in public preview. You can now try U-SQL in Visual… Read more

Top News for September 2015

Hello everyone! Every month we share some top stories from the previous month, and here’s our round-up for September. Open-source, cross-platform MSBuild: Continuing the open-source, cross-platform .NET story that is already well underway with .NET Core and the .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”), MSBuild is joining the fun as explained by Nikolai Tillmann. The sources are… Read more

Introducing U-SQL – A Language that makes Big Data Processing Easy

Microsoft announced the new Azure Data Lake services for analytics in the cloud that includes a hyper-scale repository, a new analytics service built on YARN that allows data developers and data scientists to analyze all data, and HDInsight, a fully managed Hadoop, Spark, Storm and HBase service. Azure Data Lake Analytics includes U-SQL, a language… Read more